The Get Fishing Fund
Funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income
Get Fishing Fund
The Get Fishing Fund is now open to applications until Friday 8th December 2023.
Building on the successful launch of the Get Fishing Fund in December 2020, the Environment Agency and Angling Trust is pleased to announce an additional £200,000 investment to encourage more people to give fishing a go for the first time in 2023.
Funded from fishing licence sales, grants of up to £2,500 are available to benefit angling-based projects. The funding could be used to help purchase equipment, fishing tackle and resources to run fishing events and activities to give people the opportunity to get into fishing.
Clive Copeland, Head of Participation at the Angling Trust, said:
“For any organisation that might not have considered including angling in their offer, a grant of this size can go a long way. Since the launch of the Get Fishing Fund, we’ve seen the fantastic impact that even the smallest amount of money has had on enabling community organisations get more people fishing.”
Heidi Stone, Fisheries Partnerships Manager at the Environment Agency, added:
“Spending time on the bank provides a welcome tonic from the many pressures of life right now. We know that fishing has a huge appeal – and it’s easy to get started. The Get Fishing Fund is a brilliant way to help more people from many different backgrounds discover what fishing is all about.”
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 the link below.
Only applications submitted via this portal will be considered.
The deadline for applications is Friday 8th December 2023.
For more information on coaching and courses visit www.anglingtrust.net/get-involved/coaching. In some circumstances, the Environment Agency may be able to provide bursaries for training new coaches.
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 fishing 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 2023.
Since its launch in 2020, the Get Fishing Fund has already supported over 200 nationwide. This has seen over £300,000 of fishing licence income invested in helping create more opportunities for people to get fishing.
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. Annually, the Get Fishing campaign introduces over 30,000 people to angling at hundreds of fun, safe and friendly events funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income.