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Marine and fisheries Scotland: marine fund Scotland application guidance notes

Published: 26 Apr 2021
Last updated: 5 May 2021 - see all updates

Find out how to apply to the Marine Fund Scotland, which provides grants to support fishing, seafood sectors, the marine environment and coastal communities in Scotland.

26 Apr 2021
Marine and fisheries Scotland: marine fund Scotland application guidance notes

Grant funding is available under the Marine Fund Scotland (MFS) programme, which is only available for financial year 2021 to 2022. Grant funded work must be completed by 31 March 2022.

Each application will be assessed for eligibility to confirm that the proposed project falls within the scope of the Scottish Ministers’ legislative grant-making powers being relied upon.

The MFS budget is limited, and priority will be given to eligible applications of the highest quality. Quality will be assessed against the three main pillars of the fund:

1. Agreed priorities for Scotland’s marine economy, which are

2. Supported by measurable outcomes, which are in turn delivered by

3. Clearly identified activities.


There are three agreed priorities which are based on evidence around market failures and the current weaknesses and opportunities in the blue economy.

These are: 

  • delivering a low carbon blue economy which contributes to our climate change targets and helps sustain and enhance the natural capital in Scotland’s seas
  • contributing to an innovative, globally competitive, sustainable blue economy with quality jobs and fair work for its participants
  • fair and inclusive growth that maximises opportunities for people and communities in Scotland

These proposed priorities will deliver on Scotland’s National Outcomes 2 , a green recovery from COVID-19 and resilience building to support the transition after EU Exit

Marine fund Scotland: general guidance

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Marine Scotland Grants team
Spur X1, Rm 11
Saughton House
EH11 3XD
Telephone: 0300 244 4000

First published: 26 Apr 2021 Last updated: 5 May 2021 -