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Applications open for the UK Seafood Fund: Infrastructure Scheme. Seafood businesses looking for funding through the UK Seafood scheme, available through the Infrastructure Scheme, are now invited to apply, according to the Marine Management Organisation website.

At least £65 million in grant funding is available through the Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme will fund projects that build capability across the UK seafood sector supply chain through investment in:

  • improved capability at ports, harbours and processing facilities aquaculture
  • the social and economic welfare of coastal communities

This is a competitive scheme. To get funding, you must bid for a grant.

Each successful applicant will be awarded a minimum of £250,000 and a maximum of £5 million.

The Infrastructure Scheme is part of the UK Seafood Fund.

Who can apply

You can apply for funding if you’re involved in fishing, processing or aquaculture and are:

Lead applicant

The lead applicant is the individual who will submit the application. If the application is successful they will receive the grant funding and be responsible for the delivery and reporting of the funded project.

You can only make 2 applications in the same round if you are the lead applicant. You can be part of other applications but only as a consortium member, not the lead applicant.

Match funding

You will need to provide match funding for your project. The level of match funding will depend on your organisation type.

The maximum level of funding from the Infrastructure Scheme as a percentage of total project cost is:

  • 75% for public bodies and public charities
  • 50% for private SMEs
  • 30% for private non-SME
  • 75% for private, fisherman’s associations
  • 75% for private, producer organisations
  • 50% for private charitable foundations

Evidence of this match funding commitment is required as part of the online application. This is expected to be in the form of a letter from the contributor confirming their intent to provide the stated amount, signed by persons authorised to do so.

More information at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-seafood-fund-infrastructure-scheme

Round one will be open for applications from 29 March until 24 May 2022.

The UK Government is aware that implications of the war in Ukraine may impact the processing sector in the short term. There will be another opportunity for processors to bid into the scheme later in 2022.