Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed the announcement that East Sussex has been granted £2,568,549 from the Conservative Government’s £200 million UK Community Renewal Fund, which will support five projects.
One such project is a bid from the Charleston Trust in the Lewes constituency called ‘Investing in high-value and sustainable wine and cultural tourism to inform pan-Sussex growth as part of Global Britain’ which has received £719,000 from the fund.
In total, the UK Community Renewal Fund will support around 500 locally-led, innovative projects across the UK, helping breathe new life into towns, villages and coastal communities as the Conservative Government delivers on its mission to level up the nation.
The £200 million fund will also help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022, the scheme that will see UK-wide funding at least match EU investment, reaching around £1.5 billion a year.
As part of our levelling up agenda, the Conservative Government is spreading opportunity and improving public services, boosting living standards, restoring local pride, and empowering local leaders and communities.
This fund is in addition to the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund, which will invest in infrastructure to support economic recovery, as well as the £150 million Community Ownership Fund, which empowers communities to take ownership of treasured assets such as local pubs, post offices and football stadiums at risk of closure.
Maria Caulfield MP said “From my time serving as an MP in East Sussex, I know just how important and valued community life is to people here.
“The £2,568,549 of new funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund for East Sussex County Council will fund vital projects in our community, boosting the local economy and creating opportunities. I was pleased to support the bid by Charleston in their bid to create sustainable wine and cultural tours of Sussex which has been awarded £719,100.”
“This funding shows how the Conservatives are delivering on our manifesto commitment to level up the country as we build back better from the pandemic.”
Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove said “We are levelling up in every corner of the United Kingdom, backing locally-led projects that will make a real difference to communities and help to deliver our net zero commitments.
“There is incredible talent spread right across our great country and this investment will unlock the opportunities to match.”