Coastal Communities Challenge Fund

The Coastal Communities Challenge Fund (CCCF) offers grants between £10,000 and £50,000 to support and develop coastal communities.

These grants are available for community groups, third sector organisations and small businesses on Aberdeenshire’s coastline and can fund a range of activities with positive economic, social or environmental impacts.

The 2024/25 programme is now closed. The closing date for applications was 12 noon on Monday, 29th January 2024.

Grants are targeted towards activities or infrastructure which meet the following priorities:

  • Supporting the development of active travel routes along, to and from the coastline
  • Developing the coastal economy and sustainable tourism
  • Creating or enhancing community, leisure and recreational facilities
  • Safeguarding, restoring or enhancing the coastal environment

Applicants must make a minimum 10% match funding contribution to projects. Business or commercial projects must contribute a minimum of 50% match funding. 

The fund distributes revenues generated by Crown Estate Scotland’s inshore waters with applications being assessed and approved by the North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group (NESFLAG) – a cross-sector partnership with representatives from Aberdeenshire’s coastal and fishing sectors.

View the CCCF 2024/25 programme guidance (PDF 233KB) for further details on eligibility and help with your application.

How to apply

Completed application forms and all supporting documentation should be sent to by the closing date.

The application form is available in two formats:

Supporting documents:

  • Constitution or memorandum and articles of association
  • A recent bank statement covering a period of 3 months
  • Most recent 3 years' annual accounts
  • Organisational policies where relevant (for example equal opportunities, health and safety, child protection, environmental)
  • Other relevant documentation (where applicable) as listed in Section 8 of the application form

View the business support and advice privacy notices to find out what we do with your information.

Grant awards

View details of the grants awarded under the CCCF programme.


Please contact for more information about this programme or help with your application.