Transition Assistance Fund

The Transition Assistance Fund supports fisheries in developing economies and small-scale fisheries on their pathway to sustainability and is part of our Ocean Stewardship Fund.

What grants are available?

Amount of funding available: up to £50,000 

Duration of funding: two years 

Deadline for applications: applications are now open for 2023 and close at 23:59 GMT on 5 December 2022

Who can apply?

The Transition Assistance Fund welcomes applications from any fisheries in developing economies and small-scale fisheries that are part of the In-Transition to MSC (ITM) program.

The ITM program provides independent verification for fisheries committed to becoming MSC certified by entering full assessment.

Each fishery can only submit one application for consideration. If the fishery is applying for a second Transition Assistance Fund grant, the term of the first grant must have concluded by the time of application. For example, if the first grant finishes before December 2022, the fishery will be eligible to apply in the 2023 funding round.

Submissions by organisations must be made by a named individual who will be responsible for that project.

Applications will be assessed on:

  • Meeting the ITM eligibility or progress status 
  • Clarity and feasibility of the project outcomes and key performance indicators within the timelines   
  • Contribution of the project to improvements in the fishery 
  • Competency of the ITM project manager 
  • Experience and track record in fisheries improvements of the implementing organisation 
  • Evidence of matched or additional funding 

How to apply

Applicants must be able to accept the Transition Assistance Fund Grant Agreement and the Ocean Stewardship Fund Privacy Policy below.

Applications must be submitted in English via email to

MSC Ocean Stewardship Fund - Privacy Policy
Date of issue: 15 September 2022

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