What is the Coastal Communities Fund? The Coastal Communities Fund is a UK wide programme established in 2012 to promote and support the economic prospects of coastal communities. It is equal to 50% of the annual revenues raised by The Crown Estate’s marine activities in each region, and is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the UK Government and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Who benefits? The CCF provides a unique opportunity to further enhance local coastal communities and make a valuable contribution to their sustainability. On the 1st January 2014, the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced that 2013 Fund allocated £260,782  to the Kilkeel Development Association to progress a lobster hatchery, and over £186,000 to Moyle District Council to develop a coastal centre. Read more here

When do I apply? The deadline for Stage One applications for this year's competition (Round 3) has now closed. Round 3 includes CCF funding for 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. There are no plans at present for future rounds. If you would like further information, please visit the Coastal Communities Fund website or email the BIG Fund at .



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