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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 211 organisations across the UK to the value of £116 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 Government has committed itself to the CCF until 2016/17. There are no plans at present for future rounds. An exceptional Round four in Wales only will allocate funds remaining from Round three; the application deadline was 18 March 2015 and awards will be announced in summer 2015.

Read about the latest awards made in Northern Ireland
Read about latest awards made in Wales
Read about the latest awards made in England
Read about the latest awards made in Scotland

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

Coastal Communities Fund Round 4 - Wales only

The priorities for Wales have been agreed with Welsh Government (WG) and in the first three rounds £7,083,572 was awarded to 34 projects. There remains over £1 million available in the fund and so it has reopened in Wales only. The fourth round will target four specific areas that have had limited or no success in the previous three rounds. The areas are:

  • Bridgend
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Monmouthshire
  • Flintshire

Applications from outside these areas will not be considered.

Applicants in these areas will be required to submit a stage one application (expression of interest) by noon on 18 March 2015. The strongest applications will then be invited to submit a full application by 13 May 2015.

To request an application form, please contact us by email at ccfwales@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our Wales enquiries line on 0300 123 0735.

Decisions will be announced during the summer of 2015.

Only projects from these four areas that fully address the requirements will be invited to apply to stage two, and each applicant can only request a maximum of £300,000.

Briefing events

Two briefing events have been organised to ensure applicants fully understand the aims of the programme and increase understanding of what we expect in a stage 1 application. They will also provide opportunities for questions and answers and networking.

The briefing events will take place on:

  • 5th March 2015 at 11:30-1pm in Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel, Swansea Bay, Port Talbot, SA12 6QP
  • 10th March 2015 at 11:30-1pm Connah’s Quay Town Council Building, Fron Road, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, CH5 4PJ

If you would like to book a place at either event or have any questions about the programme, please call our Advice Line on 0300 123 0735 or email ccfwales@biglotteryfund.org.uk.

Priorities and eligibility

  • Applications are only eligible from coastal communities with a population of below 100,000.
  • Applications are only eligible for projects that contribute to the regeneration of a coastal community through: tourism proposals that form part of, or link to, each region’s destination management plans, such as Wales coastal path or maritime heritage projects; or
  • Proposals that directly finance the start-up or expansion of community/local micro-businesses, such as maritime skills and training. By micro-business we mean those with less than five employees.

Our focus will be on applications that promote:

  • employment
  • investment
  • tackling deprivation or disadvantage
  • regeneration
  • tourism
  • business
  • improving the built environment
  • manufacturing exports
  • skills, training and education

Projects will be particularly welcomed from small and medium size coastal communities facing economic challenges.

CCF Round 4 is a Wales-only programme and the single outcome is that 'coastal communities will experience regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs, and safeguard existing jobs'. However there are also some requirements and priorities which are detailed in the help notes document below.

Grants can be for between £50,000 and £300,000 for capital and revenue projects. The following types of organisation can apply:

  • charities
  • voluntary and community sector organisations
  • social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives
  • local authorities
  • development agencies
  • private sector companies.

In Round four we are looking to support fully-developed projects that are able to spend all of their CCF funding before 31 December 2016.

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.

For information on CCF Wales round four, contact us by email at ccfwales@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our Wales enquiries line on 0300 123 0735.


Organisation Types

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