Half a million euro was granted yesterday (Monday) to 22 marine projects, which will be ongoing in Sligo and under the North West FLAG project-Fisheries Local Action group.
The FLAG programme, which is co-funded by the exchequer and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, is implemented by seven Flag groups, with administrative support provided by BIM.co
A number of Sligo based marine projects will benefit from almost €70,000 worth of the funding which was announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD yesterday.
The investment is part of an overall fund of €300,000 worth of grant aid for 22 coastal community based projects across Sligo and Mayo.
The programme has been running since 2014 and will run until 2020. It will deliver €12 million in funding to Ireland’s coastal communities, with €500,000 to spend on projects in both counties.
A range of applications were received by FLAG Northwest from coastal communities also.
They focused on marine based tourism projects, maritime themed festivals, fishermen’s harbour developments, maritime education and training, seafood and aquaculture based initiatives with their final 22 projects meeting the criteria that will deliver an overall investment of €545,000 and grant aid of €315, 403.
Some of the projects to benefit are the Wild Atlantic Shanty Festival in Rosses Point .
Maugherow Community Development Company to receive €35k towards their marine hard stand at Raghly Harbour.
Sligo Bay Sup will receive €1k for their Monster Stand Up Paddle Board project.
St Patrick’s National School in Ballinful allocated €13k for their Sailing for Children initiative .
Rosses Point Development Association, €16k for their Community Centre Development project.