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£3 million available for coastal communities in Wales

July 18, 2016

Regeneration projects in Wales are being urged to apply to the Coastal Communities Fund which has £3.4 million available.

Under the Coastal Communities Fund, which was established by the UK Treasury and devolved administrations, grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available to fund projects that boost the economic prospects of coastal communities.

Eligible projects must benefit coastal areas in Wales, promote sustainable economic growth and create or safeguard jobs so people can better respond to changing needs and opportunities.

Projects, which can come from public, private and voluntary sectors, must also do one of the following:

  • start or move into a new area of activity or business
  • expand the delivery of existing activity or business
  • innovate or improve their business model or organisational structure

If would you like to attend an event (Plas Heli in Pwilheli, Gwynedd between 10.30am and 3pm on Thursday July 28 or  Bridge Innovation Centre, Pembroke Dock between 10.30am and 3pm on Thursday August 4) to find out more about the funding please email

Since the start of the Coastal Communities it has awarded 218 grants worth £125 million to organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These projects are forecast to deliver 12,000 jobs opportunities, and help attract over £240 million of additional funds to coastal areas.

Some 39 awards worth £8,160,904 have been awarded in Wales with the programme being delivered in partnership between the Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund.

Applications forms and guidance materials are now available with the deadline of noon on Thursday 29 September 2016 for the first stage of the application process. Grants will be awarded in summer 2017.

Read how one project used funding from a previous round.

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