Salmon Conservation Fund – 2015/16 Contributors Scheme

Who can apply?

Contributors to the Salmon Conservation Fund which may include angling clubs, commercial fishermen, fishery owners, riparian owners and landowners with an interest in a salmon fishery.  (Contributors are those who have purchased a salmon rod or commercial fishing licence in the relevant year).

What can be funded?

  • Fish passage improvement. (E.g. removal of barriers, modification of weirs, and construction of fish passes etc)
  • Spawning enhancement (addition/raking of gravel or cleaning of existing substrates)
  • Instream structures (weirs, deflectors, rubble mats, random boulders etc.)
  • River Bank protection (rock armour, log revetment etc.)
  • Fencing (protection of river banks including fences, stiles, cattle drinks etc.)
  • Riparian zone improvement (tree pruning and strategic tree planting)
  • Removal & control of exotic invasives (e.g. Rhododendron, Japanese knotweed, Asian Clam, Chub etc.)
  • Feasibility studies (which lead to future projects under the above headings to maximum of 50% funding or €2000 whichever is less). A maximum of five (5) studies only to be allowed.
  • A Screening for Appropriate Assessment, if required, may be funded to a maximum of €500. If this leads to a requirement for an Appropriate Assessment, 3 written quotes shall be required and may be funded at the discretion of IFI. 

Criteria for assessing projects

Projects will be screened initially by the IFI Director and those conservation projects deemed suitable will be forwarded to the Project Co-ordinator for further assessment. Projects will be presented to and assessed by an evaluation committee and scored on an 11 point scale as follows;

  1. Conservation Limit (0-2 pts.).
    Rivers below the CL scores 2 points. Rivers with a CL between 100%-120% scores 1 point.
    Rivers exceeding 120% of the CL scores 0.
  2. Water Quality (1-5pts)
    Based on the Q-Value a score of between 1-5 is allocated to the river.
    (A Q-value of 1 scores 1 point.  A Q-value of 5 scores 5 points)
  3. The maximum benefit of the project to the river (1-4)
    A score of between 1-4 is allocated to the maximum benefit of each project to the river. 

Amount of Funding Available

A total fund of €200,000 is available in 2016 for distribution to the contributor scheme.  Approved project applications may be fully or partly funded.  It is envisaged that the fund will be divided between a range of projects in a number of River Basin Districts to a guide of €15,000 per project.  (IFI applications are eligible to apply for funds exceeding this amount)

Application Process

  • Applications must be completed on the official 2015/2016 application form.
  • Applications must be returned to your local IFI office for pre-screening by the IFI Director.
  • IFI staff will liaise with the project promoters to ensure the project application is complete and conforms to the requirements of the scheme.
  • The IFI Director will then forward suitable applications, following pre-screening, to the Project Co-Ordinator.
  • Supporting information must be submitted along with official application form i.e. maps and photos of site, GPS coordinates, scientific recommendations, landowner agreements, NPWS approvals if required etc.;
  • Applicants must ensure arrangements are in place for public access to the fishery.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of interest/ownership/title to fishery.
  • Applicants must supply a valid tax clearance certificate, VAT or PPS number as appropriate.
  • Applicants must supply their Constitution or Memo and Articles of Association.
  • Inland Fisheries Ireland reserves the right to refuse any application.
  • Grant funding shall be for capital projects.  Labour/mileage in the form of own resources does not qualify for project expenditure but labour may be used as match funding.  Contracted labour (from registered C2 contractors) will qualify as eligible expenditure.  
  • The purchase of machinery/equipment shall not be funded (e.g. Mini-diggers, chainsaws, strimmers etc.) except in exceptional circumstances, in which case must be agreed in advance with the Project Co-ordinator.
  • Project proposals shall be inspected by Inland Fisheries Ireland staff prior to grant of any fund. 
  • Applications are only valid for the year of funding and must be resubmitted annually to receive any further consideration. 
  • 3 Quotations are required for all proposed expenditure of €500 and above.
  • Statutory and Landowner approvals to accompany application – e.g. Planning permission, OPW, NPWS etc. as appropriate. If your proposed project is situated within a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) you are required to obtain and submit relevant permissions from National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) prior to any works been undertaken.  If you are unsure check with your local NPWS office - http://www.npws.ie/media/npws/images/Contact_numbers.pdf

Closing date for applicants

Completed applications must be returned to Inland Fisheries Ireland by 31st March 2016.

Application forms

Drawdown of funds for successful applicants

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What insurances do i need to consider? +

    Insurance Requirements for Angling Clubs/Applicants 

    Each Angling Club/Applicant shall ensure that they shall effect and keep in force during the duration of the services at their own cost, with a reputable insurance company, such levels of insurance cover as may be required to meet its potential liabilities under this Agreement, which shall include, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing:

    Public/Product Liability Insurance with the minimum limit of indemnity being no less than €6,500,000 in respect of each and every occurrence, unlimited in the period of insurance but in the annual aggregate for Products Liability. This policy should also provide confirmation that the Public/Products liability policy provides cover for;

    1. Accidental Pollution. 
    2. Member to Member Liability. 
    3. A specific indemnity in favour of Inland Fisheries Ireland and landowners. 

    Employers Liability Insurance with the minimum limit of indemnity provided being no less than €13,000,000 in respect of each and every occurrence and unlimited in the period of insurance.

    This policy shall also provide confirmation that the Employers Liability policy;

                 (1) include a specific indemnity in favour of Inland Fisheries Ireland and landowners. 

     Insurance Requirements for Contractors 

    Each Angling Club/Applicant shall ensure that their Contractor(s) shall effect and keep in force during the duration of the services at their own cost, with a reputable insurance company, such levels of insurance cover as may be required to meet its potential liabilities under this Agreement, which shall include, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing: 

    • Public/Product Liability Insurance with the minimum limit of indemnity being no less than €6,500,000 in respect of each and every occurrence, unlimited in the period of insurance but in the annual aggregate for Products Liability. This policy should also provide confirmation that the Public/Products liability policy provides cover for accidental pollution. (Higher limit of indemnity may be required based on the specific project and the level of exposure).
    • Employers Liability Insurance with the minimum limit of indemnity provided being no less than €13,000,000 in respect of each and every occurrence and unlimited in the period of insurance. 
    • Contractors All Risks insurance to cover material loss or damage to the contract works with a sum insured for no less than the value of the contract.  
    • Professional Indemnity Insurance for those professionals who are providing design, plan or specification services for a fee, with the minimum limit of indemnity of €2 Million each and every occurrence. The cover to be maintained for a period of 6 years after the certification of completion of the services.   

    A specific indemnity should be provided on all Contractor(s) policies in favour of Inland Fisheries Ireland and the landowner).

    Each Angling Club/Applicant shall obtain and furnish confirmation to Inland Fisheries Ireland that the required relevant insurances are in place (from both the Applicant and Contractor), including the specific indemnity in favour of Inland Fisheries Ireland and landowners (for all policies) prior to the performance of any of the said services.

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  • How do I get landowner agreements? +

    You can find out the ownership of land through the land registry on www.landregistry.ie or through local knowledge. You must have consent from landowners prior to a funding application being submitted.  Proof of consent must be submitted on the relevant landowner agreement sheet accompanying the application form.  Written landowner consent is required if you need to cross someones land to gain access to the river and to ensure landowners are in agreement with the proposed works.

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  • Do i require fishing rights to carry out works on the river? +

    In general yes, title to the fishery may be in the form of a lease from Inland Fisheries Ireland, Coillte or the Electricity Supply Board.  Whatever the situation, land owner agreements must also be in place before works can proceed.

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  • How will i know if my project is within a designated site? +

    Designated sites can be classified as Natural Heritage Areas (NHA’s), Special Protected Areas (SPA’s), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s) or Natura 2000 site.  National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) provide a map viewer and project locator tool to outline where all the protected sites are within the country.  Use the following link to connect to the map viewer. http://webgis.npws.ie/npwsviewer/ .

    • Simply select the county and townland to view your project location on the map or use the zoom feature.
    • Turn on the layers list from the toolbar to show up any designated sites.
    • Any designated sites will show up as a series of coloured grids.
    • By selecting legend from the toolbar, you can distinguish the type of designated area identified.

    If the proposed project is within a coloured grid, the site is under protection by NPWS and you will need to contact National Parks and Wildlife Service and obtain the required permission before works can proceed.  All contact details for local wildlife officers are listed at this link. http://www.npws.ie/contactus/

    If this proposed project is in an SAC, NHA or SPA can I proceed without consulting National Parks and Wildlife Service? No
    All projects within the above areas must have a letter of authorisation from NPWS before submission.  It is advisable to use this map viewer before submitting any applications to IFI.

     

    If this proposed project is within a flood plain I need to consult the Office of Public Works (OPW) who are the lead agency for flood risk management in Ireland.

    Contact details for the OPW can be obtained from the following link http://www.opw.ie/media/OPW%20Telephone%20Directory.pdf

     

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  • How do I get a Tax Clearance Certificate? +

    TAX CLEARANCE CERT

    Assuming a customer's tax affairs are in order, the required application form for a Tax Clearance Certificate can be obtained from the Revenue Commissioners.  You must have a Tax Registration number before you can apply for a Tax Clearance Cert which is also obtained from your local tax office. 

    Angling Clubs will need to complete a registration form for voluntary non-profit making organisations available here:

    Registration form for voluntary non-profit making organisations.pdf

     

    and forward it to your local tax office.  You will be issued with a revenue registration number (tax number).  Once you have been issued with a registration number you can apply for a tax clearance certificate using form TC1 available below:

    Other applicants can also use form TC1 to apply for a Tax Clearance Certificate (assuming the applicant already has a PPS number, registration number etc.)

    Application forms can be downloaded here:

     Application for a Tax Clearance Certificate TC1.pdf

    TC1 application forms can be downloaded or completed on-line using the following weblink: http://www.revenue.ie/en/business/running/tax-clearance.html

     

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  • What else do i need to consider before applying for funding? +

    Before preparing my application i will need to consider

    • Who owns the fishing right of the fishery 
    • Do I require landowner permissions to access the site
    • I will require an Angling Club Constitution if I am an Angling club
    • I will require a Memo/Articles of Association if I am a Company
    • I will require a PPS number if I am an individual
    • Is the project within a designated site.  (SAC, NHA, SPA, Natura 2000)
    • Do I require permissions from ESB, OPW, NPWS or local Authority
    • a Minimum of 3 quotations will be require for all proposed expenditure exceeding €500.  (to ensure value for money is achieved)
    • A valid tax clearance certificate will be required by all applicants to ensure tax compliance
    • What insurances do I need to consider (i will also need to indemnify Inland Fisheries Ireland against any accident, losses, claims or liability arising from the proposed project)

    Health and Safety considerations

     

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  • What happens my application once it is lodged with IFI? +

    1. Inland Fisheries Ireland will acknowledge receipt of the application.  Each application shall be allocated a project reference number.  This reference number shall be used in all future correspondence relating to this project.  On receipt of applications each IFI Director shall review the application and assess the project in terms of its fit with the Salmon Conservation Fund Scheme. This may involve a site visit and/or discussions with the project promoter.
    2. Once the assessment is complete the IFI Director makes a recommendation on the project either ‘accepting for evaluation’ or ‘rejecting with reasons for same’.
    3. If the contributor application is rejected, you will be advised with reasons for its unsuitability by the IFI Director and recommendations for changes/improvements may be given.
    4. If the application is accepted and complete with all supporting documentation in place (including tax clearance cert, landowner permissions, IFI/NPWS/OPW/P.P. approvals etc.) the applications will be forwarded for assessment to an evaluation committee and forwarded to the Management Committee for final approval. 
    5. Letters of offer/regret will be circulated to all applicants following final approval (ideally this will be the end April or early May so works can commence from May/June onwards.  
    6. The letter of offer will be made up of a contractual agreement between IFI and the Project Promoter.  There shall be 2 copies of this agreement circulated to each project promoter for signing, one to be retained by the promoter and the other by IFI along with a Section 59 Authorisation of the Fisheries Act 2010’ permitting instream works. 

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  • What are the deadlines for submitting an application to the Fund? +

    The application process for 2016 is open with applications to be received by Thursday 31st March 2016.


     

     

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  • Where do I submit my application to? +

    Completed 'Contributor Application Forms' shall be returned to your local IFI office for the attention of the IFI Director. Addresses are given below:
     
    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland - Dublin,
    3044 Lake Drive,
    Citywest Business Campus,
    D24 Y265.

     

     

    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland – Clonmel,
    Anglesea Street,
    Clonmel,
    Co. Tipperary, E91 RD25.

     

    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland - Macroom,
    Sunnyside House,
    Macroom,
    Co. Cork, P12 X602.

     

    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland – Limerick,
    Ashbourne Business Park,
    Dock Road,
    Limerick, V94 NPEO.

     

    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland- Galway,
    Teach Breac,
    Earl's Island, 
    Galway, H91 K6D2.

     

    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland – Ballina,
    Ardnaree House,
    Abbey Street, Ballina,
    Co. Mayo, F26 NN97.

     

    Salmon Conservation Fund,
    Inland Fisheries Ireland – Ballyshannon,
    Station Road,
    Ballyshannon,
    Co. Donegal, F94 WV76.

     
     

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  • Amount of funding available? +

    It is envisaged that the fund will be divided between a range of contributor projects to a guide of €15,000 per project.  Larger scale projects will be considered which are submitted by IFI.

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  • Criteria for assessing projects? +

    Projects that have been approved by the IFI Director will be assessed by the evaluation committee.
    Projects will be assessed and scored on an 11 point scale as follows;


    1.  Conservation Limit (0-2 pts.).
         Rivers below the CL scores 2 points.
         Rivers with a CL between 100%-120% scores 1 point.
         Rivers exceeding 120% of the CL scores 0.2. 

    2. Water Quality (1-5pts)
        Based on the Q-Value a score of between 1-5 is allocated to the river.
        (A Q-value of 1 scores 1 point.  A Q-value of 5 scores 5 points).

    3.  The maximum benefit of the project to the river (1-4)
         A score of between 1-4 is allocated to the maximum benefit of each project to the river. 

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  • Who can apply? +

    Contributors to the Salmon Conservation Fund which may include angling clubs, commercial fishermen and fishery owners with an interest in a salmon fishery and who have purchased a salmon angling or commercial fishing licence.

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  • What qualifies for funding under the Salmon Conservation Fund? +

    • Fish passage improvement. (E.g. removal of barriers, modification of weirs, and construction of fish passes etc)
    • Spawning enhancement (addition/raking of gravel or cleaning of existing substrates)
    • Instream structures (weirs, deflectors, rubble mats, random boulders etc.)
    • River Bank protection (rock armour, log revetment etc.)
    • Fencing (protection of river banks including fences, stiles, cattle drinks etc.)
    • Riparian zone improvement (tree pruning and strategic tree planting)
    • Removal & control of exotic invasives (e.g. Rhododendron, Japanese knotweed, Asian Clam, Chub etc.)
    • Feasibility studies (which lead to future projects under the above headings to maximum of 50% funding or €2000 whichever is less)
    • A Screening for Appropriate Assessment, if required, may be funded to a maximum of €500. If this leads to a requirement for an Appropriate Assessment, 3 written quotes shall be required and may be funded at the discretion of IFI.      
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