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Coastal Communities Fund

Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities
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Application deadline:
Open in Wales only. The Stage one deadline is 12 noon, 12 March 2018


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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 277 organisations across the UK to the value of £170 million. This funding is forecast to deliver over 16,000 jobs and help attract over £316 million of additional funds to coastal areas*. The Big Lottery Fund has delivered 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.

A further funding round is currently open in Wales only. The next funding round for England is expected to be announced in early 2018. Details regarding future funding in Northern Ireland and 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
Coastal Communities Fund progress report 2016

*These figures include all funding in Rounds 1-3, and Round 4 funding for England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

CCF Round 5 and eligibility checker (Wales only)

CCF Round 5 is currently open in Wales only and the application deadline for Stage 1 applicants is Noon, 12th March 2018. Funding of between £50,000 and £300,000 is available for projects that will support the economic development of coastal communities in Wales by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs with all projects to be completed by March 2021.

Who can apply

You can apply for Round 5 of CCF in Wales if you are a:

  • Private sector company
  • Local authority
  • Other public sector body
  • Charity
  • Voluntary and community sector organisation
  • Social Enterprise, including co-operatives and community ownership initiatives
  • Development agencies

Your organisation must have at least 2 unrelated members aged 18 or over on the management committee. We are unable to fund sole traders.

Want to double check your project is eligible? Click here to use our eligibility checker.

Alternatively, you can contact our Advice team by emailing ccfwales@biglotteryfund.org.uk or calling 0300 123 0735 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Briefing events

To find out more about the Coastal Communities Fund and to hear from projects that have received funding through previous rounds of the programme, sign up to one of our briefing events below.

6 February 2018 at Aberaeron Yacht Club, Ceredigion – Register here
13 February 2018 at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead – Register here
15 February 2018 at Llanelli Library, Carmarthenshire – Register here
19 February 2018 at Prestatyn Football Club, Denbighshire – Register here 

If you’re unable to attend any of these events but would like to talk to someone about the programme, contact us using the details above.

Funded projects

We received a lot of applications for the four 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 Round 5 enquiries in Wales, contact us by email at ccfwales@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our enquiries line on 0300 123 0735. Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter (@biglotterywales) and Facebook (facebook.com/biglotteryfundwales).

For enquiries in England please contact DCLG by email at coastalcommunitiesfund@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

For enquiries in Scotland and Northern Ireland, contact us by email at ccf@biglotteryfund.org.uk.


Organisation Types

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