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The criteria are arranged under 5 headings: economic, social, environmental,

strategic alignment and project management. Under each heading is a series of

specific criteria against which the project applications will be rated. Particular

attention will be paid to criteria which are closely aligned with policy objectives,

and these are highlighted. The FLAG should apply this criteria in making

recommendations on projects to Marine Scotland.



The key issues are profitability and competitiveness. Key policy objectives are

to improve fuel efficiency and to reduce discards. The criteria which will could be

considered is:

A1   Creation of measurable economic benefits (Business Case and Role)
A2   Operating cost reduction (including energy efficiency) Policy Priority
A3   Supply chain and operating efficiency
A4   Increasing quality and value from existing markets/products
A5   Creating value from diversification, new markets or products
46   Developing or exploiting new technology
A7   Developing local branding/niche markets
A8   Exploiting by-products for profit
A9   Reducing waste and discards Policy Priority
A10   Addressing market/product information deficiencies



The key issues are communities, employment, and working conditions. A key

policy objective is to promote safer working conditions and safer working practices.

The criteria which will could be considered is;

B1   Supporting diversification into new activities
B2   Promoting long term prosperity in fishing-dependent communities
B3   Creating new employment opportunities
B4   lmproving skills and training opportunities
B5   Sustaining existing employment
B6   Promoting access to employment
B7   Promoting equal opportunities
B8   Creating safer/better working conditions Policy Priority
B9   Promoting safer working practices Policy Priority



The key issues are sustainability of environments and resources, and awareness

and understanding. A key policy objective is to reduce adverse impact on environments

and on resources. The criteria which will could be considered is;

C1   Promoting sustainability of environments (marine, air, landscape, etc)
C2   lmproving quality of environments, including accreditation schemes
C3   Reducing adverse impact on environment and habitats policy priority
C4   Promoting sustainability of stocks/species
C5 Promoting quality and health of stocks/species, including accreditation schemes
C6   Reducing adverse impact on resources policy priority
C7   Developing awareness of environmental issues and impacts
C8   Improving access to environmental information and sharing best practice


Strategic Alignment

The key issues are alignment and synergy with relevant development strategies and plans.

The criteria which will could be considered is;

D1   Degree of alignment with Regional/Local Development plans
D2   Degree of additional value obtained from public investment
D3   Level of support from relevant industry organisations
D4   Level of Support from relevant community organisations
D5   Level of support from relevant environmental organisations
D6   Outputs and lessons learned can be evaluated and shared


Project Management

The key issue is the likelihood of delivery of the project benefits. The criteria which will

could be considered is;

E1   Project/ Business Plan demonstrates how benefits will be achieved
E2   Project Plan and timetable is realistic
E3   Risks to delivery have been assessed and will be addressed
E4   Matching funds are available
E5   External dependencies are understood and committed
E6   Exit strategy - benefits can be sustained after funding ceases


Applying the Criteria

The assessment and approval process is designed to be:

  • Accurate - ensuring that decisions are based on sound information enabling

          a clear understanding of eligibility and conformance with the regulations

  • Effective - ensuring that grants are appropriately targeted to meet the aims and

          value for money from the available funds

  • Efficient - enabling decisions to be reached as quickly as possible with the minimum

         work required to process applications, consistent with ensuring the quality of decisions

  • Transparent - enabling applicants to understand how applications are assessed and

          that decisions are reached consistently and equally (particularly when applications

          are not approved)


The selection criteria which have been approved by the Programme Monitoring Committee

are the only criteria which are applied in deciding whether the application should be awarded

a grant. There are, however, other factors which may be taken into account to prioritise applications

in the event that the Fund is oversubscribed, and other factors which determinethe level of grant

which may be offered. Article specific eligibility is explainedin the relevant Eligibility Guidance Notes.


All applications will be considered by the project Assessment Committee to ensure there

consistency of approach.

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