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£6.8m of projects confirmed in second slice of stimulus funding

£6.8m of projects confirmed in second slice of stimulus funding

Wednesday 16 June 2021

£6.8m of projects confirmed in second slice of stimulus funding

Wednesday 16 June 2021

£6.8m of Fiscal Stimulus Funding has been awarded in the second tranche of the £50m scheme, with projects including a new sports centre at Beaulieu, an adaptive surf centre, and turning part of Morel Farm in St. Lawrence into a bed and breakfast.

In the first tranche of the scheme, announced in April, £22.8m was awarded to 30 projects, while the second tranche received 65 new applications and a further 16 were moved into it from tranche one.

Of these, 26 projects - totalling £36m - were asked to provide a business case and were considered for funding.

The entire scheme is being funded by money borrowed by a consortium of local banks.

The second tranche involves 17 projects and 14 organisations. The £6.8m total is significantly less than the £25m allocated by Government when the scheme was launched last year. 

Whether and how to allocate the remaining funds is now being considered, depending on feedback from the various groups overseeing the scheme. Scrutiny will also be asked for their views and comments, and an announcement will be made “after further appraisal based on updated economic advice”.  

Treasury Minister Susie Pinel said: “This second round of Fiscal Stimulus Funding will support projects to protect our heritage, provide sports facilities, and support those who have need for special counselling services or for a specific schooling programme run by Every Child our Future.

“With this second tranche of funding we've again followed the criteria that for these projects to provide fiscal stimulus to the economy, they must be temporary, targeted and timely.

“We are confident that the projects being supported will help to stimulate the economy and provide additional benefits for islanders.”

Schemes receiving funds in this tranche include:

  • Almost £27,500 to Jersey Action Against Rape to increase the hours it provides counselling services, refurbish its base and develop a small ecommerce site.

  • £135,000 to Brighter Futures to develop a digital strategy to improve service delivery, and provide an internship programme.

  • £2.16 million for the National Trust to develop Morel Farm as a visitor experience, including “providing a bed and breakfast facility, glamping space and other tourist facilities”.

  • £980,000 to Durrell for enabling and preparatory works at Jersey Zoo to prepare for the construction of a new indoor gorilla house.

  • £411,000 for an Adaptive Surf Centre, run by Healing Waves.

  • £189,500 for the Shelter Trust to increase their available accommodation.

  • £1.5m to Beaulieu Convent to fund enabling works for a new sports centre for pupils and the community.

  • £244,000 to the Jersey Scouts Association for the refurbishment of the Scout Centre on the Five Mile Road and another £93,000 for the refurbishment of the Les Creux hall and campsite.

  • £60,000 to Every Child Our Future to run a two-week catch-up summer school for pupils of 11 -16 secondary school.

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