A fund for organisations across the private, public and charitable and community sectors, in order to support the economic development of coastal communities throughout the United Kingdom by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs.
At least £90 million of new funding will be available across the UK from 2017/18 to 2020/21.
In Scotland, Round four will have around £3.4 million; split between the Highlands and Islands (£1.92 million) and the Rest of Scotland (£1.44 million). Northern Ireland will have £800,000; to be spent from April 2017 to December 2019. Wales will have around £3.4 million available for spend before December 2019.
Funding awards in excess of £50,000 are available. There is no upper limit for England or Scotland; however, bids for a large proportion of the funding available will not be successful. Consideration will be taken of how plans for economic growth address local needs and priorities, the number of jobs that will be created and their long term sustainability.
Funding awards between £50,000 and £300,000 are available in Wales.
Funding awards between £50,000 and £100,000 are available in Northern Ireland.
Note: The application process for Round four projects in England has now closed.
In July 2011, the Government announced details of the multi-million pound Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) which is intended to boost the regeneration of coastal communities. Announcing the CCF, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: "This new funding shows that the Government is committed to supporting coastal communities and ensuring that they benefit from the revenue that our coasts and the Crown Estate produce."
The Fund will be administered by good causes distributor the Big Lottery Fund.
The definition of a coastal community, for the purposes of the Coastal Communities Fund, is any coastal settlement within a local authority whose boundaries include UK foreshore, including local authorities whose boundaries only include estuarine foreshore.
The programme is 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. It will support a wide range of projects, including those that support charities, the environment, education and health.
The Big Lottery Fund is especially keen to support projects involving local people; making the most of the skills and experience of people and assets within a coastal community. Projects that can deliver Coastal Community Team Economic Plans, in line with Government policy on coastal and seaside regeneration and support for Coastal Community Teams, are also encouraged.
Every coastal part of the UK will be able to access funding through the CCF, with separate funding for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Highlands and Islands and the rest of Scotland.
In the current round, the Big Lottery Fund is looking to support a range of strong coastal projects that will deliver jobs and growth.
Money from CCF cannot be used to pay for:
- costs that have been incurred before a funding offer is made;
- feasibility studies;
- items that only benefit an individual;
- items that are not directly needed to deliver the proposed work;
- travel outside of the UK;
- funds to build up a reserve or surplus, whether distributable or not;
- loan repayments;
- contributions to general appeals;
- political or religious activities;
- activities that the government has responsibility for;
- onward distribution of funds - such as using part of CCF funding to run a community grants scheme or provide awards to local businesses.
Innovative bids will be welcomed from organisations, which support the economic development of the community in coastal locations throughout the UK.
Some examples of organisations that would be eligible to apply for funding include:
- Coastal Community Teams;
- voluntary and community sector organisations;
- social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives;
- local authorities;
- development agencies in the devolved administrations;
- local enterprise partnerships in England; and
- private sector companies.
The CCF is not exclusively targeting green sectors; however, the Government has confirmed that renewable energy and environmental safeguarding are the types of areas the fund is intended to support. It will be funded through the Crown Estate’s marine activities, which as well as gas and oil include offshore wind and wave and tidal energy projects.
The Fund is UK wide, although different levels of funding have been allocated to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the basis of revenue generated. In Scotland there are two funds: one for the Highlands and Islands and one for the rest of Scotland.
The funding provider will allow (and encourage) people to match fund with other pots of money (eg EU Structural Funds, European Fisheries Fund) but not insist upon match funding as a condition for applicants
Funding is available for both capital and revenue costs. It can typically be used to pay for:
- salaries that contribute to delivering the CCF outcome;
- delivery of project activities;
- travel expenses;
- volunteer expenses;
- rental of premises, fixtures and fittings;
- monitoring and evaluation;
- a proportion of overheads directly related to CCF project delivery;
- capital costs including land and buildings where these are vital to the success of the project (these include purchase or lease of land, buildings, equipment or vehicles; construction, refurbishment, survey costs, and related professional fees);
- marketing costs will only be eligible as part of a wider regeneration project and to a maximum request of £100,000.
The Big Lottery Fund is 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.
There is a two-stage application process, which operates as follows:
- Stage one is an Expression of Interest, following which, the Big Lottery Fund will identify projects that strongly fit the programme aim, outcome and priorities. Stage one is designed to ensure that decision-makers have sufficient information to sift and select the proposals they want to invite a stage two application from.
- Stage two is by invitation only and entails completion of a full application form with supporting information. For capital projects involving land and buildings, significant additional information is required.
Stage two entails completion of a full application form and, for projects requesting over £500,000 or if the total project cost is over £1 million ‑ submission of a business plan.
For those who are considering applying for more than £100,000 in capital funding for land, buildings or construction-related work, the Big Lottery Fund asks these prospective applicants to email email@example.com to arrange a pre-application interview. The Big Lottery Fund will offer advice on whether it considers the project a suitable fit with timings for the current round.
Timeline for Round 4 (England) Applications
- 22 May 2016: Open for stage one applications.
- 30 June 2016 (noon) Deadline for stage one applications (now passed)
- By end August 2016: Invitation for some organisations to complete a stage two application (now passed)
- Late November 2016: Deadline for submitting a stage two application.
- March 2017: Big Lottery Fund confirms and announces the awards.
- 31 December 2019: Deadline for completing projects and claiming CCF funding.
Assistance with submitting an application can be sought directly from the Big Lottery Fund.
Timetable for Round 4 (Scotland and Northern Ireland) Applications
- 4 July 2016: Open for stage one applications
- 17 August 2016 (noon): Deadline for stage one applications (now passed)
- By mid October 2016: Invitation for some organisations to complete a stage two application (now passed)
- Early January 2017: Deadline for submitting a stage two application
- March 2017: Big Lottery Fund confirms and announces the awards
- 31 December 2019: Deadline for completing projects and claiming CCF funding
Timetable for Round 4 (Wales) Applications
- 4 July 2016: Open for stage one applications
- 29 September 2016 (noon): Deadline for stage one applications (now passed)
- By end of October 2016: Invitation for some organisations to complete a stage two application
- Early of March 2017: Deadline for submitting a stage two application
- July 2017: Big Lottery Fund confirms and announces the awards