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On behalf of the North York Moors Rural Coastal Community Team, we have recently secured a £275,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) for the 'Moor to Sea: new activities and niches on the North York Moors Coast’ project. Running for just under two years (May 2017 to March 2019), the project will support at least 140 businesses and create 105 indirect jobs along the coastline between Saltburn and Cloughton.

We’ve recently completed the delivery of the 'Sea Life, See Life' project, which showcased the natural, fishing, artistic and culinary heritage of villages such as Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay. This project will build on its successful foundations and further boost the tourism economy by:

  • Highlighting the North York Moors Coast’s trods, trails and tracks and encourage stronger links between walking & cycling routes, and food provision and accommodation businesses
  • Creating new packages for niche, high growth sectors such as the celebrations’ market, wildlife watching, outdoor activities, and breaks using premium accommodation
  • Delivering out-of-season visitors by providing more off-peak activities, attractions and specific reasons to visit
  • Working with local people on collaborative product and business development
  • Making better use of recent (and planned) future infrastructure improvements.

Small-scale investment in signage to make clearer connections to communities and places to eat, drink and stay en-route will be delivered alongside funding for business support, marketing and product development.

As with the previous project, key too is raising awareness of the coastlines' National Park status and just how special it is, including its unique fishing villages.

We're currently planning the project’s activities and will provide more information on how to get involved shortly.

Find out more

We will be working in partnership with the North York Moors Tourism Network to deliver the project. More information on the Network is available here, including how to join the mailing list, or contact us directly.


Alison Goodwin, Moor to Sea Project Officer
Emily Watson, Moor to Sea Project Administrator


Funding for this project has been secured from CCF, which is funded by the Government, with income from the Crown Estate's marine assets. Unfortunately CCF does not accept applications where funding might have been used for onward distribution of funds - such as using it to run a community grants scheme or provide grants to local businesses.

North York Moors National Park operates its own small tourism and local distinctiveness grant scheme for businesses located within the North York Moors, Coast & Hills area. Find out if your idea is eligible here.

Great British Coast logoThe Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and this government is determined to see it thrive all year round.

That’s why by 2020 we will have invested over £210million in seaside areas through a dedicated Coastal Communities Fund. Grants of up to £4million are available to projects which help in generating jobs and boosting businesses across our much loved seaside areas.

So far, analysis has shown that this has been money well spent with every £1 invested having the potential to create an up to £8 boost to our coastal economies. Find out more.