Thursday, 20 December 2012
Netting the benefits from new fishery funding
A new funding programme, aimed at helping the regeneration and economic development of former fishing communities, is all set to benefit coastal communities in South Ayrshire by £133,000.
The funding, which is part of a wider initiative with Argyll & Bute Council, comes from the European Fisheries Fund and could now benefit many of the former fishing communities along the South Ayrshire coast.
All grants will be administered by Argyll & Bute Council and can be used to support a wide range of activities including the development of renewable energy, the redevelopment and recreational use of harbours, diversification projects linked to employment and training, cultural heritage, food tourism and processes that add value to seafood produce.
Welcoming the news, Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: “South Ayrshire has a long, proud and rich heritage in the fishing industry and, not that long ago, you could stand on any shoreline locally and see fleets of boats bobbing up and down the Clyde, plying their trade.
“Changing tastes and diverse socio-economic factors have all affected our fishing communities, so I’m delighted the FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) funding will help us support them to diversify and prosper ensuring that they can be successful and sustainable in the years to come.”
The FLAG is now inviting applications from businesses, community groups and public sector organisations with an interest in securing funding by completing an initial ‘Expressions of Interest Form’ by Friday 11 January 2013.
Successful applicants will be notified in the New Year and invited to submit a full grant application for consideration by the FLAG. Further funding rounds will be announced throughout 2013 with the last date for full applications currently scheduled for November 2013 - assuming that all funding has not been allocated before then.
For additional information, or to request an Expressions of Interest form, contact Chris Burrows, European Policy Assistant, Argyll & Bute Council on 01436 658960, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org