Get Fishing Fund

This fund is now closed to applications. We expect the Get Fishing Fund to reopen towards the end of 2021.

Building on the successful launch of the Get Fishing Fund in December, the Environment Agency and Angling Trust have announced an additional £50,000 investment to encourage more people to give fishing a go for the first time in 2021.

The easing of lockdown restrictions in May 2020 led to a huge increase in popularity for angling as people sought the wellbeing benefits the sport can offer. The new buzz around fishing looks set to continue, with latest rod licence sales currently showing more than 900,000 people have bought or renewed their fishing licence since April 2020, with 100,000 new anglers taking up the sport. This additional income has allowed the Environment Agency to offer increased investment to support projects that will run safe angling participation events throughout 2021.

Funded from rod licence sales, grants of up to £2,500 are available to benefit angling based projects. The funding will help the delivery of angling participation events, including any additional equipment needed to ensure fisheries are following Covid-19 safety guidelines, PPE and signage. It can also cover the costs of fishing equipment, terminal tackle and bait, as well as event resources including promotional material, gazebos and basic storage facilities.

What is the Get Fishing Fund?

Please download our Get Fishing Fund Guidance Notes to find out more information about the fund and some useful tips on completing an application.

All applicants must first register their details and then submit an application using the online portal by clicking onto the link below, only applications submitted via this portal will be considered. (Please note: the Get Fishing Fund Application Form will be accessible once the Fund reopens later in the year).


For more information on coaching and courses visit In some circumstances, the Environment Agency may be able to provide bursaries for training new coaches.

Since 2015, fishing licence income has helped fund more than 500 angling projects worth an estimated £6 million, creating, or safeguarding tens of thousands of angling opportunities in England.

Get Fishing is the Angling Trust‘s campaign to grow participation in angling. Last year over 37,000 people had the opportunity to fish at hundreds of fun, safe and friendly events funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income.

Graeme Storey, Fisheries Manager for the Environment Agency, said:

“The Get Fishing Fund will support organisations to put on a range of fishing activities to encourage new anglers through the 2021 season. We are always looking for ways to support our angling community and the Environment Agency has invested £1.5 million of the additional income from this year’s licence sales back into projects that improve fisheries.

“The increased interest in fishing over the summer proves that people are not only rediscovering angling but more people are trying angling for the first time. We want to see this continue and hope that these new projects will encourage more people to give fishing a go.”

Clive Copeland, Head of Participation at the Angling Trust, added:

“We work with a great network of coaches, clubs and fisheries across the country which this fund will help but this also a fantastic opportunity for new partners to get involved in angling participation too.

“We’ve worked with the Environment Agency to make this a short, easy process and we’ve got friendly staff with lots of experience ready to help anyone who needs it.”