Have you got a big idea for Hoylake but need the funds to get started? Well a solution might be available to you!
The government recently announced that funding is being made available through the Coastal Communities Fund. Creative coastal entrepreneurs can bid for a share of £90 million government funding available UK-wide over the next 4 years to support their plans to reel in jobs and revitalise our much-loved seaside areas. Find out more about it all right here and here too.
Grants of between £50,000 and £4 million are available to a range of organisations including:
- coastal community teams
- development agencies
- local enterprise partnerships
- private sector companies
- social enterprises
- voluntary and community sector organisations
In an attempt to answer queries and to help you progress your ideas, Wirral Council are looking to arrange a meeting for all interested parties.
Jane Morgan (Constituency Manager, Wirral West) is proposing to have a meeting on Monday 20th June at 6pm (at Melrose Hall) to discuss the potential funding. In advance of that please get in touch with her with (email@example.com) – to provide your outline ideas and thoughts in advance by the end of next week (i.e. Friday 17th June) so that she can collate in advance. Jane comments: “If there is no appetite for a bid we think the discussion may be valuable anyway to see if there’s anything we can do to support community aspirations moving forward and to access other opportunities such as the Burbo Bank Community Fund.”
The opportunity of turning a disused toilet block into a cafe has now gone (concrete base went in on Wednesday morning by the way), but there must be other opportunities that are at least worth thinking about?
The old Hoylake lifeboat station is still available. My understanding is that a bid of £240,000 was offered but rejected by the vendors. Though your idea doesn’t have to be located right on the promenade I presume?
Maybe Market Street would be your chosen location, or the Carr Lane industrial estate? The library is under-utilised don’t you think – maybe there’s an opportunity to co-use it in some way? Or you might even have an idea for something on Hilbre Island?
There’s no reason why your local charity, social enterprise, private business, startup, etc can’t look at what’s potentially available.
So in the first instance, email firstname.lastname@example.org by next Friday to indicate your interest.