To be eligible for support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund through the Argyll and Ayrshire Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), your project must contribute to one or more of the priorities set out in the Local Development Strategy for your area (Argyll and the Islands, Ayshire), which can be downloaded from the documents section of this site.
A Development Officer, will be able to support you in submitting your expression of interest or application, if you have any questions regarding what you can apply for please CONTACT US.
Stage 1 – Expression of Interest (EOI)
This is the first stage in the application process, you will need to submit an EOI Form to us at email@example.com
This form will be checked for eligibility against the following:
- EMFF eligibility criteria - EMFF General Guidance Jan 2016.doc
- Fit with the Argyll and Ayrshire FLAG Objective and Priorities
- Suitability to apply for EMFF CLLD funding
A Development Officer, will then contact you with feedback. If your EOI fits with the above, you will be able to proceed to the application stage.
Stage 2 – Application for Funding
Applications will be submitted via the UK Marine Management Organisation website (E-System). If you are eligible to proceed to application stage, you will be provided with a link to an application E-System by one of our Development Officers. Applications must be submitted by the date shown on the Application Timetable.
If your total project costs are £25,000 or more, you will be required to submit a business case as part of your application. You can download a template for this HERE.
The e-system will validate whether the application is complete by checking that all required fields have been completed. If the application is incomplete, you will be prompted to revise the application. Development Officers, will be able to advise and support you in the application process, for example, checking draft applications before formal submission on the online e-system.
Once you submit your online application you will be required to print a copy, sign and date it before posting to the LEADER team. The LEADER team must receive a signed and dated hard copy to enable your application to be processed.
Argyll and Ayrshire FLAG, Eaglesham House, Mount Pleasant Road, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 9HQ
Stage 3 – Assessment of the Application
Once you have submitted your application, it will be assessed for technical eligibility by our Development Officers. If your application is technically eligible, it will then be presented to the FLAG for assessment and advisory recommendation.
If the FLAG approve, your application will then be forwarded to Marine Scotland, who will be responsible for making the final decision on approval.
Stage 4 – Offer of Funding
Marine Scotland will advise applicants direct of their decisions on funding.
Stage 5 – Project Implementation and Claims
Project claims will be made using the online e-system portal. The Compliance Officers, will be available to advise and support you in the claims process, for example by checking draft claims before formal submission on the online e-system portal.
All payments of claims will be made by Marine Scotland.