The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed today 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.
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.
62 projects in the West have been awarded funding of €808,000, while in the Northwest 42 projects will share grant aid of €973,000.