Detailed guide: Maritime and Fisheries Fund (MFF): before you apply

Marine Management Organisation

October 23
23:00 2019

The MFF scheme in England provides funding to private applicants for:

  • assisting the fisheries sectors with the implementation of national fisheries legislation
  • improving health and safety on fishing vessels
  • improving the added value or quality of fish caught including use of unwanted catches
  • investments in fishing ports, landing sites, auction halls and shelters
  • processing of fishery and aquaculture products
  • investments in aquaculture

You can apply for funds to support the fishing and maritime sectors under the Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Public applicants cannot apply to this fund.

Projects to be considered under the MFF scheme should not have a total project cost exceeding 2million based on relevant exchange rates.

Applicants cannot be awarded more than 1million, based on relevant exchange rates, in any calendar year during the scheme, including the accumulated values of multiple projects.

About the MFF

The MFF is a funding scheme which will support private applicants in fisheries, inland waters, aquaculture and maritime sectors. The fund provides support for sustainable development within the fishing and aquaculture sectors and conservation of the marine environment, alongside growth and jobs in coastal and marine related sectors. The purpose of the scheme is to provide England with a financial support mechanism to the fisheries, inland waters, aquaculture and maritime sectors. The scheme will help England reach economic, environmental and social goals and:

  • help fishermen in the transition to sustainable fishing
  • finance projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along our coasts

MFF priorities

The aims of the MFF is structured around priorities, each with several specific objectives. All of these are supported by specific measures.

Promoting sustainable, resource efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge based fisheries

MFF support under this priority will focus on innovation and added value that can make the fisheries sector economically viable and resilient to external shocks. This will promote environmentally sustainable, resource efficient, competitive fisheries which are more selective, produce less discards, and do less damage to marine ecosystems. Projects that fall under this priority could be for:

  • research and innovation in new technologies that increase the selectivity of gear
  • energy efficiency improvements to fish processing technology
  • restoration of marine ecosystems

Fostering sustainable, resource efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge based aquaculture

Aims to ensure the aquaculture sector is environmentally sustainable, resource efficient and competitive, and help such businesses to become green, economically viable and competitive. Projects that fall under this priority could be for:

  • investment in technology which improves aquaculture potential
  • sharing best practice on sustainable aquaculture

Fostering marketing and processing

Aims to improve market organisation for fishery and aquaculture products, processing and marketing sectors. Projects that fall under this priority could be for:

  • setting up Producer Organisations
  • organising certification schemes to increase the value of catches
  • investment in technology to increase opportunities to use by-catch

What MFF funds can support

The fund provides support for private business and individuals undertaking sustainable development within the fishing and aquaculture sectors and conservation of the marine environment. You can apply for funding for things like:

  • investments on board fishing vessels
  • gear replacements
  • improvements to shore-based facilities
  • training and innovation
  • investments in seafood processing and marketing
  • investments in aquaculture and inland fishing

If you work in the fishing industry, you can apply for an MFF grant to fund sustainable development and support growth and jobs in coastal and marine sectors.

Expression of interest form

You can use the Expression of interest form if you would like an initial assessment of the potential eligibility of your project before submitting a full application form through the online E system. Any advice you receive following an Expression of interest response is only an indication of potential eligibility and is not a guarantee of funding. No offers of funding will be made until after a full application has been submitted, assessed by MMO and approved and you have received an offer letter.

Expression of Interest Form (MS Word Document, 128KB)

Expression of Interest Guidance (MS Word Document, 57.4KB)

Funding you can apply for

To apply, you need to propose a project. There are different funding areas you can apply for.Each grant has its own application form and its own guidance note. You should read the guidance note relating to your project type and the General Guidance note before you complete your application.

1. Support for fishing vessel energy improvements (RTF, 1.3MB)

2. Support for Investments on Board Fishing Vessels (MS Word Document, 304KB)

3. Support for Improvements to Shore-Based Facilities (MS Word Document, 146KB)

4. Support for partnerships information sharing advisory services job creation and training applications (RTF, 1.43MB)

5. The Marine environment and Inland Fishing (RTF, 2.08MB)

6. Support for Aquaculture Processing and Marketing (RTF, 2.25MB)

Activities you can apply to fund

You can apply for funding to:

  • improve the energy efficiency of your gear or vessel
  • expand your business into new markets and find new ways of increasing productivity and throughput
  • improve health and safety
  • boost the value and quality of your product and including ways to use unwanted catch
  • improve fishing ports, landing sites, auction halls and shelters
  • try innovations in fisheries, the maritime sector and aquaculture
  • marketing measures
  • process fishery and aquaculture products
  • start a partnership between scientists and fishermen
  • create jobs in the fishing or aquaculture sectors
  • create social dialogue
  • implement conservation measures and regional co-operation
  • limit the impact of fishing on the marine environment and adapt fishing methods to protect species
  • innovation that could conserve mar

Related Articles


  1. We don't have any comments for this article yet. Why not join in and start a discussion.

Write a Comment

Your name:
Your email:

Post my comment

Recent Comments

Follow Us on Twitter

Share This

Enjoyed this? Why not share it with others if you've found it useful by using one of the tools below: