Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund Evaluation Study


Please find attached a copy of the “Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund Evaluation Study” for your consideration. This report measures the success of the 2012-15 EFF Axis 4 programme and assesses how well priorities in the Fisheries Local Development Strategy have been met in the local area.


The programme funded 24 projects which focused on economic diversification both within and out with the fishing industry; helped build capacity in coastal communities, provided training and job opportunities and revitalised fisheries areas. In total, over £650,000 of Axis 4 EFF funding helped deliver £2.1million of projects, created 27 new jobs and helped start two new businesses.



AEFF Evaluation Study




Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund (AEFF) Funding Round Closes.


The last round of funding, Round 9 of the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund has officially closed. In total, eight applications were received by the deadline – Friday 25th April. These applications will be discussed at the next FLAG meeting scheduled at the start of June 2014.


This means that the AEFF programme has now closed to applicants, with no further rounds of funding planned for the remainder of the year. Aberdeenshire are currently preparing submission of a Local Development Strategy in the hope of being awarded a new allocation of fisheries funds in the new European Funded period (2015-2020).


If successful, organisations based in Aberdeenshire’s coastlines will be able to apply for funding for projects which benefit the development of fisheries areas.



Update on Third Round of Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) Programme.


The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) Programme are in the process of releasing some more information about the third round of the funding programme. At this stage, the Coastal Communities Fund are inviting people who may be interested in applying to the CCF programme understand the requirements and criteria of the fund.

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) will encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving them funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of Government.

Grants of £50,000 and over are available. The following types of organisations can apply:


  • · local authorities
  • · regeneration agencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • · other public sector bodies
  • · charities
  • · voluntary and community sector organisations
  • · social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives
  • · private sector companies.


For CCF round three, as different from previous years, they are looking for fully developed projects that can spend their CCF award before the programme closes in March 2016. It is important for potential applicants to be aware of this requirement.


The programme will open for applications from projects in January 2014 and will close for stage one applications on the following dates.


24 February 2014 – England (to be confirmed)
4 March 2014 – Wales
24 March – Scotland and N Ireland


Where can you find out more information?


You can find out more, including the specific priorities for Scotland by visiting the following website.


The Big Lottery Fund will be running webinars and telephone interviews to help assess whether projects are suitable for funding from early December and into January 2014.



AEFF Newsletter 6 is now available!


AEFF Newsletter 6, August 2013 can be viewed here.


The Newsletter includes important information relating to the programme including:


  • Round 5 approvals
  • Staff News
  • Final trawl for applications
  • Where we are to date
  • Homecoming Scotland 2014
  • Fish Recipe


Please note all AEFF correspondence  should be sent to as of 30/08/13


Communities and groups encouraged to apply for £60,000 Homecoming Scotland 2014 grant scheme


Tourism in the area has received a major boost from Aberdeenshire Council with the launch of a new fund to develop events to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014.


The £60,000 scheme is to support community groups and organisations on a not-for-profit basis and will help to expand a programme of Homecoming events throughout next year.


Aberdeenshire Council is now inviting applications to a fund which will provide grants to those who want to take part.


It is being offered to help make Aberdeenshire more attractive as a destination in the Year of Homecoming, bringing in new audiences and promoting the area.


Established events can also apply, if they can demonstrate additional features to promote Homecoming 2014 to visitors.


The Homecoming 2014 Grant Scheme will provide maximum funding of £5,000 per application, with each of Aberdeenshire’s six area committees allocated £10,000 to distribute amongst applicants.


Applications to the grant scheme will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.


There is no specific match-funding requirement, though that would be advantageous.


To fill in an application form for funding, please see Aberdeenshire Council’s Homecoming 2014 web pages at:


For further information or queries on eligibility, please email:


FARNET Newsletter July 2013 Now Available


View it here.


Scotrail Foundation – Helping Communities Across Scotland


The ScotRail Foundation was launched today, 18th June, 2013, and will distribute grants to groups that support children or young people – and/or improve the environment or general health of communities.


Communities that have (or wish to have) a local station at the heart of their  activities will be prioritised.


Groups can apply for grants of between £250 and £5,000.


Please see:



Be Part of the Picture Fund Launches – 11/06/13


Be Part of the Picture is Aberdeenshire’s creative placemaking programme, that uses an exciting range of cultural engagement projects to celebrate the many strengths of Aberdeenshire and promote our strong sense of place. The programme is resourced by Aberdeenshire Council,  but is widely owned and informed by the people of Aberdeenshire as the prime local champions of the place in which we we live and work.


Community groups and organisations across Aberdeenshire can apply for up to £5,000 towards projects aimed at celebrating the best of their local area, which could include key local figures, an iconic landmark, the natural environment, local produce, heritage or language.


The money is available for:


  • Projects which celebrate a key aspect of a community’s history or heritage
  • Creation of an artwork or creative product inspired by local surroundings
  • Development of a community brand to be used in local projects or products
  • Extending an existing community event – e.g. a local festival, gala or highlight games – to showcase local creative talent


Be Part of the Picture is about celebrating the strengths of Aberdeenshire and showcasing the region as a place of beauty, quality and innovation.


Further information on the fund can be found here.



Seafood Pavilion – Taste of Grampian, 1st June 2013 – a FLAG R2 Project


An application for a Seafood Pavilion on behalf of Taste of Grampian was approved by the Fisheries Local Action Group in September 2012.


The project received funding at the FLAG Round 2 funding round for a two year period and it’s objectives were to add value to locally added seafood and to promote the wealth of seafood that is both landed and processed in the Aberdeenshire and North East Scotland area.


The Seafood Pavilion was on display at the Taste of Grampian event on 1st June 2013 and was incredibly popular – one fishmonger had to dispatach a van back to Fraserburgh – an 80 mile round trip – to resupply the stand to keep up with demand.


Below : Cooking thai prawn curry with locally landed produce at the Seafood Pavilion.


Whitehills Seafood Restaurant – Now open  – a FLAG R2 Project


The Whitehills Galley Seafood Restaurant, a FLAG Round 2 project, opened for business in May 2013.  The restuarant offers a wide variety of locally landed fish and afternoon teas, coffees and cakes.


Approved in September 2012 by the Fisheries Local Action Group, the Seafood Galley Restuarnt is proviving popular with locals and visitors alike.  A formal opening ceremony will be held in July 2013 to celebrate the successful project.


The interior of the building has benefitted from a high quality refurbishment and boasts views onto the impressive Whitehills Marina.


Bookings are now being taken and are recommended to avoid disappointment.  Further information on restaurant location and contact details can be found here.


Below: the interior of the new Seafood Galley Restaurant at Whitehills Marina


FARNET Newsletter May 2013 Now Available


View it here.


FARNET Magazine #8 Spring – Summer 2013 Now Available


View it here.


FARNET Newsletter March 2013 Now Available


View it here.


Coastal Communities Fund  2013 – Now Open


The Coastal Communities Fund is open for applications from Scotland from 12 March 2013.


Applicants will be required to submit a stage one application by  26 April 2013 for projects in Scotland.   The strongest applications will then be invited to submit a full application in summer 2013.


Details of CCF-funded projects in year one


The programme generated a great deal of interest in year one and we received substantially more applications than we were able to fund. Applications which were able to demonstrate the following were prioritised:


  • Clear outputs which can be evidenced
  • Creation of jobs (particularly direct and indirect jobs within the project timescale)
  • Ability to deliver outcomes within the project timescale
  • Sustainability of activity and longer term impact.


Further information on projects which received funding in the first year of CCF can be found here.


For more information on the Coastal Communities Fund please visit the website or contact our enquiries line on 0845 4 10 20 30 or email us at



FARNET Newsletter January 2013 Now Available


View it here.


2013 AEFF Timetable now available


View it here.


Merry Christmas from the AEFF team!


We would like to wish all our applicants past, present and future all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a prosperous 2013.

Thank you for your continued input and stream of ideas.  We look forward to working with you in delivering further success for Aberdeenshire’s fishing areas in 2013.

In 2013 many of you will be hearing from and meeting  the Aberdeenshire Fisheries Project Officer, David-John McRobbie who has been working hard to continually promote AEFF.  Further information on and how he can help Aberdeenshire communities will be available in the AEFF Newsletter 4 in early 2013.

AEFF on Facebook!


Please note that AEFF are now on Facebook!

Please take a look by searching for ‘Aberdeenshire Fisheries Page’ in Facebook.

David-John McRobbie (Aberdeenshire Fisheries Project Officer) has been working hard on this and aims to promote AEFF through social media enabling a wider reach.

We would be grateful If you could therefore ‘Like’ us and ‘share the page’.

FARNET Magazine #7 Autumn – Winter 2012 Now Avalailable!


View it here.

FARNET Newsletter November 2012 now available


View it here.


Potential Public Co-Finance – New Legacy 2014 Fund Opens


A new £10 million Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, part of the Scottish Government’s Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 programme, will give communities across Scotland more and better places to be active.


Grants between £10,000 and £100,000 are now available to help build or upgrade local facilities such as new bike or skate parks, outdoor adventure facilities, walking routes, or new projects within school estates.


Further information on the funding can be found here.




Aberdeenshire projects reel in over £334,000 in Round 2 of AEFF funding.

The projects, which incorporate adding value to seafood produce, eco-tourism, skills development, infrastructure improvements and the promotion of fisheries heritage, were awarded funding at last month’s (September) meeting of the Aberdeenshire Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).


Further information can be found here.

Aberdeenshire FLAG Factsheet on FARNET


There are a total of 12 Fisheries Local Action Group’s (FLAG) in Scotland representing Scotland’s fishing areas.


The Aberdeenshire FLAG Factsheet can be downloaded from the Fisheries Area Network website.


Full information on other FLAG’s in Scotland, United Kingdom and the wider European area can be found here.


FARNET Newsletter July 2012 now available


View it here.


£50K Giveaway!


Last week BAA launched the £50k  give-away and are looking for one lucky charity or group to give this special donation to.


Groups who meet these criteria are urged to apply:


  • In the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area
  • A focus towards work with specific environmental, educational or employment benefits
  • A one-off aspirational project and not running costs


All applications should be returned to on or before 13th August 2012.



AEFF at the Scottish Parliament


Following on from three successful communtiy events in Inverbervie, Port Erroll and Banff, local MSP Nigel Don invited the AEFF Co-ordinator and LEADER Project Officer to give an overview of both European programmes to North East MSPs.  The session on 28th June 2012 was well attended and equipped North East MSPs with more information on both programmes to report back to their constituents.




May 2012 Community Engagement Events


Three community engagement events were held in May 2012  providing information on Aberdeenshire European Funding. Full details of the events can be found here.


Copies of  the AEFF presentation can be downloaded here.



FARNET Magazine Spring/Summer 2012 now available


View it here.


Diversification of Fisheries Areas Guide #5


This guide includes information on diversification from fisheries only activities, one of the eligible measures of AEFF.


Download the FARNET Guide #5 here.



AEFF Official Launch


AEFF formally launched on 30th March 2012 at Banff and Buchan College, Fraserburgh.


The day was well attended by individuals, businesses and members of the community and delegates had on overview of the programme and the opportunity to hear about a local success story on diversification from the fisheries industry.


Copies of the PowerPoint Presentation can be downloaded.




A tasty selection of locally-sourced seafood was provided from members of the FLAG  and prepared by college catering lecturer Tony Jackson and college students.



Delegates enjoying the variety of seafood on the day including tusk with smoked bacon and chorizo, catfish with cheese crust and grain mustard, pollock with catfish mouse and langoustine with an Asian dressing!



The tasty langoustine!