GRANTS AWARDED TO IRISH FISHERIES LOCAL ACTION GROUPS
Grants awarded to Irish Fisheries Local Action Groups. The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has announced details of EMFF grants of €4 million, awarded by Ireland’s 7 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) to 274 coastal based projects, supporting total investment of €6.4 million. The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.
Announcing the grant awards, Minister Creed said: “Ireland’s 7 FLAGs are providing a wonderful source of investment for local seafood and marine projects in our coastal communities. Over 800 projects in seven coastal regions have benefitted from EMFF funding since the present FLAG scheme was launched in 2017. The Scheme continues to positively impact on coastal communities in Ireland.
“The high number of successful projects funded this year reflects both the quality of the projects and the hard work of the local communities through the seven FLAG Boards.”
Almost 400 applications were made to the 7 FLAGs this year. All applications were reviewed by individual FLAG Boards in each of the seven FLAG regions throughout Ireland. The FLAG Boards are comprised of volunteers from the local communities. Projects must be able to demonstrate a clear link to coastal community rejuvenation, enterprise, innovation, job creation and skills enhancement across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries.