The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced that the
application deadline for Round 2 of the UK Seafood Fund: Skills and Training Scheme has been extended to Friday 19th May 2023. The previous deadline was 11:59pm on Friday 21st April 2023.
This is a competitive fund with a total budget of £10 million. The scheme is designed to fund projects that improve the quality and range of training available for the catching, processing, aquaculture and recreational angling sectors. Grants of between £50,000 and £3 million are available.
The scheme has been split to provide:
1. Funding for the creation of courses, qualifications and specialist training equipment in Round 1, and
2. Funding for training facilities in Round 2.
The following types of project are expected to be funded in Round 2:
o Modernise existing training facilities.
o Equip existing training facilities, and
o Create new fixed or mobile facilities
Please note that the Skills and Training Scheme will not fund ongoing course delivery.
The following types of organisations may apply for funding:
o Public bodies (including trust ports, local authority ports and public charities).
o Private small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
o Private non-SMEs.
o Fishermen’s associations.
o Private trusts, foundations or social enterprises.
o Trade associations.
o Officially recognised producer organisations set up by fishery or aquaculture producers, and.
o Trust ports.
Further information about Round 2 of the UK Seafood Fund: Skills and Training Scheme and how to apply is available on the GOV.UK website.