Over one hundred coastal-based projects are to receive €1.5m in state and EU funding, supporting total investment of €2.4m.
“I am delighted to announce that an additional 106 grants worth €1.5m have been awarded to our seven FLAG groups, bringing total FLAG grant offers in 2018 to €3.1m.
Jenny O’Halloran, Bláth Na Mara – a seaweed harvesting business on Inis Mór, Co Galway – one of 247 FLAG coastal projects that applied from FLAG funding this year. Jenny features in a new BIM video campaign to raise awareness of the FLAG initiative
“The FLAGs initiative is proving a fantastic success and the grants awarded to 247 local coastal projects to date in 2018 will be a hugely important boost to these coastal communities.”
Successful projects include micro seafood enterprises, marine tourism/marine leisure, heritage, small harbour facilities, environmental and training initiatives.
The projects were selected through the FLAGs (Fisheries Local Action Groups) initiative – a coastal community development strategy assisted by BIM with a total fund of €12m for seven designated areas: South (Cork), South West (Kerry, Limerick), South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow), West (Galway, Clare), North West (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), North (Donegal), North East (Duiblin, Louth, Meath).
AREA Projects Total investment €) Grant awards(€)