FLAGs are an initiative of the Marine Management Organisation and part of the European Maritime Fisheries Fund. The Dorset & East Devon FLAG launched in March 2017 and was awarded £800,000 to deliver community-led Local Development in the area’s fisheries, aquaculture and seafood sectors between Swanage and Beer. With the DCF team as lead, a local development strategy has been developed by working with key stakeholders – their key priorities include:
Applicants can apply to the fund for fishery related projects, initiatives and infrastructure that encourage economic growth and job creation within the fisheries and related sectors while meeting the FLAGs key priorities.
The application consists of two stages and the FLAG staff are on hand to help you at any point during the application process and there is help on how to apply The maximum project total that can be considered for FLAG funding is £100,000. However, if your total project cost is over £100,000 the main European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is still a funding option that you can consider and FLAG staff will still help you develop your idea but will direct your application to the main EMFF core fund held by the MMO.
The first stage is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Please fill out the EOI form and submit this to the FLAG either via email or post it to us using the contact details below. Fill in as much information as possible on the form as it is helpful to be as detailed as possible at this stage so that we can accurately assess your project idea. However, if you do not have all the information at this time do not be put off entering an EOI as the FLAG staff can help you collate the information required. The FLAG staff will check eligibility and, if eligible, an anonymous summary of the EOI form will be forwarded to the FLAG board for initial comments, suggestions or improvements.
The second stage is an online application. After the FLAG board have given feedback on the EOI, you will be invited to make a full application via the online EMFF FLAG system. The FLAG staff will advise you on how to do this. Once you have completed the online application, the project will be appraised based on predefined criteria and the FLAG board will review the full application with the appraisal score. You can view the appraisal documents below to help you consider the criteria when applying. If approved for funding the project will then be sent to the MMO for final approval as the contract for funding will be between the MMO and the applicant.
If your proposed project has a total value of £25,000 or more then, amongst the other documentation at full application stage, you will also need to submit a business case. NB this is the total project value not the value of the FLAG funding you are requesting. For example, if your project has a total cost of £24,999.99 and you are requesting £10,000 FLAG funding you will not need to submit a business case. However, if your project value is £31,000 and you are requesting £10,000 FLAG funding you will need to submit a business case along with your application. The FLAG staff are able to support you filling out this document.
The easiest thing to do is to ask the FLAG staff about funding rates but below are the guidance documents for examples of the different types of projects that can be funded and the funding rates that apply to those.
During any of these processes, the FLAG staff are more than happy to help with filling out forms, developing projects and answering any questions you may have.
Dorset & East Devon FLAG
Dorset Coast Forum
Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group Animateur