On 13 February, the council will launch the second (and final) call period for the East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder (ERCCP) Small Grants Fund. This fund was initially launched in early 2011 to enable individuals, groups and businesses in the East Riding to develop unique approaches to coastal erosion and coastal and/or estuarine flood risk management.
Funding of £100,000 is available and the call period will run from 13 February – 30 April (inclusive).
This is one of the final stages of the ERCCP, a £1.2m project funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and delivered by the council since February 2010.
Under the terms of the Small Grants 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 are available to download on the coastal change page from Monday, 13 February until the closing date for applications, Monday 30 April. Hard copies of all documents can also be requested from the ERCCP team from 13 February.
Tel: (01482) 391728
During the first call period in spring 2011, approximately £50,000 of the available £150,000 was allocated to coastal communities. Projects which were allocated funding include a private footpath to serve residential properties affected by the loss of a coastal road, and the installation of door boards and air-brick covers to improve the coastal flood resilience of a residential property.
All applications to the Small Grants Fund will be assessed by an independent panel and final decisions will be sent to applicants in early summer. To maximise the benefits of the Defra funding, the second call period of the Small Grants Fund 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 passed to coastal communities through a coastal change fund based upon the existing ERCCP eligibility criteria and processes.