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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 £125 million. This funding is forecast to deliver over 12,000 jobs and help attract over £240 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 2015, allocating CCF funding for 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 to the end of the current programme.

More about Round Three awards

Northern Ireland, January 2015
Wales, January 2015
Wales, July 2015
England, January 2015
Scotland, January 2015

Coastal Communities Fund 2017-2021

The UK Government announced in 2015 that the CCF will be extended to 2020/21. At least £90 million of new funding will be available from 2017/18.

Details of Round Four are currently being developed and the UK Government has announced that the CCF will open to applications in Summer 2016. We expect this will be late May for England and early July for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Funding priorities and eligibility criteria will be added to this webpage as they are confirmed, together with dates for pre-application webinars where you will be able to find out more.

Pre-application webinar dates

Coastal Communities Fund annual progress report

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

The second CCF annual progress report sets out progress made in 2014/15 as well as providing an update on previous years, read CCF’s second progress report

Funded projects

The first three rounds of 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 more information on the distribution of CCF projects across the UK, view the Google map and CCF Pinterest Page maintained by HM Treasury.


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