Get Fishing Fund

£100,000 to benefit new anglers

The Environment Agency and Angling Trust have announced a new £100,000 ‘Get Fishing Fund’ to encourage more people to give fishing a go for the first time or get back into angling after a break from the sport.

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 this year, 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 £500 to benefit small-scale projects and up to £5,000 for larger projects are available. The funding will help the delivery of future 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.

Which Get Fishing Fund is right for you?

Please download our Get Fishing Fund Guidance Notes (below) to find out which is the right application process for you or your organisation to follow.

Grants of up to £500 are available to benefit small-scale projects: Please read the guidance notes before applying

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to benefit large-scale projects: Please read the guidance notes before applying

Funding is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 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:


The closing date for bids is Friday 12th March 2021.

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 £1.5M 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.”