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Coastal Communities Fund

Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed


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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 104 organisations across the UK to the value of £53.6 million. This funding is forecast to deliver 7,655 jobs and help attract around £90 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.

Decisions are expected to be made in June/July on which applications will be invited to submit a full stage two application. Stage two applications will be submitted in September/October, with dates confirmed to those invited to progress.

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.

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
  • charities
  • 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.

CCF-funded projects in year one and two

In the first two years CCF received significantly 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:

Resources for stage two applicants

Projects that are invited to stage two of the CCF application process will be required to complete the following forms: 

Further information which might be helpful can be found in the Good governance guide

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 and the PDF below has more information about this .

State aid

We 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.


Contact us by email at ccf@bigfund.org.uk or call our enquiries line on 0845 4 10 20 30.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation
  • Public sector organisation
  • Private sector organisation