The Solent Forum

Working in parnership for the future

Strategic Coastal Opportunities Workshop

Date and Venue

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 7th November commencing at 10am. The venue is the Winchester Discovery Centre.

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Overall Aim

This free workshop is being organised and run by the Solent Forum, the coastal partnership for the Solent, as a member service. Solent Forum members and other relevant parties will be invited, e.g. representatives of local Coastal Community Teams.

The purpose of the workshop is to help Solent Forum members and other key interested parties think about and prepare for bidding for future coastal funding streams. The main funding streams to date have been the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), which is currently in its fifth round, and the Coastal Revival Fund (funding of heritage assets). The CCF programme funds projects over £50,000 that will ultimately lead to regeneration and economic growth whilst directly or indirectly safeguarding and creating sustainable jobs. However the CCF stream is currently under review, and we will need to wait until next year’s spending review to see how it may change, see below.

‘The Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns was appointed on the 17th of May and will report by the 31st March 2019. The main focus of the Select Committee is collating evidence to support the continuation of the Coastal Communities Fund, and in particular hard evidence of successes from CCF investment is sought’. 

The geographical focus of this workshop is the area covered by the remit of the Solent Forum.

Please see the Coastal Communities Fund Annual Report for project ideas.

Workshop Objectives

Who Should Attend

The CCF funding stream was available to a range of organisations including charities, social enterprises, local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, development agencies, voluntary and community sector organisations and private sector companies. For this workshop we would like both coastal and funding officers from organisations to attend and others who have experience of making bids.

We would like attendees to come to the workshop prepared with ideas for potential bids and thoughts about the possibility of submitting collaborative bids (portfolio bids). The CCF in its current form is grants-based and although it is able to be the sole funder, it strongly encourages applicants to seek and provide additional funding. Partnership projects are also encouraged.