Transition Assistance Fund

The Transition Assistance Fund supports small-scale fisheries and fisheries in the Global South on their pathway to sustainability, and is part of our Ocean Stewardship Fund.

In 2021, £500,000 is available for grants of up to £50,000. Fisheries with verified action plans can apply for support to cover the costs of implementing improvements. In 2020, six projects in Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa verified through the In-Transition to MSC program received financial support through the Ocean Stewardship Fund.

Over the next two years, the fisheries will use this funding to support the costs of implementing improvements identified in their action plans.

Aims of the fund

  • Increase the number of small-scale fisheries and fisheries in the Global South transitioning towards sustainable practices through our In-Transition to MSC program
  • Incentivise fisheries in the In-Transition to MSC program to continue to work towards MSC certification.
  • Support the costs associated with implementing improvements identified in fisheries' action plans.


What grants are available?

Applications opened for the Ocean Stewardship Fund 2021 on 8 October 2020.

Amount of funding available: up to £50,000 

Duration of funding: Two years 

Deadline for applications:  Applications must be submitted by 23:59GMT 6 January 2021.

Who can apply?

The Transition Assistance Fund welcomes applications from any small-scale fisheries or fisheries in the Global South who 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 within 5 years.

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 

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

Completed applications must be submitted in English and submitted via email to

MSC Ocean Stewardship Fund - Privacy Policy
Date of issue: 15 September 2020

Find out more

Fishing boats docked in harbour

Apply for funding (home)

The Ocean Stewardship Fund offers grants to both MSC certified sustainable fisheries and improving fisheries

Find out more
Indonesian handline fisher

Supporting small-scale fisheries

The MSC is committed to providing equal access for all fisheries seeking MSC certification.

Find out more
Fisherman gathering nets among colourful boats

Fish for Good

Fish for Good is a four-year project aiming to guide fisheries in Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa on their journey towards sustainability.

Find out more
  • '{{item.Image.Title}}', {{item.Image.Artist}}, {{item.Image.Description}}