Coastal Communities Fund

Between October 2014 and March 2017 the South West Coast Path Association successfully delivered a £1.1 million Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) grant to repair, improve and promote the Coast Path. 

This project delivered:

  • 41 repair and improvement projects in partnership with the National Trust, Cornwall Council, Devon County Council and Torbay Council with a grant total of £620,303 (details of these shown below). This repaired damage caused to the Path by the severe winter storms that wreaked havoc across much of the South West peninsula in the winters of 2013 and 2014 and forced many closures and diversions
  • To improve quality of visitor welcome at coastal sites, 50 new information panels were installed.
  • Updated the South West Coast Path branding and this website
  • Promoted the South West Coast Path to new audiences - web traffic increased by over 40%, Twitter followers by +44% and Facebook likes +83%
  • Built the capacity and capability of the Association to sustain activity - membership increased to 6,500; increased fundraising and growth enabled us to donate an additional £160,000 to path improvements during 2015 and 2016.
  • A 5% increase in visitor expenditure. In 2015 the £500million Coast Path walkers spent locally sustained 11,193 fte jobs.

To find out more please download the 'Final Project Report'

The South West Coast Path Association led this project, working in close partnership with Cornwall Council, Devon County Council, Torbay Council and the National Trust to repair the damage caused to the Path by the severe winter storms that wreaked havoc across much of the South West peninsula in the winters of 2013 and 2014 and forced many closures and diversions. 

The CCF is Government funding which supports organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to develop a sustainable local economy and create jobs in the UK’s coastal communities. It was launched in 2012, and since that time has awarded over £116million in grant aid, and attracted over £200 million of partnership investment to coastal areas in England, and the Home Countries. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

One of our major partners in the CCF work – Cornwall Council produced this great video which explains the importance of the work carried out, and what it has meant for the environment and the local economy. 

Funding sees coast path improvements in Cornwall from Cornwall Council on Vimeo.

To find out more about all the storm damage repairs completed so far, either click on the pins on the map, or on the summaries below it.

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