The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) aims to encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. Since the start of the CCF in 2012 we have awarded grants to 114 organisations across the UK to the value of £62 million. This funding is forecast to deliver 8,645 jobs and help attract around £96 million of additional funds to coastal areas. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Coastal Communities Fund 2014
The closing date for applications to Round three of CCF was noon 30 April 2014. Round three includes CCF funding for 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. The Government has committed itself to the CCF until 2016/17. There are no plans at present for future rounds.
Projects have now been invited to stage two of the application process, with full applications to be submitted in September / October 2014.
Funding decisions are expected to be announced in December 2014 for projects in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and February 2015 for projects in England.
A small number of early awards in England were announced in August 2014.
Priorities and eligibility
CCF is a UK-wide programme and the single outcome is that 'coastal communities will experience regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs, and safeguard existing jobs'. However there are also some country specific requirements and priorities which are detailed in the help notes document below.
Grants of £50,000 and over are available to the following types of organisation:
- local authorities
- development agencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- local enterprise partnerships in England
- other public sector bodies
- voluntary and community sector organisations
- social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives
- private sector companies
In Round three we are looking to support fully-developed projects that are able to spend all of their CCF funding before 31 December 2016.