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Guidance for Applicants: Fish Protection & Predation Management Up to 20 projects will be funded for work including otter-proof fencing and measures to combat over-predation of fish stocks by fish-eating birds

Angling Improvement Fund: Make an Application

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Angling Improvement Fund Round 1  2019/20

Proposals are invited for the following types of project:

Fish protection and predation management

A minimum of 20 projects will be funded for work such as 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.

All applicants need to complete and submit their application using our new online grant management system.


Only applications submitted via the online system will be considered and need to be completed and submitted by the closing date, midday on 4th July, 2019.

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 application form and begin to complete their application. Guidance for completing your application can be found on the right-hand side of this page. We strongly recommend that all applicants take time to read these notes before beginning their application and also during the application process.

Key Information:

• When considering your application, the assessment panel will be looking for evidence of expert consultation in the planning of your project (see below), and your projections for the number of angling opportunities safeguarded or created as a result of doing the work. Successful projects will also 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 2020 at the absolute latest.

• Guidance notes can be found in the right-hand column and at the bottom of this page. Please ensure you read these as they contain lots of useful information and hints.

• All applications must be submitted online using the on line AIF grant management tool. Additional help and advice is included in the ‘help text’ on some of the questions within the application form.

Sources of Expert Advice

Seeking out the right advice before making your application will help you to set achievable goals and find ways to reach your objectives. By getting expert opinion, you are more likely to come up with a realistic plan and avoid pit-falls, both practical and legal, giving your application the best chance of gaining the funding required. Details about the Angling Trusts 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 numerous organisations that will give advice freely or can be consulted about your project. You’ll find a host of information within each organisations 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 

Tips for making applications:

1. Draw up a fundraising plan for your organisation, covering the next 5 years. This should link the work you need to do, with the funds needed. At the heart of this plan will be the sporting objectives you wish to fulfill. These objectives will depend on capital items or projects, which should be identified and (as far as possible - costed). Select the funding sources appropriate to each item (or project) and note the timeframes and deadlines for applications.

2. Consider making 'funding' a regular discussion item at club committee/ fishery management meetings.

3. Collect as much evidence of the local demand for your project, e.g. surveys of anglers, letters of support from existing or future user groups.

4. Be clear on the benefits the funded work will bring to the venue and the community. Don't assume this will be obvious. Include quantitative benefits (e.g. numbers of visits by new users, or frequency of visits) and think how you can measure these.

5. Build relationships with local community groups, whether they intend to use the fishing facilities or not. A joint application from two sporting clubs, or for a project offering mixed community benefit (beyond fishing alone) is likely to be more attractive than one solely based on fishing.

6. Funders are increasingly concerned that a project should be sustainable, i.e. that it will continue to deliver benefits long after the project work has finished. You should have a plan for maintaining the new or upgraded facilities and for promoting them. Try and include this plan within your application.

7. Consider how you will manage and record usage of the improved facilities.

8. Break the project items into sensible 'chunks' composed of discrete cost accordingly. Don't lump obviously distinct items together, e.g. materials. The judges want to see transparency and exactly what items they are being asked to fund.

9. Save copies of your applications. Your answers to questions took time to produce and could be used in future applications.

10. If you are unsuccessful, and feedback is offered: take it, read it, and use it to make better applications next time.

11. Think of past successful applications as a valuable resource for your organisation. Make sure these are referred to in your applications. They provide assurance that you are a 'safe bet' for funding.

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 or email

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