The Big Lottery Fund has announced that the Coastal Communities Fund has re-opened for applications in England.
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 2012, the government’s CCF has awarded grants to 295 projects across the UK, totaling over £174 million. At least £40m of new funding will be available in England from 2019-20 to 2020-21 with funds becoming available from April 2019.
In this funding round public, private and voluntary sector organisations in coastal communities can apply for projects over £50,000 for projects that support:
- Support economic diversification and innovation
- Support improvements in productivity in the coastal economy
- Provide SME support
- Address seasonality in the tourism industry
- Improve public places
- Address issues of flooding/coastal erosion/ bathing water quality where these pose an economic threat and where they are part of an economic regeneration strategy that will create/safeguard jobs.
The following types of organisation can apply (either individually or in partnership) to the CCF in England:
- Coastal Community Teams
- Local Authorities
- Other public sector bodies
- Voluntary and community sector organisations
- Social enterprises, including co-operatives and community ownership initiatives
- Private sector companies
- Local Enterprise Partnerships
Within this funding round there are 2 separate funding rounds, each with their own timetable set out in part 7 of the guidance notes:
- a ‘fast track’ early round for revenue projects only for which some funding will be available in 2018 to 2019. Stage 1 closing date 2 April.
- the main funding round for which funding will be available from 1 April 2019. Stage 1 closing date 30 April.