Highly popular £6 million Fisheries and Seafood scheme (FaSS) re-opens for 2024 (applications may be made at any time and assessed on a ‘first come’ basis

Around £6 million in match funding is now available to projects developing the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors, and those enhancing the marine environment, under the latest round of the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (FaSS).  

Administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) on behalf of Defra, applicants can now apply for this year’s funding which will support the fishing industry in a variety of areas, including health and safety, processing, partnerships, research and diversification.   

Applications can be submitted now and will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until the budget is exhausted. All claims and payments must be made between April 2024 and 31 March 2025.

Funding will build on the £27 million already committed to more than 1,300 projects.

Successful applicants will be able to invest in a range of activities such as health and safety equipment to continue to keep fishing crews safe, processing equipment to increase the value of seafood products, vessel modification to improve energy efficiency, innovation partnerships and support to diversify and create new forms of income. 

Support is available for projects in a variety of areas, including:

o Health and safety.
o Processing and production.
o Partnerships.
o Research, and
o Business diversification.

Funding is available for both new projects and existing projects who are already benefitting from the scheme.

MMO will accept applications from smaller projects throughout the year, while projects valued at £150,000 or more will need to be submitted in the spring to be reviewed by a panel.  

Applications can be submitted here.  

For more information about FaSS and how to contact MMO’s grants team, please visit gov.uk