Round 4 – FLAG Funding Awards

Round 4 – FLAG Funding Awards

Well-done to 58°N Scottish Seaweed Ltd and Bells Seafood Ltd who have both been successful in the latest FLAG funding round.

58°N Scottish Seaweed Ltd has been awarded £4,332 to research the viability of growing seaweed for commercial use in the Highlands.  Ailsa McLellan, Owner of 58°N Scottish Seaweed Ltd “There is increasing demand for seaweed for a multitude of applications including fertilisers, animal and human foods, and biofuels.  Producing farmed seaweed can help to avoid the over exploitation of wild seaweed beds, whilst providing sustainable employment opportunities.  This trial aims to show that it is possible, desirable and profitable for rural coastal communities in North West Scotland to farm seaweed.  I am very grateful to the EMFF and Highland & Moray FLAG for this funding as without their support the project would not have been able to go ahead ”

The FLAG also awarded £12,335 to Bells Seafood Ltd to invest in a freezing and blast freezing facility at Scrabster harbour.  The facility will help the business gain access to export markets abroad and also reduce factory waste by freezing previously discarded offal to provide bait to the local fishing industry. 

The Highland & Moray FLAG have now approved 7 applications to date with funding of £338,000 committed toward a range of projects relating to harbour infrastructure improvements and small business grants.  Sarah Lamb, Highland & Moray FLAG Development Officer: “The FLAG have been active for over a year now and have committed just over a third of their £1 million pound budget.  The FLAG have approved some fantastic projects so far and it’s important we keep this momentum going so I encourage anyone with a project idea to get in touch to discuss”.

For further guidance and to obtain a copy of the Expression of Interest form please contact the EMFF Development Officer Sarah Lamb on 01955 609560 or email sarah.lamb@highland.gov.uk.  Further information and a copy of the form can also be found at www.highlandmorayflag.co.uk

Round 5 – Funding Deadline – 15th December 2017

Expressions of Interests should be recieved by the programme before the deadline of 15th December to be considered at the FLAG meeting in January.

Round 3: FLAG funding awards

Round 3: FLAG funding awards

Ockran oysters 1 (Hayes and  Son)

Two Highland businesses have successfully secured funding through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to boost business and create jobs in their local area.   Ullapool based Ockran Oysters Ltd will receive £12,500 to invest in new grading equipment that will allow them to double their oyster production during busy periods while Isle [...]

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Round 4 – Funding Deadline – 1st September 2017

The FLAG is now welcoming Expressions of Interest for the 4th round of funding.  Expressions of Interest should be recieved by the programme before the deadline of 1st September to be considered at the FLAG meeting in October.

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Lossiemouth Marina Lands FLAG Funding

Elgin & Lossiemouth Harbour Company has secured funding through the Highland & Moray FLAG to install new heavy duty pontoons providing an additional 10 bething spaces and to purchase an innovative dredging system to allow regular dredging to be carried out ensuring the pontoons will be accessible at all times. Amanda Chisholm, Marina Manager, on [...]

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Round 3 – Funding Deadline – 2nd May 2017

The FLAG is now welcoming Expressions of Interest for the 3rd round of funding.  Expressions of Interest should be recieved by the programme before the deadline of 2nd May to be considered at the FLAG meeting in June.

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