Marine Fund Scotland

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What does this involve?

The Marine Fund Scotland has launched and is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) to allow it to assess and engage with initial proposals for projects.

This fund will support investments and jobs in seafood sectors, the marine environment and coastal communities in Scotland. It replaces the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) following the UK’s exit from the EU. The EMFF supported the sustainable growth of the marine economy in coastal communities, in sectors such as fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing

The fund is being launched under the Blue Economy policy approach and the developing Blue Economy Action Plan (BEAP). 

After the EOI phase, online applications will open. Projects which have submitted an EOI and which best fit with the new approach will be invited to submit a full application and supporting documents.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if your project is in the following areas:

  • commercial fishing
  • aquaculture
  • processing and marketing
  • seafood-related operations at ports and harbours
  • aspects of environmental protection and improvement of the marine environment within the scope of the categories above
  • aspects of coastal community support where they directly relate to the categories above

Applications must set out clearly defined activities that will deliver measurable outcomes, which in turn will support agreed priorities for Scotland’s marine economy.

An explanation of the 3 agreed priorities, plus a list of identified outcomes and example activities are available in the fund guidance document.

What does this cost?

It is free to submit an expression of interest.

Who is this for?

Businesses involved in the seafood sector and other industries related to Scotland’s coastal and marine environment and the blue economy.

Important information

The expression of interest form does not form part of the formal application process for grant funding under the Marine Fund Scotland. Any response to an EOI does not confirm the acceptance or otherwise of any related application for funding.

To be considered for grant funding from the Marine Fund Scotland, an application form and necessary supporting documents must be submitted during the application phase.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to download the fund guidance and expression of interest form.

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