Funding to create sustainable economic growth in coastal communities

Funding awards of over £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years. The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) will encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving them funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

The government has committed £27.8 million to support the CCF in 2013/14 with money generated by the Crown Estate's marine assets. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of Government, operating under the name Big Fund.
CCF is a UK-wide programme but there are some country specific requirements and priorities. Information about these is contained in the help notes to accompany the application form.

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 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • local enterprise partnerships in England
  • private sector companies.

Opening and closing dates for 2013/14
The Coastal Communities Fund is open for applications from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales from 12 March 2013. The programme opens for applications from projects in England on 3 April 2013. You can download help notes and a stage one application form this section of the BIG website as well as questions & answers and information on State Aid.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the country priorities– each country has its own unique requirements and in order to have the best possible chance of getting funding you must demonstrate how you meet these.

Applicants will be required to submit a stage one application by:

13 May 2013 for projects in England.

The strongest applications will then be invited to submit a full application in Summer 2013. More information

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