European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) funding is still available for coastal communities in Dumfries & Galloway, although potential applicants must note that the deadline for expressing interest into the final round of funding is the 26th of November 2018 (there are multiple rounds of funding prior to November 2018).
The EMFF program is the fund to implement the EU’s common fisheries policy. The fund aims to provide financial support to all stakeholders of the fishing industry. Fishermen are the most obvious stakeholders, however the fund also poses a unique opportunity for coastal communities in Dumfries & Galloway to access financial support.
The Solway coast is caricaturised by small communities, each with their own unique cultural heritage link to the fishing industry. As the fishing industry has declined communities have become increasingly dependent upon the tourism trade. However there is a growing concern that if relics of the fishing industry are to depreciate and disappear then this will have a negative effect on the local tourism industry. EMFF funding can be used by communities to refurbish relics of the fishing industry and run initiatives which celebrate their cultural heritage link to the fishing industry.
Funds can be accessed through submitting an application to the regions Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). The FLAG is made up of a mix of representatives who work within the fishing industry in Dumfries & Galloway and will consider potential projects for funding.
The FLAG recently funded the Stranraer Oyster Festival which was held in mid-September 2017. The aim of the event was to reinvent the reputation of Stranraer as the home of the luxurious Loch Ryan Oysters. The event was run by Stranraer Development Trust and the FLAG were delighted to sponsor this event.
Under the EMFF program applicants can access funding for up to 50% of the total cost of their project. However please note that funding is not provided in retrospect of grant being awarded, thus meaning project spend must not start until approval has been provided by the FLAG.
For more information on how to apply for EMFF funding, and the funding deadlines, please contact the regions EMFF project officer:
Phone number: 01387260097