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Guidance for Applicants: Get your fishery ready for Spring £200,000 to support a wide range of maintenance, repair and improvement projects

Angling Improvement Fund: Make an Application

Applications for Round 2 of the Angling
Improvement Fund are now closed

How To Make An Application

Angling Improvement Fund Round 2  2016/2017

Proposals are invited for the following four types of project:

Fish protection and predation management:

About 20 projects will be funded for work such as otter fencing, protection from fish-eating birds, fish refuges or even marginal planting or aerators.

Project design and development, and workforce/volunteer training:

Around 20 projects will receive grants towards the costs of design work, disability access planning, risk assessments and advice needed to get improvements to facilities off the ground. Other work in this theme can include fish stocks surveys and training for fisheries staff, club officials and volunteers.

More coaches:

About 20 awards will go to clubs, fisheries, local authorities, schools and other similar organisations to fund the cost of coach training and angling resources for use at sessions these new coaches will run to get more people fishing more often. The focus will be on encouraging more women, young people and disabled people to become coaches.

Winter maintenance and fishery improvements

A broad mix of proposals are invited to fund about 40 projects that identify repairs and upgrades to angling infrastructure to get fisheries ready for Spring. Applications for work such as stages, paths bridges, landscaping, toilets or washing facilities, health and safety improvements and facilities aimed at improving the experience of women, families and young people. Other ideas to consider for your fishery might be signage, protective clothing and equipment, plant hire, boats, weed control and river access improvements.

Please note:

  • We have deliberately invited proposals across a range of project types: with over £400,000 on offer there has never been a better time to apply for funding, whatever the size of your project.
  • We are especially keen (under the 'Getting Your Fishery Ready for Spring' theme) to receive proposals for quick, easily achievable projects, which, if successful, will win grants of up to £5,000. However, the judging panel also welcomes bigger projects, so long as they have strong arguments for need, quality of delivery and offer additional match-funding. Grants of up to £20,000 will be available to these larger projects.
  • 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. once the 

7. You will manage usage, record usage, how you will promote the improvements, and how you will maintain them.

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 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

Association of Rivers Trusts

River Restoration Centre

Canal and Rivers Trust

Institute of Fisheries Management 

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