Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations, Private sector organisations
Funding size
£50,000 to £300,000
Application deadline
Open in Wales only. The Stage one deadline is 12 noon, 12th March 2018
Summary Arrow pointing down

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

Since the start of the CCF in 2012 we have awarded grants to 277 organisations across the UK to the value of £170 million. This funding is forecast to deliver over 16,000 jobs and help attract over £316 million of additional funds to coastal areas.*

The Big Lottery Fund has delivered the CCF on behalf of the UK government and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The UK government announced in 2015 that the CCF will be extended to 2021 with at least £90 million of new funding available for the period 2017/18 to 2020/21.

A further funding round is currently open in Wales only. The next funding round for England and Northern Ireland is expected to be announced later in 2018. Details regarding future funding in Scotland are still to be advised.

Coastal Communities Fund annual progress report

For information on the progress of projects funded in CCF rounds one, two and three, read CCF’s first two annual progress reports.

* These figures include all funding in rounds one to three, and round four funding for England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Round 5 (Wales Only) Arrow pointing down

CCF round five is currently open in Wales only and the application deadline for stage one applicants is midday on 12 March 2018.

Funding of between £50,000 and £300,000 is available for projects that will support the economic development of coastal communities in Wales by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, with all projects to be completed by March 2021.

Who can apply

You can apply for round five of CCF in Wales if you are a:

  • private sector company
  • local authority
  • other public sector body
  • charity
  • voluntary and community sector organisation
  • social enterprise, including co-operatives and community ownership initiatives
  • development agency.

Your organisation must have at least two unrelated members aged 18 or over on the management committee. We are unable to fund sole traders.

Want to double check your project is eligible? Click here to use our eligibility checker.

Alternatively, you can contact our Advice team by emailing or calling 0300 123 0735 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Briefing events

To find out more about the Coastal Communities Fund and to hear from projects that have received funding through previous rounds of the programme, sign up to one of our briefing events below.

  • 6 February 2018 at Aberaeron Yacht Club, Ceredigion – Register here
  • 13 February 2018 at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead – Register here
  • 15 February 2018 at Llanelli Library, Carmarthenshire – Register here
  • 19 February 2018 at Prestatyn Football Club, Denbighshire – Register here

If you’re unable to attend any of these events but would like to talk to someone about the programme, contact us using the details above.

Funded Projects Arrow pointing down

We received a lot of applications for the four rounds of CCF, but 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

Projects funded by CCF

Round one

England – round one awards (PDF, 600KB)

Northern Ireland – round one awards (PDF, 160KB)

Scotland – round one awards (PDF, 270KB)

Wales – round one awards (PDF, 1.9MB)

Round two

England – round two awards (PDF, 320KB)

Northern Ireland – round two awards (PDF, 200KB)

Scotland – round two awards (PDF, 330KB)

Wales – round two awards (PDF, 270KB)

Round three

England – round three early awards (PDF, 200KB)

England – round three early awards (PDF, 190KB)

Northern Ireland – round three (PDF, 210KB)

Wales – round three (PDF, 380KB)

Scotland – round three (PDF, 270KB)

England – round three (PDF, 260KB)

Wales – round three additional awards (PDF, 210KB)

Round four

England – round four awards (PDF, 250KB)

Northern Ireland – round four awards (PDF, 250KB)

Scotland – round four awards (PDF, 220KB)

Wales – round four awards (PDF, 240KB)

Enquiries Arrow pointing down

For round five enquiries in Wales, contact us by email at or call our enquiries line on 0300 123 0735.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter and Facebook.

For enquiries in England, please contact the Department for Communities and Local Government by email at

For enquiries in Scotland and Northern Ireland, contact us by email at

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