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What is the Angling Improvement Fund?

The Angling Trust is 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.

Unfortunately, funding from traditional sources such as local authorities is becoming harder to find, and better-known funding schemes, such as those offered by Sport England, attract heavy competition from across all sports.

To help increase the availability of funding for angling, the Angling Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, launched the Angling Improvement Fund. Because the money distributed as AIF awards is derived from the sale of coarse fish and non-migratory trout fishing licences in England, projects located outside of England, projects primarily supporting salmon and sea trout angling, and sea angling organisations are not currently eligible to apply.

Between successive rounds of the Fund, we will report on how the awards are being put to good use by the winning clubs and fisheries. You can read reports about previous fund winners HERE.

As long as a project meets the eligibility criteria, the Angling Trust welcomes applications 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.

In the latest round of funding, a minimum of £300,000 of rod licence money is being made available to the AIF. The deadline for submitting applications is July 31st, 2018.

The themes in this round are:

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.

It is hoped that funding offers to successful applicants will be made before the end of September and approved projects must be completed By the end of March 2019.

Since the AIF was launched in February 2015, fishing licence income has helped fund more than 400 angling projects worth an estimated £3.8m creating or safeguarding tens of thousands of angling opportunities in England.


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