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 62 organisations across the UK to the value of £32 million. This funding is forecast to deliver nearly 6,000 jobs and help attract £56 million of additional funds to coastal areas. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of Government.
Coastal Communities Fund 2014
The third and final round of the current CCF programme will open in early January 2014. This will combine CCF funding from 2014/15 and 2015/16 budgets. In this round we are looking for fully developed projects that can spend their CCF award before the programme closes in March 2016. The total funding available for round three will be confirmed in July 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. Information about these, as well as who is eligible to apply, is below.
Grants of £50,000 and over are available. The following types of organisation can apply:
- 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
Co-finance is not a requirement of CCF but those applications with funding from other sources will need to provide evidence that all other funding has been secured by the stage two application deadline.
Priorities in England - (to follow)
Priorities in Northern Ireland
Priorities in Scotland
Priorities in Wales
Here are some examples of types of projects we are looking to fund.
The third and final round of CCF will open in early January 2014. On this date we are inviting stage one applications, those who we think meet our criteria for funding will be invited to submit a stage two application.
The deadlines for stage one applications are:
In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, projects who are successful at stage one will be notified in April/May 2014 and invited to submit a fuller, stage two application in July/August 2014. Awards will be announced in September to October 2014. The timetable for England will be confirmed shortly.
To help you find out if your project is suitable for funding from the CCF programme you can book a place on one of the webinars we are running for projects in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland in December 2013 and January 2014.
Webinars will take place on 5 December. Both sessions are the same.
Register for the webinar below:
For projects in Wales we will run two briefing events, one in Barmouth on Tuesday 14 January and the other in Pembrey and Burry Port on Friday 17 January 2014. To book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0845 4 10 20 30.
Requirements for capital projects
Capital projects are those involving land, buildings or other construction-related works. These projects will have to meet particular requirements to be eligible for funding the PDF below has more information about this. We would also like you to contact us at email@example.com or telephone 0845 4 10 20 30 before applying. We will talk to you about your project to advise you if it is suitable for this round of CCF before you apply.
Capital project eligibility and guidance
We will expect applicants to self-evaluate the extent to which their project is compliant with European State Aid rules. More information on State Aid rules is available here
State aid guidance
Details of CCF-funded projects in year one and two
In the first two years CCF got more applications than we could fund and the projects which were successful demonstrated the following:
- Clear project outputs which could be evidenced, in particular job creation
- Ability to deliver within agreed timescales
- Sustainability of activity and longer term impact.
Find out which projects received funding in the first and second years of CCF:
- England - round one
- Northern Ireland - round one
- Scotland - round one
- Wales - round one
- Wales - round two
- England – round two – to follow in December
- Scotland - round two - to follow in December
- Northern Ireland - round two - to follow in December
Contact our enquiries line on 0845 4 10 20 30 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information which might be helpful to you can be found in the Good Governance guide