Information about the types of marine and fisheries grants you can apply for, types of projects that can be funded, how much money you can apply for and how to apply.


Marine Fund Scotland re-opened. We’ve taken stock of the MFS commitments and we will reopen for applications to the MFS from the 8 November 2021. Any remaining funding for this year will be limited and there will be more demand than we can meet. If you have any queries, please contact

Marine Fund Scotland

The Marine Fund Scotland is open for applications.  We are now closed for expressions of interest, if you have previously sent an expression of interest we will respond to your enquiry. 

Please read the full guidance notes carefully before making an online application. This will ensure you and your application meet all the requirements. We may have to reject incomplete applications or applications that do not have the right documents attached.  

This new funding package is being delivered through the MFF application system. 

When you have completed your application you should download a copy of the Compliance and Declaration form, sign it and upload it as a document on your application. This declaration supersedes the declaration on the MFF system.  You should also be aware of the new privacy notice. 

As this is a competitive grant there is no guarantee of success.

Guidance notes

Read and download all the guidance notes for your application.

Application system

You can access the application system using the following link Home - MFF (


We are aware the guidance documents are not fully accessible. If you need assistance please contact we will make accessible versions available as soon as possible.

Fair Work First

Fair Work First is our policy for driving high quality and fair work across the labour market in Scotland by applying fair work criteria to grants.
Read more: 
Fair Work First: guidance to support implementation

When to apply Fair Work First criteria to a grant

Fair Work First is applicable to all employers. If your grant supports jobs within the funded organisation, the application of Fair Work First criteria should be considered.

Organisations are asked to commit to the following Fair Work First criteria in a way that is relevant and proportionate for the organisation:

    • appropriate channels for effective voice, such as trade union recognition
    • investment in workforce development
    • no inappropriate use of zero hours contracts
    • action to tackle the gender pay gap and create a more diverse and inclusive workplace
    • payment of the real Living Wage

By signing the declaration you agree to the above Fair Work First principles.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund EMFF

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is fully committed at present and is closed for further applications. 

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