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COAST Fund (Creating Opportunities Across Swansea Together)

The COAST Fund builds on the previous rounds of COAST and its predecessors. It aims to provide free or affordable activities for people who reside or are supported in Swansea.

The fund will specifically target activities for children, young people and families, and those aged 50+, projects increasing accessibility, or increasing social inclusion.

The COAST Activity Grant Fund is funded by the UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund.

Funding availability

Funding is available for delivering activities between 20 July and 30 September 2024.

There is a limited amount of funding available and we are expecting a highly competitive process.

Funding can be used for revenue or small capital items under the value of £5000.

The future of the fund is uncertain, so we will be looking for a robust exit strategy and information on how you can sustain the activity once the funding finishes.

COAST criteria

COAST aims to provide targeted age groups the opportunity to access free activities aimed at supporting their development and wellbeing, this can include providing food alongside the activities to address holiday hunger.

To achieve this, we are providing funding to deliver opportunities and activities that are:

  • Free / affordable at the point of entry.
  • Easily accessible and hosted within local communities.
  • Age appropriate.
  • Support equality of access for people of all abilities.

Some considerations are outlined below:

  • Ensure there is an inclusive and balanced programme of age-appropriate activities, easily accessible by all who want to take part.
  • Provide equality of access.
  • Offer a range of play, sporting, cultural and other activities in a variety of settings.
  • Wherever possible, activities should be held in accessible locations that can be accessed on foot or by public transport.
  • Project applications submitted by existing providers / groups / clubs should be additional to usual activities or provision and should aim to attract new audiences.
  • Applications for a group's regular activities with its established cohort will not be successful.
  • Trips outside of the Swansea area will not be eligible for funding.


Applications will only be approved for groups that have and provide:

  • Up to date governing documents or constitution.
  • Appropriate business bank account.
  • Audited accounts - or if a new group, up to date bank statements.
  • Appropriate Safeguarding policies - Child Safety, Vulnerable Adult, disability and / or any other appropriate safeguarding requirements.
  • Appropriate corporate policies - Equalities, Welsh Language, environmental.

Contact (SCVS) Swansea Council for Voluntary Service) for any queries regarding the above list.

Application deadline: 20 June 2024 at 5.00pm

Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

All applications will be assessed against the above criteria by a panel made up of council and third sector representatives. The panel will be seeking a varied range of accessible activities that offer value for money and attract new audiences to new experiences.

If funding is oversubscribed, preference will be given to those projects in targeted areas of need - geographical and protected characteristics.

The panel's decision is final; appeals will not be considered.

We aim to let successful applicants know in the week of 1 July 2024.

All awarded funding must be spent, and delivery completed by 30 September 2024.

Monitoring is a requirement of this funding. Evaluation information will be provided to successful applicants. So please be aware that data will need to be collected on a sessional basis.

All literature such as web pages and posters, will need to use the correct logos. Branding instructions will be provided to successful applicants and will have to be followed.

If this application form is required in another format, please contact: P&

Please ensure you refer to the COAST criteria when completing this form.

You will need to provide a summary of the proposed delivery including what you aim to deliver and why the grant will help. With details of the number of participants you expect, how it is additional to what you do now, how you will target new participants (including how you will encourage involvement by those in priority groups), along with your evidence of need.

We also require financial information, which includes the breakdown of costs (for each item) along with the total amount you are applying for.

You can save your progress at any point, which will allow you to return to your application should you need to come back to it.

This form is available in Welsh - click on 'Cymraeg' in the top right corner of your screen.

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Last modified on 31 May 2024