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Support for Coastal Communities

£500,000 fund available to support coastal communities in D&G

The European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) has awarded Dumfries & Galloway £580,000 to invest in supporting the region’s inshore fishing industry. This Fund offers a unique opportunity for communities currently, or historically, reliant upon the fishing industry to access financial support.

The Solway coast consists of small, individual communities, each with their own unique cultural heritage link to the fishing industry. As the industry has declined, the 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.

A recent report into the future of inshore fisheries in Dumfries & Galloway has highlighted that coastal communities are becoming more and more separated from the sea and their maritime heritage. The report states that the cultural heritage of the fishing industry could be further exploited to attract tourists into the region and support the small coastal communities.

This fund can be accessed by communities who wish to strengthen the visibility of seafood, fishing, and the traditions of the sea in their community. Projects which capture the cultural heritage of the fishing industry through art, story-telling, schools projects, theatre will be eligible for funding.

Communities can also access this grant for the renovation of piers, harbours, and other fishing relics. The Fund can also be used to help communities attract recreational use of the facilities previously used by fishermen.

Funds can be accessed through submitting an application to the region’s Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). The FLAG is made up of a combination of representatives who work within the fishing industry in Dumfries & Galloway and will consider potential projects for funding.

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; project spend must not start until an offer of grant letter has been obtained.

For more information on how to apply for EMFF funding, and the funding deadlines, please contact the regions EMFF project officer:


Phone number: 01387 260097