Deadline for coastal grants fund extended

Last February,  the council launched the second and final round inviting applications to the East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder (ERCCP) Small Grants Fund.  

The fund is aimed at enabling individuals, groups and businesses in the East Riding to develop unique approaches to coastal erosion and coastal and/or estuarine flood risk management.  

This is one of the final stages of the ERCCP, a £1.2m project funded by the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and delivered by the council since February 2010.

In total, £100,000 is available through the Small Grants Fund and the final round will now close at 5pm on 18 May  rather than 5pm on 30 April,  as previously advertised.  The extension is designed to give interested parties as much time as possible in which to submit applications, particularly as postal services  will be affected by Bank Holidays.

Under the terms of the fund, grants from £500 to a maximum of £30,000 can be awarded to schemes that promote coastal adaptation and coastal and/or estuarine flood resilience.  Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from the coastal change page, until the closing date for applications, Friday 18 May.  Hard copies of documents can also be requested via telephone on (01482) 391728 and e-mail coastal.management@eastriding.gov.uk

All applications to the Small Grants Fund will be assessed by an independent panel, and final decisions will be sent to applicants in summer.  To maximise the benefits of the Defra funding, the funding is not open to those already receiving financial assistance through the ERCCP Enhanced Assistance Package or from the first round of the Small Grants Fund.  

Any of the £100,000 which remains unallocated following the second call period of the Small Grants Fund will be defrayed to coastal communities via a coastal change fund based upon the existing ERCCP eligibility criteria and processes.

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