Our funding

Our funding


During May/June 2016 extensive consultation was undertaken to develop the local development strategy (LDS) to establish the North of Tyne FLAG. In October 2016 the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) community-led local development (CLLD) selection panel and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) approved the North of Tyne fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). The FLAG was launched at the old low lights building in North Shields on 16 March 2017.

Funding is available for projects within the four priorities listed below. There is £600,000 of funding available from March 2017 until April 2019. The minimum amount of funding which may be applied for is £1,000 with a maximum of £100,000. Projects costing over £100,000 are to be applied for using the core EMFF process.
  • Development of small scale infrastructure at ports and harbours.
  • Marketing, branding and processing.
  • Training, retention, recruitment, diversification and common fisheries policy reform (CFP), and
  • Collaborative and applied research between fishermen and scientists.
Click here to find out about the Widened Eligibility for Fisheries Local Action Groups

Click here to find out about the Local Development Strategy​

How to Apply


The FLAG is keen to receive applications from commercial fishermen and those in the fishing industry including aquaculture.

Applicants need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to allow the FLAG to make a decision whether or not your project can be supported within the North of Tyne FLAG programme.

If selected at EOI stage you will be required to submit a full application (FA) using the EMFF on-line system.

The kinds or project that can be supported include small scale infrastructure at ports and harbours e.g. landing davits, storage, cold rooms; marketing, branding and processing e.g. vacuum packers, smokers, blast chillers, boilers, sinks, freezer, small ice machines, work tops, wrapping/banding machines.

It is anticipated that the process will take between 4 - 5 months from initial contact through to a funding decision.

If you need any further advice please contact the FLAG programme officer Simon Baxter on mobile 07825 121778 or email simon.baxter@northumberland.gov.uk