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Coastal Communities Fund

Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities
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Closed to applications


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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 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 £90m of new funding available for the period 2017/18 to 2020/21.

The next funding round is expected to commence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in late 2017. 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 1, 2 and 3 read CCF’s first two annual progress reports:

Coastal Communities Fund progress report 2014
Coastal Communities Fund progress report 2015
Coastal Communities Fund progress report 2016

*These figures include all funding in Rounds 1-3, and Round 4 funding for England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

CCF Round 4

CCF Round 4 is now closed to applications.

Awards for Round 4 of the CCF in England were announced on 30 March 2017. Details of these can be found below. If you have any questions regarding these awards please email coastalcommunitiesfund@communities.gsi.gov.uk. Successful applicants who are making any press announcements should refer to the guidance on logos which can be found below. If you need any further guidance on publicising a grant you can contact the DCLG press office on 0303 444 1201.

Awards for Round 4 of the CCF in Scotland and Northern Ireland were announced in June 2017. Details of these can also be found below. If you have any questions regarding these awards, or have any questions on how to publicise a grant, please email ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk

Funded projects

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.

Find out which projects have been funded to date by CCF:


For enquiries in England please contact DCLG by email at coastalcommunitiesfund@communities.gsi.gov.uk

For enquiries in Scotland and Northern Ireland, contact us by email at ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk. For enquiries in Wales, contact us by email at ccfwales@biglotteryfund.org.uk. You can also call our enquiries line on 0345 4 10 20 30.


Organisation Types

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