Funding workshop for coastal groups

Councillor Jane Evision with Annabel Hanson, Waterways Partnership Co-ordinator;  Andy Wheeler, Coastal Opportunities Gateway Programme Manager; and Joel Stockton, Coastal Opportunities Gateway Project Officer.
Councillor Jane Evision with Annabel Hanson, Waterways Partnership Co-ordinator; Andy Wheeler, Coastal Opportunities Gateway Programme Manager; and Joel Stockton, Coastal Opportunities Gateway Project Officer.

There was an excellent turn out for the free funding workshop called ‘Valuing the Environment, Revitalising our Communities’, which was held at The Spa, Bridlington.

The event was targeted at groups and businesses with an interest in the coast or inland waterways. It was hosted by the Coastal Opportunities Gateway (an East Riding of Yorkshire Council project) with support from the East and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership.

The workshop, which saw 70 people attend, focused on funding opportunities for new and existing projects that seek to protect, conserve and enhance the local area while capitalising on the social and economic benefits linked to the natural environment.

Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism, who said: “I was delighted to see so many local groups and businesses attending this event.

“It was a great opportunity for them to tap into the knowledge and expertise of the funders present and draw inspiration from the range of funding possibilities available. I am hoping many of our participants will have gained the information and confidence they need to take their projects to the next step.”

Hilary Brooke from the Canal and River Trust’s North East Waterway Partnership attended the workshop.

She said: “The funding workshop was inspiring, practical and well organised. The ‘open door’ approach from prospective funders was really refreshing.”