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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has encouraged local businesses and voluntary organisations to submit funding applications to the Coastal Communities Fund.

The fund aims to support the economic development of coastal communities like Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head by awarding funding to deliver sustainable economic growth and jobs.

‘The south coast is undergoing huge economic changes, so I welcome the fact that the government is investing in communities like Gosport to provide local people with job opportunities,’ said Ms Dinenage.

‘I’m also glad that for this round the government has added coastal flood recovery and risk management to priority areas for the fund.

‘We’ve all seen the incredibly destructive power of flooding recently, and I welcome this move to focus on coastal protections.

‘I would urge businesses and any voluntary groups and organisations to make applications to the fund.’

The 2014 funding round is hosted by Big Lottery. It is accepting applications until April 30.

Applicants should contact the Big Lottery Advice line on 0845 410 20 30 or email ccf@bigfund.org.uk.

For more information about the Coastal Communities Fund, including qualification criteria, visit biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/uk-wide/coastal-communities.