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.

This programme is currently closed for applications. We will update this page when the next round is live.

Grants will be 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 details of grants awarded under the CCCF programme.


Please contact for more information about this programme.