Coastal Communities Challenge Fund 2022

The third year of Aberdeenshire Council's Coastal Communities Challenge Fund (CCCF) programme has been launched.
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.
This year’s programme builds on a very successful first two years which offered grants to an array of projects including equipment for sailing clubs, investments in fishing businesses, improved community facilities and access improvements to beaches and the coastline.
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

Grants between £2,500 and £25,000 will be available, and applicants must make a minimum 10% match funding contribution to projects. Small business applicants must contribute 50% match funding.

Jamie Wilkinson, Programme Co-ordinator, said: “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.”

Due to budget conditions, all projects must be completed by 31st March 2023. The deadline for submission of applications is Monday 16th May, and potential applicants can access the application form and guidance at

Applicants can request more information and support by emailing