Round 4 of the Coastal Communities Fund opened to applications in England on 22 May 2016. The closing date for stage one applications is noon on 30 June 2016.
The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) supports the development of coastal locations by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, enabling local people to respond to the changing needs and opportunities in their area. The CCF supports a wide range of projects, including those that benefit charities, the environment, education and health.
Round four is now open in England, with a budget in the region of £36 million available to spend from April 2017 to December 2019. Individual grants in excess of £50,000 will be awarded. There is no upper limit; however, bids for a large proportion of the total funding available will not be successful.
Funding is provided for both capital and revenue costs and 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; and
- capital costs including land and buildings where these are vital to the success of the project.
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.
Innovative bids are being invited from organisations that support the economic development of the community in coastal locations in England. Examples of organisations that are eligible to apply include:
- coastal community teams;
- voluntary and community sector organisations;
- social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives;
- local authorities;
- local enterprise partnerships; and
- private sector companies.
The closing date for stage one applications for Round 4 in England is noon on 30 June 2016.