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Apply now for a share of bumper Angling Improvement Fund for your projects


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The Angling Trust is inviting applications for a share of £200,000 to help fund projects to manage fish predation and improve ‘access for all’ at fisheries.

The money has come from rod licence sales in England and will be used by the Angling Improvement Fund (AIF) to launch at least 40 angling projects this year.
Supported by the Environment Agency, the aim is to fund projects that will encourage more people to go fishing.

As long as a project meets the eligibility criteria, the Angling Trust welcomes applications over the next two months 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.

As in previous rounds of the AIF, this latest funding will be used to better address a particular area of need in the National Angling Strategy. This time the Angling Trust is looking for quality projects that will increase angling participation by tackling problems in the following two areas:

1. Fish predation:
Non-lethal methods to control cormorants and goosanders, fish refuges, otter-proof fencing and other projects to manage un-sustainable predation of fish stocks. Up to £5,000 will be available for individual projects and fisheries and clubs may apply even if they are not day ticket waters.

2. Access for All:
Open to inclusive projects seeking to increase participation by anglers who are currently prevented or discouraged due to poor access facilities in and around the fishery.  Preference will be given to projects that address obstacles faced by people with physical, sensory or learning impairments or with long-term health conditions.

Sarah Chare, Head of Fisheries at the Environment Agency, said: “In 2015, we sold 1.2 million rod licences. This is great for angling because it means more investment in fisheries and the fishing clubs supporting anglers up and down the country. This round of the Angling Improvement Fund represents the best of our partnership with the Angling Trust as it is aimed at getting more people into our sport and protecting fish from predators.”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, said: “One of the many brilliant things about angling is that some disciplines can be practised by people with disabilities and anyone aged 5 to 95, but we need to ensure that they are able to get to the water safely. That’s why this round of funding will be targeted at projects that help improve access to the water, based on research into what their members and customers need.  We will also be continuing our work to protect fisheries from predators to support our predation action plan.”

More details on how to apply, including key deadlines, standard application forms, eligibility and judging criteria for each theme is available here 

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