Coastal Projects Awarded £835k Funding

A number of coastal projects in Northern Ireland are set to benefit from £835,000 funding, with 55 jobs and 212 indirect positions to be created.

The Coastal Communities Fund support has been awarded to nine projects by the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), with some receiving up to £100,000.

Initiatives along the coast from Limavady in the north West to Newcastle in the south East will enjoy the funding boost, which is expected to create 55 jobs, 212 indirect roles and attract £500,000 in additional investment from public and private sector companies.

The funding includes support for volunteering and employment opportunities for vulnerable persons, parents or families returning to education, the restoration of a tourist attraction, business units creating employment opportunities, and an environmental apprenticeship scheme.
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Announcing the awards, Claire Vincent, Acting Director of Marine and Fisheries Division said: "I am delighted to announce this significant support towards the development of our communities along the Northern Ireland coast and which will fund a wide range of projects that have been designed and developed by local people and which will create jobs and improve lives, which is consistent with the Programme's objective that 'coastal communities will experience regeneration and economic growth'.

"I congratulate all nine successful applicants in what was a very competitive and heavily subscribed Programme and would wish them every success in the delivery of their projects which will contribute to the creation of 267 jobs in our coastal communities."

The protects awarded are as follows:

• Roe Valley Enterprises Ltd, Limavady Innovation Hub- £100,000

• SERC, Family Learning Together Hub- £99,373

• Causeway Enterprise Agency Ltd, Immersive Causeway Experience Programme- £85,600

• Whitehead Community Association, King's Road Regeneration Project- £99,981

• Now Project Ltd T/A Now Group, Loaf Pottery Community Project- £93,943

• Kairos Enterprises, ARK Community Gardens- £96,490

• The Conservation Volunteers, Creating Environmental Jobs on the North Coast- £99,042

• Rathlin Island Co-operative, Serving the Community- £60,502

• Ards & North Down Borough Council, Ballywalter Lime Kilns - £100,000


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