European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

Please use this Expression of Interest form so that the South East Area FLAG can assess the suitability and eligibility of your project for the FLAG grant scheme.

While your Expression of Interest form will be treated as confidential, please be aware that information included in your Expression of Interest form may be circulated to FLAG board members and/or Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) for initial comment or suggestions. Your identity will be protected is such instances.

Please refer to the Expression of Interest Guidance Note for help on how to fill out this form and contact the FLAG if you need any help. Please give us as much information as you have at this stage. We may need to contact you to seek more information if we don’t have enough to assess the eligibility, which could delay the process.

Certain applicants may not be eligible to apply for EMFF grant funding – please see the Expression of Interest Guidance Note for more information.

Please contact the South East Area FLAG if you would like more information or wish to discuss before completing this form.


    1.8 Do you have an alternative contact, including agents, you would like us to use?
    If Yes, provide details.

    1.15 Project duration

    1.16 FLAG Priorities

    Please write an explanation of how your project meets the priority you selected including:

    • How well it fits the priority and the targets as shown in the priority tables in the LDS
    • How does it support job creation/safeguarding and economic growth
    • The wider benefits to the coastal and/or fishing communities in the FLAG area
    • If there are any environmental benefits or reduction in environmental impacts

    1.17 Briefly tell us the specifics of your project. What are you aiming to achieve, what your project involves and the associated costs. Your summary should include reference, where relevant to:-

    Market Need and Demand
    What is the need and demand for the project- please include any evidence you may have.

    Will there be an impact on other businesses and will you take any mitigation measures if necessary?

    If you are creating a product or business- can you identify your potential buyers and supply chain?

    Value for Money
    How do your outputs meet the FLAG targets in the LDS and are your outputs realistic?
    Why are you applying for FLAG funding- will your project go ahead without this funding?
    How developed are your project plans?

    Capacity to Deliver
    Who will manage and deliver the project? What are the relevant skills within the project team to do this? Have you delivered similar projects before?
    Are there any known risks at this stage to the delivery of the project?
    If you need planning permission and licences to carry out the work- what is the status of them? (E.g. approved, approved in principle, submitted or not yet submitted)

    Please do not be put off applying if you do not have the answers to all these questions at this stage. We are simply asking you for as much information as you have so far. The FLAG team are happy to help with comments, suggestions or advice to develop the project once the EOI has been submitted.

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    Ards and North Down Borough Council
    Newry, Mourne and Down District Council