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Coastal Communities Fund

Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities
Application deadline:
30 April 2014


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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 UK Government has recently confirmed that the CCF programme will be extended to the end of the 2016/17 financial year. Round three will combine the budgets for this period, to give an increased pot and encourage more ambitious use of CCF funds. In Round three we will be looking to support fully-developed projects that are able to spend all their CCF funding before 31 December 2016.

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. 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
  • charities
  • voluntary and community sector organisations
  • social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives
  • private sector companies

Whilst co-finance is not a requirement of CCF, applicants with funding from other sources will need to provide evidence that all other funding has been secured by the stage two application deadline.

Opening and closing dates for 2014 applications

The third round of CCF opened on 7 March 2014. At this time we are inviting stage one applications. The deadline for stage one applications is midday on 30 April 2014. Those who we consider best meet our criteria for funding will be invited in June/July to submit a stage two application later in the year. 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.

For sample copies of the stage two application materials, please see the Help with applying section below.

Help with applying

To help you find out if your project is suitable for funding from the CCF programme, and for an overview of how to complete the stage one application form, we will be running application workshop webinars in March 2014. There will be a particular focus on key requirements for capital projects involving land and buildings or other construction-related work.

Register for the application workshop webinars below:

To enquire whether your project will be eligible for CCF round three,  please email ccf@bigfund.org.uk or telephone 0845 4 10 20 30.

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

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.

We would also like you to contact us at ccf@bigfund.org.uk or telephone 0845 4 10 20 30 to arrange a telephone interview 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

State aid

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


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

Further information which might be helpful to you can be found in the Good Governance guide

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:


Organisation Types

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