FACCT has made a bid into the Government’s Coastal Community Fund for help build the Town’s capacity to bring forward new projects and make significant bids to the fund in later bidding rounds. ‘We have plenty of really great ideas for economic growth coming forward from organisations in Falmouth, but we need help to build them up into practical projects’ said Cllr Candy Atherton, who leads the FACCT team. ‘The idea is to help work up the projects so that they are ‘oven-ready’ for submission to grant-making bodies.’ The capacity building bid is for £75,000 towards a total project cost of £100,000.
An application was also submitted by Falmouth Town Council, with FACCT’s approval, for funding of the Kimberley Park Community Stage (£65,000), which should be in place in time for next summer season.
FACCT also supported a bid made by the Cornwall Marine Network for the ‘Marine and Offshore Renewable Collaboration’ project to help local firms take advantage of the new business opportunities flowing from the developers of marine and offshore renewable energy projects.
Also supported was a bid by Falmouth Oyster Festival CiC to secure grant that would help the Festival extend its media coverage, attract higher profile bands and chefs, obtain improved equipment, extend the involvement of local schools, and attract sponsorship packages, all of which would help sustain the Festival into the future.