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Angling Improvement Fund: How do I apply?

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Angling Improvement Fund Round 1  2020/21

Whilst we are pleased to announce the reopening of the Angling Improvement Fund, please be aware that the 2020/21 fund is likely to be severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are re-opening the portal so please submit your project ideas by completing an ‘expression of interest’ form, as these will be collated for inclusion in future improvement programmes if/when funding become available.

This year’s funding will be solely aimed at projects such as the installation of otter-proof fencing and measures to combat over-predation of fish stocks by fish-eating birds. Awards of up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered where the applicant is able to commit a comparable amount of match-funding (cash, voluntary time or a mixture of the two).

All applicants need to complete and submit their form using the online grant management system:


Only forms submitted via the online system will be considered and need to be completed and submitted by the closing date, midday on 31st July 2020.

Applicants who have not already registered their details will need to do so by following a simple registration process, once registered they can select the relevant electronic form and begin to complete it. Guidance notes can be found in the right-hand column and at the bottom of this page.

Before applying it’s worth finding out more about the fund. Our guidance document will tell you more about why we’re offering this fund, when we’ll make decisions, plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea. Additional help is included in the ‘help text’ on some of the questions within the form.

To assist with the completion of the form, please CLICK HERE to see a list of the questions that you will be asked.

Key Information:

When considering your project, the assessment panel will be looking for evidence of expert consultation in its planning (see below). Successful applicants will be expected to bring a similar amount of match-funding to complement any AIF grant offered.

We are looking for successful organisations to deliver their projects ideally by the end of the year and by 31st March 2021 at the absolute latest.

Sources of Expert Advice

Seeking out the right advice before submitting your project idea will help you to set achievable goals and find ways to reach your objectives. By getting expert opinions, you are more likely to produce a realistic plan and avoid pitfalls both practical and legal, giving your project the best chance of gaining the funding required.

Details about the Angling Trust's Fishery Management Service are available HERE

Consider Less Abled Anglers

When planning your project please think about access for less abled anglers. The British Disabled Anglers Association has some great details about this, please download a free copy of their Access Guide ‘Access to Angling: best practice guidance’ click HERE or email


Further details about otters can be found HERE

Fish-eating Birds

Further details about fish-eating birds can be found HERE

There are a few organisations that will give advice freely or can be consulted about your project. You’ll find a host of information within each organisation’s website too. Some key organisations to seek expert advice from are:

Local Environment Agency Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology team

Wild Trout Trust

The Rivers Trust

Canal and Rivers Trust

Institute of Fisheries Management 

Contact Us

Need further assistance? Contact the Angling Improvement Fund Administration team on 0115 822 4561 or email or from Mark Wilton, National Angling Improvement Fund and Club Support Manager, on 07495 433626.

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