Coastal Communities Fund Round Six will be open for the submission of projects between 1 April 2020 and noon of 22 May 2020. Detailed programme guidance and application information will be available from 1 April 2020.
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 March 2021.
What is the programme about?
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 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 jobsor
- 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
What counts as a coastal community?
- 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. Any applications addressing this outcome must meet both of the above definitions.
- 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?
- Detailed programme guidance and application information will be available 1 April 2020, as well as an online eligibility checker.
- Once applicants have read the guidance information and completed the online eligibility check, they are invited to email us their project Idea. This initial idea phase will be open from between 1 April 2020 until the deadline of noon on 22 May 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.
- The deadline to submit the full application is noon on 19 June 2020.
What are the timescales for successful projects?
- Final funding decisions will be announced in November 2020. Projects must start before 1 April 2021 and be completed by 31 March 2023.
Who can apply?
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 0735 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Detailed guidance about Round Six of the Coastal Communities Fund programme, and information on how to apply will be available 1 April 2020, when the following information will be available on our website:
- Round Six Wales – guidance and application notes
- Online eligibility checker
- Guidance on measuring economic outcomes
- Standard terms and conditions of grant
- Additional terms and conditions for capital grants
- Guide to our checks on your information
- Managing your project bilingually
- State aid scheme