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Coastal Communities Fund

Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities.
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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, over three funding rounds. 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 4 of the CCF opened to applications in England on 22 May 2016. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will follow in July 2016. At least £90m of new funding will be available across the UK from 2017/18 to 2020/21. See below for details on applying to Round 4.

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

Applying to CCF Round 4

CCF Round 4 is open to applications from projects to be delivered in England. The closing date for stage one applications is noon on 30 June 2016. Funding of over £50,000 is available to public, private and voluntary sector organisations for projects that support the economic development of coastal communities. Please read the Round 4 England guidance notes for full details before completing an application. You can download the guidance and stage one application form below.

Pre-application interviews: If you are considering applying for more than £100,000 capital funding for land, buildings or other construction-related work, please email us at ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk to arrange a pre-application interview. We will advise you on whether we think your project will fit with timings for this round of CCF. Before contacting us, please read the Round 4 guidance notes.

Round 4 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will open to applications in July 2016.

Pre-application webinars

Funding priorities and eligibility criteria will be shared at pre-application webinars – you can sign up for these below. Slides and recordings will be uploaded once each webinar is past.

  • For projects in England – Monday 16 May, 11.00am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 3.00pm. See links below to webinar slides and recording.
  • For projects in Scotland Friday 24 June, 10:30am – 11:30am – please click here to register
  • For projects in Wales and Northern Ireland – dates TBC - please check back here late May for information.

You can download the Round 4 England webinar presentation here. There are recordings of two sessions which can be downloaded below:

11:00am webinar - Download session one

2:00pm webinar - Download session two

To log into the webinar recordings, please enter your name, email address and organisation name (whether or not you had registered for the actual webinar). Please note that these webinars were for CCF England only and that Round 4 eligibility and funding priorities will be specific to each country. Details for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be added as these become available.

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.

Announcement of the Round 3 awards:

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


For enquiries about the CCF, contact us by email at ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our enquiries line on 0345 4 10 20 30 from 9:00am on Monday 23 May with any questions about Round 4. Please read the Round 4 guidance notes before you contact us.

To arrange a pre-application interview (if you are considering applying for over £100,000 capital funding), please email us at ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk after you have read the programme guidance notes.


Organisation Types

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