The Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group is now accepting applications for grants.

The group has been awarded £1,006,000 as part of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund community-led local development programme to support fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries around Highland and Moray coastal communities.

The FLAG is made up of representatives from the fishing industry and coastal community interests from both the private and public sector, and will consider applications for funding.

To support the work of the FLAG a development officer is in place to help those wishing to apply to the fund.

Sarah Lamb, Highland & Moray FLAG Development Officer, said: “It’s really important that the industry and local communities are aware of the opportunities available to them through the FLAG. Those wishing to apply will have support they need to submit an application.This is particularly helpful for people who have never applied for funding before, and so I encourage anyone who has a project or business idea to get in touch.”

The fund can be used to support a wide variety of projects that will deliver on adding value to fisheries products, creating job opportunities and stimulating economic growth in fishing, aquaculture and marine-based industries, as well as promoting cooperation and innovation.

“The FLAG gives us a fantastic investment opportunity for our maritime industries, and it comes along at a vital time where we want to protect and grow business in Scotland. Grants are available to fishing and aquaculture sectors including harbours, ports, fishermen, wholesalers, processing and research, and maritime tourism projects. As funding is allocated on a first come, first served basis upon application approval, I would encourage businesses and groups to contact the development officer as soon as possible to discuss their project idea and for assistance through the application process”

Highland and Moray FLAG is now inviting businesses and local groups to submit Expressions of Interest by 31 January, 2017 for projects to be considered at the next FLAG meeting in March. Further rounds will be announced in due course.

For further guidance and to obtain a copy of the Expressions of Interest form please contact the Highland Moray FLAG Development Officer Sarah Lamb on 01955 609560 or email
Further information and a copy of the form can also be found at

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