Fisheries Local Area Group Development 2016 - 2023

The Fisheries Local Area Development Scheme

Call for Project Applications

Ireland’s seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs), invite applications for grant aid under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme 2014 -2020, co-funded by the European Union and Irish Government. Project proposals must be consistent with the FLAG Local Development Strategy for the FLAG area in question and address one or more of the following themes:

  • Adding value to fishery and aquaculture products
  • Creating/maintaining jobs in coastal areas
  • Promoting innovation in fisheries and aquaculture
  • Supporting diversification within coastal communities
  • Lifelong learning, attracting young people into fisheries, aquaculture, and marine related careers and activities
  • Promoting social well-being and cultural heritage in fisheries and aquaculture areas
  • Promoting best environmental practices
  • Strengthening the role and governance of fisheries communities in local development.

Specific priorities have been developed from these themes for each FLAG area. Applicants should therefore consult the relevant FLAG strategy for the specific priorities for their area. It is also highly recommended that projects are discussed in advance with your local BIM FLAG Coordinator. It is anticipated that project evaluations will be carried out by the FLAGs on a quarterly basis, however budgetary constraints may mean that available funds are limited for evaluations held later in the year. To guarantee inclusion in the first scheduled evaluation, applications must be received no later than 5pm on the 15th of March 2017.

This programme operates on an open call basis and will remain open to applications until otherwise advertised on and the projected FLAG website.

FLAG Area Strategies

How to apply:

  1. Save the Fisheries Local Action Group Programme 2016-2023 Grant Application Form (pdf 688Kb) 
  2. Launch the form from your computer location and complete the form saving the changes
  3. Email the completed application to and
  4. Post the signed copy of the application to: Caroline Curraoin, FLAG Investment Coordinator, C/O Bord Iascaigh Mhara, P.O. Box 9799, Crofton Road, Dun laoghaire, Co. Dublin 


For full details of grant criteria check your application form


Key Dates

Open: 2th February 2017

Closing date: 15th September 2017

Contact Us

South West 
Vera O'Donovan        
Direct +353 (0) 66 9150909
Mobile +353 (0) 87 2246518      

Brenda O’ Riordan
Direct +
Mobile +353 : (0) 87 3512327

North East
(Louth, Meath, Dublin)
Direct +
Mobile + 353 (0) 087 1171449                                      

Owen Doyle
Direct + 353 (0) 87 9093271
Mobile + 353 (0) 74 9381745

North West 
(Mayo and Sligo)
Declan Nee
Direct + 353 (0) 95 44973 & + 353 (0) 97 20915
Mobile + 353 (0) 087 2211503

South East
(Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford) 
John Hickey
Direct: +353 53 912 9632
Mobile: +353 87 629 5047

(Galway and Clare)
Séamus Breathnach
Direct: +353 95 32028
Mobile: +353 87 9093273