£298,000 boost for Kinneil

coastalfundlogo1Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness is set to benefit from a Government cash boost.

The charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) has been awarded £298,241 from the Coastal Communities Fund to make improvements in the area.

The allocation was revealed in a document posted on the Big Lottery Fund website.

It says the money will fund a two-year project to “improve the coastal paths and woodland of Kinneil Estate by establishing it as a key visitor attraction. Work will involve upgrading key tourist routes throughout the estate including the John Muir Way and the National Cycle Route. The project will be delivered by TCV and supported by Falkirk Community Trust (FCT) who have identified priority areas of work through the Kinneil Estate Masterplan.”

The Trust, Falkirk Council and TCV are expected to make further comment on their plans soon.

20walkersinkinneilwoods-rgb-300dpiThe Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

Since the start of the CCF in 2012, grants up to the value of £170 million have been awarded.

The Big Lottery says this funding is forecast to deliver over 16,000 jobs and help attract over £316 million of additional funds to coastal areas.

The Big Lottery Fund has delivered the CCF on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The UK Government announced in 2015 that the CCF will be extended to 2021 with at least £90m of new funding available for the period 2017/18 to 2020/21.

The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets.

The Kinneil cash allocation was part of a round of funding announced by the Scottish Government on July 6. 

Coastal Communities Funding Round 4 announcement – including Kinneil (PDF)