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Coastal Communities Fund

Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities
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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 218 organisations across the UK to the value of £119 million. This funding is forecast to deliver over 12,000 jobs and help attract over £200 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.

Round three awards were announced in January 2015, allocating CCF funding for 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. The current CCF programme runs to the end of 2016/17. Awards to allocate funds remaining from Round three in Wales were announced in late July 2015.

Read about the latest awards made in Northern Ireland - January 2015
Read about the latest awards made in Wales - January 2015 and July 2015
Read about the latest awards made in England - January 2015
Read about the latest awards made in Scotland - January 2015

Coastal Communities Fund beyond 2016/17

The UK Government announced on 8 July 2015 that the CCF will be extended to 2020/21. At least £90m of new funding will be available from 2017/18, following the end of the current programme. Future funding arrangements will be confirmed as part of the Government’s Spending Review in November 2015. The Big Lottery Fund is engaged to deliver the current CCF programme to March 2017. No details are available as yet on how the new funding will be delivered.
For further information, see DCLG announcement and HM Treasury Summer Budget 2015.


Coastal Communities Fund annual progress report

For information on the progress of projects funded in CCF Rounds 1 and 2, read CCF’s first progress report

The second CCF annual progress report will be published in Autumn 2015.

Coastal Communities Fund funded projects

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 have been funded to date by CCF:


For general enquiries about the CCF, contact us by email at ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our enquiries line on 0345 4 10 20 30.


Organisation Types

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