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Bolton Le Sands

Guidance for Applicants: Fish Protection & Predation Management Up to £5,000 available for individual projects

Broadfield Park Lake Pool

Guidance for Applicants: Parks and Council-owned Angling Venues Up to 30 awards will be made to councils (or to councils and clubs working in partnership), to improve angling facilities at park ponds and other council-owned venues where angling is offered free or at reduced cost.

1 River Calder, Mirfield

Guidance for Applicants: Access to river angling Up to 30 awards will be made to projects that improve access to river fishing and/or enhance bankside facilities

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Angling Improvement Fund: Make an Application


The first of this year's rounds of the Angling Improvement Fund is now open to applications



How To Make An Application

Angling Improvement Fund Round 1  2017/2018

Proposals are invited for the following three types of project:

Fish protection and predation management:

Around 20 awards will be offered for fencing, fish refuges and other non-lethal measures to protect fish stocks from unsustainable predation by otters, fish-eating birds and other wildlife.

Parks and Council-owned angling venues

Up to 30 awards will be made to councils (or to councils and clubs working in partnership), to improve angling facilities at park ponds and other council-owned venues where angling is offered free or at reduced cost.

Access to river angling

Up to 30 awards will be made to projects that improve access to river fishing and/or enhance bankside facilities. In judging entries, preference will be given to clubs and other organisations that actively help anglers find information on where to fish on rivers, e.g. by providing online information and booking systems.

Please note:

  • We have deliberately invited proposals across a range of project types, including one improving access for improving access for fishing on rivers and streams.
  • If you are considering applying for AIF funding to riverside angling facilities, it is particularly important that you establish early on if these require an Environmental Permit (EP) for flood risk activities or registration as an exempted activity. More details are provided in the guidance for applicants (see attachment)
  • Among the aspects the assessment panel will be looking for are 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 bring a similar amount of match-funding to complement any AIF grant offered.
  • River angling - which hasn't previously featured in the AIF.
  • The maximum award available is £5,000 per project and we are looking for successful organisations to be able to complete the work by March 31st, 2018.
  • You may apply for funding under more than one of the themes. If all of your applications are sufficiently good, and we believe you can complete them all, you may strike it lucky and win funding for all of your proposals.
  • Please find forms and guidance notes on the right hand column and at the bottom of this page.

Other Sources of Funding

We will be updating this page with details of existing and new funding opportunities that you can then explore further.


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.

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 copies of the BDAA ‘Access to Angling: best practice guidance’ worth £23 each to give away on a “first-come, first-served” basis. If you would like to order a free copy for your club or fishery please contact the Fund Administrator, Mark Wilton at AIFadmin@anglingtrust.net. Please remember to include your name, address and club or fishery affiliation with your request.

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 



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