New Funding – European and Maritime Fisheries Fund
Following an announcement from Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead, we are delighted to announce that Dumfries & Galloway has secured £580,000 from the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) which will be delivered by the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and administered by the LEADER Programme Team.
The EMFF is the fund for the European Unions’ maritime and fisheries policies for 2014-2020. The fund:
Mr Lochhead said:
“The fishing and aquaculture industries make a vital contribution, providing jobs and sustaining services, in many coastal communities around Scotland. The EMFF provides funding to support fishermen, sustainable aquaculture, the processing sector and the communities that depend on them.
“We have already seen applications being made and I’d encourage other eligible groups to think about whether they could benefit from this funding.
“For the first time in the UK, I have approved an allocation for eight Fisheries Local Action Groups which will benefit communities through funding job creation, diversification opportunities, opportunities for training and promotion of environmental measures.
“I am confident the local groups will make a real difference in the coastal communities they serve – from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway.”
For more information about the EMFF visit the European Commission website. You can also find lots of information about Community-Led Local Development through the EMFF on the FARNET website, including presentations and a report from the first FARNET transnational seminar which took place in December 2015 in Edinburgh.
This fund is not yet open for applications and we will make an announcement as soon as this changes. In the meantime please direct any enquiries to LEADER Programme team either via email on DGLeaderTeam@dumgal.gov.uk or telephone on 01387 260028.