Inland Fisheries Ireland have announced a new funding programme aimed at assisting angling clubs, tidy towns groups, local development groups and others interested in improving access to their local angling facilities.
There is €500,000 up for grabs nationwide. Projects must provide for public access (ie you can’t be carrying out works just for the good of your own club members). Eligible works include:
- Clearing and fencing along rivers/ lakes to allow access for angling
- Abled and disabled friendly angling stands
- Car parks to improve access for anglers (new car parks and upgrades to existing carparks)
- Walkways to improve access for anglers
- Stands, styles, footbridges and boat slips
- Accessible angling boats / angling boats
Applications will be evaluated in light of the objectives of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development, which aims to make angling accessible and attractive through information, infrastructure and support, to develop tourism through the promotion of angling and to establish recognition of angling as an important leisure and recreational pursuit. So bear this in mind when you’re making your case for funding – how will what you’re proposing to do help the IFI to realise its ambitions?
For more information on Inland Fisheries Ireland’s current funding call and to complete the online application form, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/funding. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 8th of November 2016.
More details and application forms are available here
If you have a project in mind, but you don’t think you’ll be ready in time for this funding call, fear not – there is an intention to make another call in 2017.