Quest Busters

The Welsh Government Coastal Communities Fund

Quest Busters

Promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs in coastal communities

Area
Wales
Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations, Public sector organisations, Private sector organisations
Funding size
£50,000 to £300,000
Application deadline

Round Six will be open for the submission of project Ideas between 16 June and noon of 2 October 2020.

Summary

The Welsh Government Coastal Communities Fund encourages the economic development of coastal communities in Wales by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

Since the start of the Coastal Communities Fund in 2012 we have awarded grants to 74 projects in Wales to the value of £16.1 million, creating over 350 direct jobs, 580 indirect jobs, and safeguarding over 700 existing jobs. Coastal Communities Fund is financed by Crown Estates marine revenues generated in Wales.

The National Lottery Community Fund delivers the Coastal Communities Fund on behalf of the Welsh Government.

Round 6 (Wales Only)

The Welsh Government Coastal Communities Fund Round six will be open for the submission of project ideas from 16 June, closing at noon on 2 October 2020.

Launch Events online

The Coastal Communities Fund Team will hold a briefing event to support potential applicants with their applications. There will be a short presentation about the fund, it’s aims and eligibility requirements etc., followed by a Question and Answer session. This event will be held using “Microsoft Teams” and instructions will be sent to attendees on how to view the presentation. To reserve a space please click on this link (which will take you to a different site to register):

Event 2 - 24 June - tickets still available - The Welsh Government's Coastal Communities Fund Information event, 24 June, 2pm-3:30pm

Event 1 - 23 June- no more tickets The Welsh Government’s Coastal Communities Fund information event, 23 June, 2pm-3:30pm (FULL)

A recorded version of the presentation and the answers to any questions asked will be uploaded here after the event

How much funding is available?

It’s anticipated that a total of £3.7 million will be awarded to successful projects, subject to final Crown Estate’ marine revenue income. Applicants can apply for individual grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 per organisation, for projects that will support the economic development of coastal communities in Wales by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs. All projects to be completed by 30 June 2023.

What is the programme about?

The Welsh Government Coastal Communities Fund aims to support the economic development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and the creation of jobs, so that people are better able to respond to the changing economic needs and opportunities in the area.

All projects funded through the Welsh Government Coastal Communities Fund are expected to deliver one of the following outcomes:

Coastal communities* will experience regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly and/or indirectly create sustainable jobs and safeguard existing jobs

or

Town centre areas in coastal communities** will experience economic and social regeneration through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs and safeguard existing jobs, or address other local needs and priorities


*For the purposes of the Coastal Communities Fund the definition of a coastal community is any settlement within three miles of the Welsh coast.

** For the high street rejuvenation strand of the programme, the Coastal Communities Fund definition of a town is any settlement with a population of more than 1,000 people, but less than 100,000. The towns in this strand, must also be within three miles of the Welsh Coast.

We may also accept applications from organisations who do not meet these criteria but whose services have a clear connection to local coastal economies.

What is the assessment process?

Once applicants have read the guidance information and completed the online eligibility check, they are invited to email us with their project idea. This initial idea phase will be open from between 16 June 2020 until the deadline of noon on Friday 2 October 2020.

We will assess the "Idea emails" and aim to give applicants a decision on whether they’ll be invited to submit a full application, within two weeks. We encourage applicants to submit their "Idea email" well in advance of the "Idea stage deadline" of noon on Friday 2 October 2020 in case we need to contact you for any clarification or information, and to ensure you maximise the amount of time you have to develop and write your full application, should we invite you to apply. 

The deadline to submit the full application is noon on Thursday 29 October 2020.

What are the timescales for successful projects?

Final funding decisions will be announced in March 2021. Projects must start before 1 July 2021 and be completed by 30 June 2023.

Who can apply?

If you're unsure if you're eligible to apply, use our online eligibility checker to find out.

You can apply for round six of Coastal Communities Fund in Wales if you are a:

  • private sector company
  • local authority
  • other public sector body
  • charity
  • voluntary and community sector organisation
  • social enterprise, including co-operatives and community ownership initiatives
  • development agency

Your organisation must have a minimum of two unrelated members aged 18 or over on the management committee.

We are unable to fund individuals or sole traders.

You can contact our Advice team by emailing ccfwales@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

or

calling 02921 680214 - this will connect you with one of our staff working from home and is open between 09.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday.

Related Documents
Detailed guidance about Round Six of the Coastal Community Fund programme:

Funded Projects

We received a high number of applications in previous rounds of the The Welsh Government Coastal Communities Fund and it continues to be a very competitive funding programme. Projects which are the most likely to be successful will demonstrate the following:

  • Clear project outputs which can be evidenced, particularly job creation
  • Ability to deliver the project within agreed timescales
  • Sustainability of activity and longer-term impact

Projects funded by Coastal Communities Fund

Round five

Wales - round five awards (PDF, 377KB)

Round four

Wales – round four awards (PDF, 240KB)

Round three

Wales – round three (PDF, 380KB)

Wales – round three additional awards (PDF, 210KB)

Round two

Wales – round two awards (PDF, 270KB)

Round one

Wales – round one awards (PDF, 1.9MB)

How to get started?

Please read the programme guidance document and complete the online eligibility checker to see if your project idea is likely to be eligible to apply. The Programme guidance will give more details about how to submit your project idea for consideration.

You can contact our Advice team by emailing ccfwales@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

or

calling 02921 680214 - this will connect you with one of our staff working from home and is open between 09.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter and Facebook.

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