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What is the Angling Improvement Fund?

The Angling Trust is aware of the tremendous need for newer, safer facilities, better habitats and more accessible facilities to enable clubs, fisheries and other angling organisations to flourish and attract anglers.

Unfortunately, funding from traditional sources (e.g. local authorities) is becoming harder to find, and better-known funding schemes, such as are offered by Sport England, attract heavy competition from across all sports. For commercial fisheries, funding is even harder to come across via mainstream commercial banks.

To help increase the availability of funding for angling, the Angling Trust, supported by the Environment Agency, launched the Angling Improvement Fund, which re-invests part of the proceeds of coarse, trout and eel fishing licence sales in England in projects directly benefiting anglers. It is important that all rod licence payers in England are able to benefit, so for this reason, the Fund is open to all angling clubs and associations and commercial fisheries. Angling projects and other angling organisations are also welcome to apply.

Because the money distributed as AIF awards is derived from the sale of coarse fish and non-migratory trout fishing licences in England, projects located outside of England, projects primarily supporting salmon and sea trout angling, and sea angling organisations are not currently eligible to apply.

Between successive rounds of the Fund, we will report on how the awards are being put to good use by the winning clubs and fisheries. You can read reports about previous Fund Winners HERE.

As long as a project meets the eligibility criteria, the Angling Trust welcomes applications over from a wide range of angling providers – individually or in partnership – including clubs, commercial fisheries, charities and local authorities. Crucially, you don’t need to be an Angling Trust member club or fishery to apply.

In the latest round of funding, another £300,000 of fishing licence money is being made available to the AIF, which will support 70-80 new angling projects at venues across the country. The deadline for getting applications to us is September 20th 2017.

The themes in this round are:

Fish protection and predation management

Around 20 awards will be offered for fencing, fish refuges and other non-lethal measures to protect fish stocks from unsustainable predation by otters, fish-eating birds and other wildlife.

Parks and other public venues

Up to 30 awards will be made to councils (or to councils and clubs working in partnership), to improve angling facilities at park ponds and other council-owned venues where angling is offered free or at reduced cost.

Access to river angling

Up to 30 awards will be made to projects that improve access to river fishing and/or enhance bankside facilities. In judging entries, preference will be given to clubs and other organisations that actively help anglers find information on where to fish on rivers, e.g. by providing online information and booking systems. 

To encourage more young people to give fishing a go, and make the most of the free junior fishing licence introduced this year by the Environment Agency, we would be especially keen to receive applications from clubs and other angling organisations that have structures in place (e.g. a dedicated junior section) or run schemes to help kids fish enjoyably and safely.

This is the first of two funding releases planned for this year, with the second due to be launched in November.  The themes for this second round are still under consideration, but will almost certainly include support for improvements at stillwater angling venues.  

Since its launch in February 2015, the AIF has distributed almost £1million of fishing licence income to 240 projects, supporting angling improvements estimated to be worth an incredible £2.4million.

Dr Kevin Austin, Deputy Director for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural Environment at the Environment Agency, said:  “It’s great to see more money being allocated through the Angling Improvement Fund which will help to improve fisheries and increase access to angling.  This additional investment will provide more opportunities for people to go fishing, encourage sales of fishing licences, help to protect fisheries from unsustainable predation and, as a consequence, allow us to do more to benefit fisheries.”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, said: “The Angling Improvement Fund goes from strength to strength and demonstrates what can be achieved through partnership working between the Environment Agency, the Angling Trust and most importantly clubs and fisheries the length and breadth of the country.  This investment into angling is from funds raised by sales of fishing licences and we urge all clubs and fisheries to help ensure that everyone fishing on their waters has a valid licence at all times.”

Organisations may also contact the AIF Fund team on with any questions on project suitability. 

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
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