Dorset Coastal Connections

Dorset Coastal Connections was a portfolio of 18 projects along the Dorset Coast, led and coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund.

Project overview

The 18 projects, which made up the portfolio, spanned across the Dorset coast from Lyme Regis to Christchurch and connects communities to the coast and to each other by improving physical, digital and emotional connection. The projects aimed to improve the public places we use and cherish by making them more attractive, functional and providing a sense of place using artistic interpretation to enhance these special coastal places

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) awarded £5.6m of Coastal Community Funding (CCF) in May 2017 to the project, following a successful partnership portfolio bid which was coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum. Together, with match funding from many partner organisations, this collaboration of projects has overall invested £18.5million to connect our urban and rural coastal areas and has worked with communities to promote the Dorset coast.

The project was driven by 4 key themes:

  • Sustaining and developing the tourism economy
  • Having thriving and dynamic coastal and maritime businesses to encourage economic growth
  • Connecting the urban, rural and coastal communities across the Dorset coast
  • Conserving, enhancing and promoting Dorset’s special natural and cultural assets

The Dorset Coast Connections – people and places video showcase how this portfolio of projects connect communities with our spectacular coastal region.

Watch the Dorset Coastal Connections video


Dorset Coast Forum

Dorset Coast Forum

For further information about this project please contact:
01305 224833

Dorset Coastal Connections

This project was led by Dorset Council and coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum as part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio. Funding was from the Coastal Communities Fund, managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).