Funding

We provide funding for grant aid right across the seafood industry, from fishing safety to market quality.

Commercial Aquaculture Development Scheme

The scheme is designed to promote the commercial development of aquaculture on a basis which is financially, technically and environmentally sustainable.

Who’s eligible?

  • This Scheme is open to SMEs engaged in commercial aquaculture.

What’s funded?

The scheme is designed to promote the commercial development of aquaculture on a basis which is financially, technically and environmentally sustainable. The main focus will be on the:

  • The modernisation and expansion of small and medium aquaculture enterprises.
  • Development of handling facilities for quality improvement and efficiency.
  • Investment in measures of a collective nature designed to improve sustainability, in particular quality assurance and environmental impact, efficiency, safety and competitiveness in the aquaculture industry.

Amounts granted

Grant aid is available at a rate of up to 40% of eligible investment costs.

How to apply

To apply, download the Commercial Aquaculture Development Scheme 2010 (pdf 159Kb)   brochure and application form.

 Send the completed application form to:

BIM Aquaculture Development Division,
Crofton Road,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin

Tel. 01-2144100

For projects located in the Gaeltacht regions Údarás na Gaeltachta will prioritise applications for grant aid.

Údarás na Gaeltachta,
Na Forbacha,
Co. na Gaillimhe.

Tel. 091-503100  

How long does the process take?

Receipt of application will be acknowledged within one week.

General Criteria

  • Projects must be consistent with The Irish Seafood National Programme 2007-2013 (pdf 940Kb) .
  • Sites must be licensed under the relevant Fisheries and Foreshore, and Planning Acts, as appropriate and licence fee payments must be up-to-date,
  • Harbour dues and any other monies owing to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food or to either of the agencies, must be paid in full,
  • Licensed sites in or adjacent to or likely to have a significant effect on Natura 2000 sites must have been appropriately assessed in accordance with the provisions of the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations and any necessary mitigating measures taken,
  • SME (pdf 1,188Kb)  applying for grant aid must demonstrate that, in addition to any grant assistance sought, they have the financial, human and technical resources required to successfully implement the investment programme,
  • Work on the project must not have commenced before an application is received and acknowledged by the Agency and must be completed and a fully documented claim submitted to the Agency by the closing date, which is generally the end of October of the year in which the grant is approved.
  • Applications must comply with other general conditions attaching to the scheme and be submitted on an official application form.

Details of the scheme are documented in your application form.

Key Dates

Closed until a further call for application is advertised.

Claim Closing date specified on the letter of offer, generally the end of October of the year in which the grant is approved.

Application Form

Contact Us

To learn more about this grant, contact:

Alex White
Direct: 1 21442174
Email: white@bim.ie