Coastal Communities Fund
Overview of scheme
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 the start of the CCF in 2012 they have awarded grants to 62 organisations across the UK to the value of £32 million. This funding is forecast to deliver nearly 6,000 jobs and help attract £56 million of additional funds to coastal areas. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of Government.
Coastal communities Fund
The third and final round of the current CCF programme will open in early January 2014. This will combine CCF funding from 2014/15 and 2015/16 budgets. In this round we are looking for fully developed projects that can spend their CCF award before the programme closes in March 2016. The total funding available for round three will be confirmed in July 2014.
• Amounts Available - Grants > £50k
• Who Can Benefit - Charities, voluntary and community sector organisations, private sector companies etc
• Start Date - Re-opens January 2014: deadline for Applications February 2014
• Funds aim: “coastal communities will experience regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs, and safeguard existing jobs”.
• End Date - Projects must spend all money before March 2016
• Project Types - Capital or revenue projects
Follow the link http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/uk-wide/coastal-communities, projects include:
• This project is designed to stimulate sustainable economic growth through significantly increasing visitor income into a number of areas across a coastal community. Focusing on thematic clusters such as coastal walks, local produce initiatives and adventure tourism, it aims to develop a distinctive, yet diverse offer within the area.
• This project aims to improve the local economy, boost tourism within the region and create direct and indirect jobs by upgrading the quality and signage of its coastal pathway infrastructure and further promote the pathway as a tourist and leisure destination. This will in turn benefit businesses along these pathways by bringing more tourists and walkers in particular, promoting the area as a viable recreation destination and creating jobs in retail, tourism, hospitality and event management.
• This project will enhance the exhibit, interpretation and visitor facilities at a coastal museum, and raise the profile of the museum and other local facilities as a package. A marketing manager will be employed to develop a marketing campaign designed to capitalise on the new facility and other developments in the town. They will also market the museum as a meeting, conference and events facility venue to capture out of season opportunities for the local economy.
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