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Next round of Coastal Communities Challenge Fund opens


By Kyle Ritchie

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The latest round of Aberdeenshire Council’s Coastal Communities Challenge Fund (CCCF) programme is now live.

Grants are being targeted at 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 fund distributes revenues generated by Crown Estate Scotland, with applications being assessed and approved by NESFLAG – the North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group – a cross-sector partnership comprising representatives from Aberdeenshire’s coastal and fishing sectors.

The latest round of Aberdeenshire Council’s Coastal Communities Challenge Fund has opened.
The latest round of Aberdeenshire Council’s Coastal Communities Challenge Fund has opened.

This year’s 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

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: "Grants between £2500 and £25,000 will be available, and applicants must make a minimum 10 per cent match funding contribution to projects. Small business applicants must contribute 50 per cent match funding.

Programme co-ordinator Jamie Wilkinson said: “Once again we are delighted to announce a new round of CCCF funding and encourage any interest parties to get in touch.

"The programme has been a real success story over the past couple of years and we look forward to making new grant awards in the coming months.”

The deadline for submission of applications is Sunday, August 28 and potential applicants can access the application form and guidance at nesflag.org.uk/CCCF

Applicants are also encouraged to contact us for more information and support at coastalcommunities@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


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