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What is the Angling Improvement Fund?

Since the Angling Improvement Fund (AIF) was launched in February 2015, fishing licence income has helped fund more than 500 angling projects worth an estimated £5.6 million, creating or safeguarding tens of thousands of angling opportunities in England.

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

Funding this work comes from a variety of sources:

  • The Environment Agency reinvests income received from the sale of licences in both AIF and the Fisheries Improvement Programme (FIP) FIND OUT MORE
  • Local Authorities can sometimes have funds available and there are a variety of grant making bodies and charitable foundations, who on occasions are able to fund works. Please contact us if you want more information or advice.

To help increase the availability of funding for angling, the Angling Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, administers the AIF.

Whilst we are pleased to announce the reopening of the AIF, please be aware that the 2020/21 fund is likely to be severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this we welcome your project ideas, as these will be collated for incorporation in future improvement programmes when funding become available.

We would like to receive project ideas 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.

Please note that due to the fact that money distributed as AIF awards is derived from income from the sale of the Environment Agency’s non-migratory trout and coarse fishing licences, projects located outside of England - and projects primarily supporting salmon and sea trout angling and/or sea angling organisations - are not eligible to apply.

Subject to available funding, 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).

The deadline for submitting project proposals is noon on 31st July 2020 and the money must be used to fund measures to protect fish stocks from predation.

It is hoped that, subject to funding, offers to successful applicants will be made before the end of September and approved projects must be completed by the end of the year or by the end of March 2021 at the very latest.

However, at this moment there is a high degree of uncertainty due to Covid-19 restrictions in place and that a budget is not currently available. We do encourage you to send in your proposals as we may be able to offer advice and support anyway to help address the issue encountered.


Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
Tel: 0343 5077006 (For Membership enquiries select Option 1) |
Calls to our 0343 number are charged at the same rate as normal landline numbers.
Office hours are Mon - Thu 9.00-5.00 and Fri 4.30. Please leave a message if you call outside these hours or email us.
Email: admin@anglingtrust.net
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