Government Announces Consultation on Inland Waterway Grant Scheme

Government Announces Consultation on Inland Waterway Grant Scheme

11 September 2014

The Government published a consultation document at the beginning of September seeking views of how it will award grants to organisations who are involved in rescue activities on inland waterways.

As first announced in the Budget in March, the grants will total £1 million per annum over five years and are to be awarded to organisations operating in the UK who are involved in both safety and rescue activities on inland and inshore waters. The scheme is to be established and run by the Department for Transport.

This consultation offers the public the opportunity to comment on several key aspects of the future grant regime. There are nine main questions to which the Government seeks views:

  • Who can apply for funding?
  • How can we ensure funding is awarded to those who can make best use of it?
  • Should the grant be for capital items, operational costs or compensation for VAT/Excise Duty costs?
  • How can we design in recipient sustainability?
  • How we can ensure value for money, should we offer part/joint funding only?
  • What measurements should we use when evaluating applications?
  • Should grant awards be accompanied by a commitment by the recipient?
  • How should the grant funding be distributed to the relevant bodies?
  • Any other thoughts and comments you would like to provide.

Responses to the consultation should be emailed to maritime@dft.gsi.gov.uk by no later than Monday 29th September. The Government plans to consider all responses, which help form its plan for administering and allocating the grant funds in the early part of 2015.

The full consultation document and further information can be found at the GOV.UK website.

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