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Don’t miss out on fisheries sector grants this year

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced its European Fisheries Fund (EFF) panel deadlines for 2013, the final year of the scheme.

The EFF scheme is open all year round for receipt of applications. Depending on the type, size and cost of a project, a decision will either be considered by the selection panel for large or particularly technical projects costing more than £100,000 or, for smaller projects, by the EFF Team on an ongoing basis.

The first deadline of 2013 has passed with the panel due to take place on Wednesday 13 March.

Catherine Murphy, Programme Manager for the EFF in England said "We have received a lot of high quality applications for our upcoming panel in March and were able to award grants to some very worthwhile projects during the last panel meeting in November.

"The scheme ends in December and we don’t want the English fisheries sector to miss out on funding. We have been pleased with the projects submitted to the panel so far and would urge anyone thinking of applying to do so soon as available funding could run out.

"We have arranged extra panels this year to increase opportunities for applicants and our EFF Team and MMO coastal staff are available for advice and support."

The deadlines for the upcoming panels are:

  • 20 March (panel on 15 May)
  • 22 May (panel on 10 July)
  • 17 July (panel on 11 September)
  • 18 September (panel on 6 November).

Applications must be received by 5 pm on the date specified.

For more information on applying for EFF grants visit: www.marinemanagement.org.uk/fisheries/funding/eff.htm

If you need advice on whether your application should be considered by the panel or for general advice on the application process please contact the EFF Team at the Marine Management Organisation on 0300 123 1032.

You can also visit MMO staff in your nearest coastal office.