Funding for Rural and Seaside Locations

In several parts of the country, coastal and rural communities are becoming more disadvantaged; many suffer from isolation, poor transport links and a lack of community infrastructure, especially when compared to more urban areas. This coupled with the downturn in the economy is increasing the disadvantage gap. Even in areas such as the North West, Essex, North East & East Anglia, which have historically been more resilient are under pressure.

It is often difficult to align mainstream funding programmes to the more specific needs of rural communities and seaside towns and more tailored programmes are needed

This one day workshop explores the options and possible solutions, including sources if funding and ways to access them.

For Whom

This workshop is designed for Project, Funding Managers, and operational managers who tale on these roles, within non-profit making organisations such as: Housing Associations, other housing organisations, HE & FE institutions, Universities, Officers in Local Authorities, staff from Careers Service/Connexions, NHS Trusts, Voluntary and Charitable organisations and others with the responsibility for managing or developing training and development, employment, community or regeneration projects

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this one-day workshop is to review a selection of the different types of funds available to organisations operation in rural locations and/or seaside towns. Through presentations and group discussion, the facilitator will illustrate how to access new funding opportunities, identify who and what they are and illustrate how to access them. We “best guess” the range of potential opportunities out there and help delegates consider options that they may never have considered before.


  • Overview of key developments

    • Regional funding streams
    • Central Government funding streams
    • Local government funding streams
  • New Funding priorities

    • The targeting of external funding
    • Access it for coastal and rural communities
  • Specialist Funding for Rural Communities and Seaside Towns

    • Coastal Communities Fund and Princes Countryside Fund amongst others
    • Central Government, charitable and related sources of funding
    • Social Investment
    • Crowd Funding – a new way of funding your work
    • Private Sector Funding
    • Social Impact Bonds
    • Trading
    • Developing partnerships
    • Other funding opportunities including:

      • Grants
      • Loans
      • trading income
      • social investment
  • New opportunities

    • new initiatives and developments
    • some predictions for the future
  • Sources of additional information and support