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Fishing communities such as Lochinver which have been affected by the downturn in the fishing industry, are being invited to apply for funding to help with regeneration projects.
Fishing communities such as Lochinver which have been affected by the downturn in the fishing industry, are being invited to apply for funding to help with regeneration projects.

Sutherland fishing communities are being encouraged to apply for assistance from the European Fisheries Fund which supports a wide range of projects.

The aim of the fund is to help with the regeneration of coastal communities affected by the downturn in the fishing industry.

A total of £542,392 is available to the Highlands and is administered by FLAG (Highland Fisheries Local Action Group) which considers applications and decides how to allocate funding locally.

Local groups and businesses are now invited to submit expressions of interest by January 31st, 2013. A further round will be announced in due course.

North, West and Central Sutherland Councillor George Farlow, who is chairman of FLAG, said a wide range of projects would be considered for funding.

“The fund is there to help with skills development, promoting eco-tourism, diversifying activities, adding value to fisheries products, infrastructure improvements and the promotion of the culture and heritage aspects of fisheries communities," he said.

"Projects which encourage co-operation and communication among groups locally, nationally or trans-nationally are also encouraged.

“As funding is only available for a limited time, I would encourage businesses and groups to get in touch r as soon as possible to discuss their project idea and to receive assistance with the application process."

For further guidance and to obtain a copy of the Expressions of Interest form, please contact Highland Counci'sl Planning and Development Service on 01463 702250 or email planning@highland.gov.uk Information can also be found by visiting the European Fisheries Fund page on The Highland Council website.


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