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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) 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 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. 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.

Round 4 of the CCF opened to applications in England on 22 May 2016 and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on 4 July 2016. See below for details on applying to Round 4.

One further funding round in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is expected to open in 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

Applying to CCF Round 4

CCF Round 4 is currently open to applications from projects to be delivered in Wales. The closing date for Wales is noon on 29 September 2016. Please read the Round 4 guidance for full details, and maximum award available, before completing an application. You can download the relevant guidance and application form below.

The closing date for stage one applications in Scotland and Northern Ireland was noon on 17 August 2016 and for England was noon on 30 June 2016. Please refer to the Round four guidance notes below for details of when stage one decisions are expected. Stage one decisions for England have been slightly delayed from our published timetable. This should be resolved shortly and we will get in touch with all applicants to update them on progress.

Application webinars and events

Funding priorities and eligibility criteria will be outlined at application webinars. You can sign up for these below, or download the slides and recordings once each webinar is past.

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).

Funded projects

We received a lot of applications for the first three 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 more information on the distribution of CCF projects across the UK, view the Google map and CCF Pinterest Page maintained by HM Treasury.


For enquiries in England, 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.

Please read the Round 4 guidance notes before you contact us.

To arrange a pre-application interview (if your project involves over £100,000 capital costs), please email us at ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk after you have read the programme guidance notes. Pre-application interviews are not required in Wales.


Organisation Types

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