New £150,000 fund for Scotland’s Coastal Communities

A new fund designed to support local regeneration and sustainable development around Scotland’s coastline has been launched by Crown Estate Scotland.

The Community Capacity Grants Programme, is open to all communities within five miles of Scotland’s coastline will provide early stage financial support for community projects that will contribute to local regeneration and sustainable development.

The programme is also open to those living on one of Crown Estate Scotland’s four rural estates in Glenlivet, Fochabers, Whitehills and Applegirth.

Foundation Scotland, administrators for the new programme are now inviting applicants to submit an expression of interest before 12th October.

Grants will range between £10,000 and £50,000, with a total of £150,000 being made available in the first year of the programme.

Simon Hodge, Chief Executive of Crown Estate Scotland, said: “We know that across Scotland communities sometimes struggle to get local projects off the ground because they cannot source support early enough. Now more than ever these communities need the opportunity – and funds – to put their plans into action. The community capacity funding is designed to help kickstart long-term change, driven by local people”

Applications for the Community Capacity Grants Programme can be made now on the Foundation Scotland website by visiting Crown Estate Scotland.

The Community Capacity Grants Programme is one of two Programmes launched by Crown Estate Scotland as part of their £750,000 Sustainable Communities Fund.

For Crown Estate Scotland tenants there is also the Environment Grants Programme for projects which can deliver demonstrable environmental benefits. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available with £100,000 will be made available with applications being managed by Crown Estate Scotland.

For more information contact Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300 or email

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