Canoe Foundation awards over £85,000 in grant funding for recent projects

Over the last 12 months, the Canoe Foundation has awarded more than £85,000 in grants to local projects to improve physical access to waterways and coastal locations for paddlers.

The projects awarded funding can be found below.

Projects awarded grant funding in February 2021

Hoveton Wetlands – Restoration Project – £3,500

Improving access and engagement on the nature trail at Hoveton. This grant will go towards helping make the trail more accessible to canoes, kayaks and SUPs.

Cardiff International White Water Centre – Pontoon Access- £10,000

A grant awarded for pontoon access at the centre. This is to expand the offering at the White Water centre to flat water too, as well as creating a canoe trail access to expand paddling routes for local paddlers to access Cardiff Bay and the River Tay and Ely close by. The project will also help the centre expand its flat water initiative through this infrastructure to work with more inner city communities and introduce more people to nature and paddling.

Buzz Active (East Sussex County Council) – River Bank and Access Improvements – £5,000

Grant awarded for river bank access improvements at the Meansders, Seven Sisters Country Park. This work is to prevent erosion and ensure the public have good access to the water.

Explore Kent (Kent County Council) – Medway Canoe Trail – £3,300

Redesign of the Medway Canoe Trail guidance. Encouraging people to use the entire trail length and alleviating pressure on the more popular spots by demonstrating all the places you can paddle to the local community.

Tresseck Campsite – Canoe Launch and Parking – £2,340

Upgrading facilities for hire companies and paddlers from the campsite to access the River Wye at Hoarwithy with the installation of concrete steps. This installation will also help prevent bank erosion at the site.

Mountain Training Trust – Llynnau Mymbyr Access project – £4,000

Grant awarded to create an access and egress point at Llynnau Mymbyr. This includes the creation of ramps, tack and pontoon so people with mobility difficulties can access the lake too.

Biblins Youth Campsite – Launch Point – £5,000

A site based on the River Wye, awarded grant funding for repairing flood damage to a canoe launch installed a few years ago. A compost toilet will also be funded as part of the project.

Endeavor Training – Tinsley Marina Canoe Hub – £7,500

Supporting the creation of a paddlesport hub on the Sheffield Canal at Tinsley Marina. The Foundation is helping to fund the work to make the hub more accessible, with pathways, meeting points, pontoon, toilets and signage.

Belfast Kayak Club – Public Access Point Improvements – £7,000

Funding repairs to the access point on the River Lough as part of the Stangford Canoe Trail.

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AoONB – Lower Dee Mill Egress Point – £10,000

With an increased usage, the original access point now has begun to deteriorate, so the Canoe Foundation will be funding repairs to the access point to ensure that paddlers can still access this part of the river.

Ruby’s Yard Community Interest – Picnic and Paddle – £5,000

A project to transform the old commercial boatyard on the Coventry Canal. The aim is the fully restore the concrete slipway and create launch points to help develop paddling in the local community.

Hereford County Canoe Club – Railway Inn Canoe Access – £2,000

Funding for an installation point to make the River Lugg more accessible to paddlers. Due to install a launch point, steps and handrail.

Broads Authority – Norwich Canoe Pontoon – £7,000

Funding to install an easily accessible pontoon in the city centre of Norwich. Aiding sustainable travel options within Norwich and providing another break/stop/access and egress point in the city.

Wave after Wave – Firestone Bay Project – £4,000

A project to create safe access to Firestone Bay, Plymouth. The project will create a sustainable access for canoes, kayak and SUPs.

North West British Canoeing Region – Halton Rapids Safety Access and Egress – £5,000

This grant will go towards ensuring safety issues around the rapids are fixed to prevent any future incidents.

YMCA Fairthorne – Manor River Access Development – £5,000

The grant awarded to this project will go towards the installation of a compost toilet, improve parking on site and make improvements to the boathouse access.

Have you got a project in need of funding? Take a look at our criteria to see if you qualify to apply for a Canoe Foundation grant.

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