£549k of funding available for Highland Fishing Communities

Highland fishing communities are encouraged to apply for assistance from the European Fisheries Fund.  The fund aims to help develop communities where fishing is in decline by supporting measures to build skills and knowledge and increase the capacity of local fishing communities and business networks through innovation, collaboration and diversification.

The Highland Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) administers the £549,392 available to the Highland area.  Membership of the FLAG includes a diverse range of stakeholders who represent the interests of those within the area.  The FLAG will consider applications and decide how funding will be allocated locally.

The FLAG is now inviting local groups and businesses to submit expressions of interest by 31st May 2013.  A further round will be announced in due course.  All funding must be committed by the end of 2013 although the cash drawdown period will extend into 2015.

A wide range of projects can be considered such as those relating to skills development, promoting eco-tourism, diversifying activities, adding value to fisheries products, infrastructure improvements and the promotion of the culture and heritage aspects of fisheries communities.  Projects which encourage co-operation and communication among groups locally, nationally or trans-nationally are also encouraged.

Businesses and groups are encouraged to contact the Co-ordinator as soon as possible to discuss their project idea and for assistance through the application process.  

For further guidance and to obtain a copy of the Expressions of Interest form please contact the Highland Council Planning and Development Service on 01463 702250 or email planning@highland.gov.uk  This information can also be found by visiting http://www.highland.gov.uk/eff.htm

29 Apr 2013