Coastal Communities Fund

Details of the latest round of funding supporting the economic development of coastal communities, and collected documents relating to previous rounds.

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) is a UK-wide programme designed to support the economic development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, so that people are better able to respond to the changing economic needs and opportunities of their area.

All projects funded through the CCF are expected to deliver an outcome where coastal communities will experience regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs, and safeguard existing jobs.

Coastal Communities Fund: England round 4 priorities

Round 4 of the Fund opens on 23 May 2016. The closing date for submitting expressions of interest in England is 30 June 2016.

The Big Lottery Fund is helping to deliver CCF round 4 on behalf of the government. Full details of eligibility and how to apply for a grant for round 4 are now available on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Applicants should show how their project links to relevant strategies and plans. These should include the Coastal Communities Team (CCT) Economic Plan if an applicant is a CCT or a project is located in a CCT area. In areas where there is no CCT, these should include the Strategic Economic Plan developed by the Local Enterprise Partnership, local authority local plans and neighbourhood plans.

We are particularly interested in projects that:

  • deliver economic diversification and innovation that will create employment opportunities in ‘knowledge economy’ and higher value sectors

  • provide support for small and medium sized enterprises through business development support, improvements to infrastructure and targeted incubation support where there is strong evidence of demand and where these do not duplicate provision funded elsewhere

  • address seasonality by creating new patterns of demand for tourism, establishing unique selling points and distinctive market niches in the visitor economy across a greater proportion of the year

  • deliver improvements to public places that will increase the number of visitors, generate direct and indirect employment opportunities, and make coastal communities more attractive places to live and work

  • deliver jobs and economic growth through integrated regeneration initiatives which include, where appropriate, addressing the issues of flooding, coastal erosion risk management or bathing water quality which threaten the development of the coastal economy; where proposals involve flooding and coastal erosion risk management schemes or bathing water quality initiatives, these must be supported by the relevant Coastal Protection Authority (for erosion) or the Environment Agency (for flooding/ bathing water standards)

Press releases and progress reports on the Coastal Communities Fund.

  1. £90 million boost for the Great British Coast

    • Press release
  2. Investment in Great British coast is money well spent

    • Press release
  3. Coastal Communities Fund annual progress report 2015

    • Independent report
  4. Eight seaside communities receive extra funding to create jobs

    • Press release
  5. Coastal Communities Fund promotes over 10,000 jobs, training places and apprenticeships

    • Press release
  6. Coastal Communities Fund annual progress report 2014

    • Independent report
  7. Seaside towns to be given £29 million to boost growth

    • News story
  8. Successful Coastal Communities Fund: round 2 now open

    • News story