Funding for fisheries projects

Funding is available to anglers and other fisheries interests for development projects and other sponsorship initiatives through a number of avenues. These include Inland Fisheries Ireland programmes, Waterway's Ireland funding, Heritage scheme grants etc

Inland Fisheries Ireland runs a number of funding programmes each year. These relate to funds accumulated through the sales of salmon licences (Conservation Fund), Midland Fisheries Group permits and the annual Sponsorship Programme. Full details of these programmes will be published here each year.

Current funding programmes

Inland Fisheries Ireland – Sponsorship Programme 2018 is currently open for applications.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) may, at its discretion and depending on the availability of resources, provide support to groups, associations, clubs or other appropriate bodies to assist with Events which meet the aims of the IFI Sponsorship Programme.

Eligible events and categories for 2018 are as follows:

  • Large international competitions held in Ireland which showcase Ireland’s angling and contribute to local economies, supporting jobs and businesses.  Maximum of €3000 per event applies.
  • Novice angler events & training courses which increase participation in angling. Minimum of 20 novice angler participants required. Maximum of €500 per event/course applies.
  • Information dissemination / initiatives to promote fisheries awareness / conservation and protection of the inland fisheries and sea angling resource e.g. seminars / coaching / training / workshops etc.  Maximum of €500 per event applies.
  • Funding of transport hire for participants to facilitate attendance at novice angler events. Maximum of €500 per event applies.
  • The provision and transport of farmed trout for novice angler events. Maximum of one stocking per applicant/fishery per year to the value of €500.
  • Angling teams representing Ireland at international events both home and abroad. Maximum of €500 per team.

For the purposes of the support material and sponsorship application form, Event is used to describe any appropriate inland fisheries, recreational angling, education and awareness or other appropriate event, competition, item, initiative etc. as described  above.

For information on how to apply and all terms and conditions see: Sponsorship Programme

Funding schemes 2017

Inland Fisheries Ireland Funding Call 2017

A new funding call has been announced by Inland Fisheries Ireland for angling projects and conservation initiatives. The funding call, which consists of three separate funding streams, will help ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced into the future.

The Inland Fisheries Ireland Funding Call 2017 is made up of the following funds:

Applications are invited from groups, associations, clubs, local authorities or other appropriate bodies looking to improve Ireland’s fisheries resource.

The closing date for applications to Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 2017 Funding Call is Friday, 13th of October 2017.

Eligible Projects for Funding

Projects completed as a result of this funding scheme will help contribute to the delivery of an accessible and sustainable, world class inland fisheries resource for all.  Projects which will be supported include:

  • Habitat enhancement
  • Bank side / shorelines access projects
  • Instream angling access projects
  • Angling equipment
  • Marketing and promotional projects for angling
  • Funding for undertaking feasibility studies / fisheries development plans
  • Match funding for larger projects to be funded from other sources that contribute to achieving the objectives of the National Strategy for Angling Development.

For more information:

Regional Information Workshops

Inland Fisheries Ireland will host Regional Information Workshops to give more information and guidance around the new Funding Call and how to use the new online portal to make your application. Members of the public are invited to attend as follows:

Date and Time



Tuesday 29th August 2017


Clonmel Park Hotel


Co. Tipperary

Wednesday 30th August


Castle Hotel

Main St,


Co. Cork

Thursday 31st August 2017


Maldron Hotel

Southern Ring Road,



Monday 04th September 2017


CityNorth Hotel

& Conference Centre


Co. Meath

Tuesday 05th September 2017


Great National Hotel

N26 Dublin Rd,


Co. Mayo

Wednesday 06th September 2017


Menlo Park Hotel

Headford Rd,

Co. Galway

Tuesday 12th September 2017


Harvey's Point Country Hotel

Lough Eske,

Donegal Town

Thursday 14th September 2017


Athlone Springs Hotel

Monksland, Athlone, Co. Roscommon

Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st September 2017

All Day

National Ploughing Championships



Co. Offaly


Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., indicating which workshop you will be attending along with your name and contact details.

Important Information Documents




Click here for staff login to funding applications

Examples of IFI Funding Schemes

Other sources

Please visit the websites of the other funding bodies for the latest information regarding their schemes.