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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

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Guidance for Applicants: General Maintenance A broad mix of proposals are invited from organisations seeking to make repairs and upgrades to angling infrastructure at still-water fisheries and canals

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Guidance for Applicants: Access for All Up to 15 grants of up to £5,000 will be offered to angling-based organisations to improve facilities targeted at disabled anglers and/or junior participation.

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Guidance for Applicants: Access to Rivers Up to 15 grants of up to £5,000 will be offered for river-based projects such as new platforms, pathways, car parking areas and maintenance of bankside trees and vegetation.

Angling Improvement Fund: Make an Application

Applications for funding for fish protection and predation management, general maintenance, access for all and river access have now closed. Keep checking the website for the next round of funding.

Angling Improvement Fund Round 1  2018/19

Proposals are invited for the following types of project:

Fish protection and predation management

Up to 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 in excess of £5,000 will be considered where the applicant is able to commit a comparable amount of match-funding.

General maintenance

A broad mix of proposals are invited from organisations seeking to make repairs and upgrades to angling infrastructure at still-water fisheries and canals. Applications for improvements to pegs and platforms, pathways, approach roads, bridges, parking areas will all be eligible. Other ideas to consider might be signage, toilets, general health and safety improvements and other facilities. Between 20-30 grants of up to a maximum £5,000 will be available for eligible projects.

Access for All

Between 10-15 grants of up to £5,000 will be offered to angling-based organisations with a specific focus on improving facilities targeted at disabled anglers an/or junior participation. Funding towards new disabled friendly or coaching platforms, pathways, car parking, toilets, shelters etc will be available. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their project meets this strict criteria.

Access to Rivers

Once again we will seek applications towards river based projects and will look to make between 10-15 grants of up to £5,000 will be on offer. Applicants can seek funding towards new platforms, pathways, car parking areas, maintenance of bank side trees and vegetation, etc will be available.

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


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.

Only applications submitted via the online system will be considered and need to be completed and submitted by the closing date, midday on 31st July, 2018.

Key Information:

  • When considering your application, the assessment panel will be looking in particular for evidence of expert consultation in the planning of your project, 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 2019 at the absolute latest.
  • Any organisation may apply for funding under more than one of the themes but if successful must convince us that they have the capacity to undertake all projects awarded within the timescales mentioned above.
  • Guidance notes can be found in the right hand column and at the bottom of this page.
  • All applications must be submitted online using the new AIF grant management tool. Additional help and advice is included in 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.

The Angling Trust has a number of copies of the BDAA guide ‘Access to Angling: best practice guidance’ to give away free of charge to angling clubs, fisheries and other angling providers. If you would like a copy, on a first come-first served basis, please contact the Fund Administrator, Angling Trust at Alternatively, you can request a copy direct from BDAA at or download a copy HERE (if a code is requested enter the word FREE).

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 fishery and the community. Don't assume this will be obvious. Include quantitative benefits (e.g. nos. 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.

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

8. Break the project items into sensible 'chunks' composed of discrete items, and cost accordingly. Don't lump obviously distinct items together, e.g. 'aerators, fish stocks and fishing platforms'. The judges want to see transparency.

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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