Inland Fisheries Ireland – Sponsorship Programme 2018

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.

Aims of the IFI Sponsorship Programme

The IFI Sponsorship Programme aims to increase awareness of IFI, its work, recreational angling in Ireland and the inland fisheries resource. IFI may support events on the basis of:

  • Location and nature of the Event;
  • Potential of the Event to introduce new users to angling in an active capacity, i.e. not just as spectators;
  • Education/Increased awareness/Empowerment of stakeholders in the areas of recreational angling/environmental/commercial fisheries/habitat issues;
  • Development of non-established Events; Support of established events
  • Increased participation in National & International Events for Juvenile/Female/ anglers of disability.
  • Distribution of sponsorship across all angling disciplines and all River Basin Districts in equal proportions;
  • Promotion of equal opportunities events.
  • Promotion of Events that can draw large numbers/repeat visits of angling participants to rural areas

Children and Vulnerable Adults

Event organisers should follow the guidance in relation to dealing with children and vulnerable adults provided by the Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011 (issued by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs) and the IFI Child Protection Policy.

Forms of Support Available

Financial support subject to maximum limits set out above and budget.
Staff, equipment loan and location supports are subject to availability.

IFI will not support:

  • The provision of hospitality, where the hospitality is the central or core aspect to the support sought from IFI;
  • Events where the primary function of the Event is fund-raising;
  • Prize money.

How to apply

  • Read the terms and conditions as outlined below.
  • Complete the online Application form (this form must be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved while partially completed for amending at a later time)
  • Following receipt of your application form you may be asked for further documentation (e.g. consent forms for photography of u18s, insurance forms, tax clearance certificates) 
  • If further documentation is requested please forward to:
    Shirley O’Mahony (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Inland Fisheries Ireland, Anglesea Street, Clonmel, E91 RD25, Ireland.

Sponsorship Application Form

The Application Form is designed to ensure that IFI has the necessary information to evaluate the application.

Submission Deadline

All applicants for financial support must complete and submit the online Sponsorship Application before January 22nd, 2018. Applications will not be assessed until AFTER the submission closing dates. Applications for non-financial support can be submitted at any time.

Late or incomplete application forms will not be assessed. It is the responsibility of the person/organisation seeking support to ensure the application is received in time to meet the deadline. There is no automatic entitlement to support from IFI. IFI’s decision is final.

Freedom of Information

IFI is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and therefore has to consider any request made to it under that Act.
If you consider that any part of your application would be subject to any of the statutory exclusions under that Act please so indicate in your application, specifying under which exemption you believe the content should be excluded.

Data Protection

All information received by IFI will be maintained subject to the requirements of the Data Protection Acts.

Health and Safety

The Event Organisers must adhere to all the relevant Health and Safety Legislation and carry out all necessary risk assessments, checks and procedures to safeguard the Event participants and spectators.  For example, Life Jackets must be worn by all participants where required by law.

Change of Dates

In awarding sponsorship support, IFI may require event organisers to change the event dates, where congestion occurs or to provide for better clustering of complimentary activities i.e. dates of events changed to maximise spread of angling activity/opportunity.

Sponsorship Criteria

Angling Event Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria and assigned a score with support assigned to the highest scoring Events. Only Events which meet the essential criteria will be considered.


International Events held in Ireland

National Events & Novice Angler Events

  • Organised by an Angling Federation/National Body/Other;
  • Majority of participants from overseas;
  • Is an equal opportunities event;
  • Be a recreational angling event on waters under the remit of IFI or raise awareness of the commercial use of inland fisheries;
  • Give due regard for the environment, ecology and biodiversity of the waters by
  • a) implementing the principles of Leave No Trace’ and
    b) ensuring that bio-security measures are in place in line with IFI recommendations;
  • Have public liability insurance and insurance that indemnifies IFI against claim.
  • Fish welfare initiatives/catch and release are promoted and practiced.
  • A business case is submitted that details the socio-economic benefits of the event.
  • Organised by local clubs/organisations;

 Local event;

  • Must be open to non-club members;
  • Is an equal opportunities event;
  • Be a recreational angling event on waters under the remit of IFI or raise awareness of the commercial use of inland fisheries;
  • Attract new anglers in an active capacity and not just as spectators;
  • Give due regard for the environment, ecology and biodiversity of the waters by
  • a) implementing the principles of Leave No Trace’ and
    b) ensuring that bio-security measures are in place in line with IFI recommendations;
  • Have public liability insurance and insurance which indemnifies IFI against claim.
  • Fish welfare initiatives/catch and release are promoted and practiced.

IFI will not support any competition where the results/scoring system necessitates the killing of fish.

Post Event Evaluation

The organisers of the Event are required to submit an IFI Event Report Form with detailed accounts of angling returns (where applicable), press cuttings, photographs, details of participation and attendance. Events/organisers who do not return completed report forms to IFI as required will be deemed ineligible for future sponsorship funding.

Photography

Any photographs taken at the Event by or on behalf of IFI or provided by the Event Organisers may be used in IFI publications, Facebook or website etc. Events that include children aged under 18 must seek the written permission of parents/guardians to take photographs and must inform them for what purpose the images will be used.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA

Development of non-established Events

Where possible, support will be assigned to assist with the development of new Events which provide additional opportunities to attract more users to recreational angling.

Leave No Trace initiatives

The Leave No Trace programme is designed to help outdoor enthusiasts to value the natural environment, to understand the impact of their activities and to enable them to make decisions to minimise that impact while still enjoying their activities with freedom.

The seven principles of Leave No Trace are:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Be Considerate of Others
  • Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
  • Leave What You Find
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Minimise the Effects of Fire

Events should be organised with due consideration to Leave No Trace where applicable. For more information on Leave No Trace see http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/

Evaluation and Notification

  • IFI will evaluate all submissions in line with evaluation criteria set out in the National Strategy for Angling Development  after the closing date and advise applicants of each outcome in writing.
  • If sponsorship is approved, the applicant will be sent a Letter of Offer containing the conditions of sponsorship which must be signed and returned.
  • If sponsorship is not approved, the applicant will be advised.

Insurance

IFI strives to manage risk associated with events taking place on fisheries in its care. To ensure that event organisers have appropriately assessed the risk associated with their event on IFI fisheries, IFI has divided events into two categories each with different insurance verification standards;

Category 1 (LOW Risk) Events

This category includes events:

  • Where any water based activity is appropriately equipped using qualified personnel at the appropriate supervisor-to-participant ratios (as deemed by the sports organising authority);
  • From accredited or suitable applicants, i.e., a constituted club or organisation with a history of running similar activities or event organisers / supervisors who are accredited in the activity proposed and have ongoing insurance.

Category 1 events may be required to submit the name of their insurance company, the policy number and date of expiry.

Category 2 (HIGH Risk) Events

This category focuses on events which include water activity which;

  • Is predominately motor-powered;
  • Has a multiple number of waterside or waterway activities within the event; and/or
  • Is organised by an ad-hoc committee.

Category 2 events must have their insurance company complete an Insurance Verification Form and return it for verification by an independent insurance assessor.
Powered events are considered to be those where the engine used in the craft exceeds 10hp.

The insurance verification process must be completed a minimum of three weeks before the event takes place.

Conditions of Support

The conditions of support may include some or all of the following:

  • that IFI and the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) must be acknowledged in all promotional material; other schemes involving IFI support will also be acknowledged where applicable (Dublin Angling Initiative; Angling for Youth Development Ireland; Midland Fisheries Fund; Salmon Conservation Fund etc.);
  • the location of the event and GPS location be advised for inclusion in event mapping and calendars;
  • that all material associated with the Event must display the IFI corporate identity and NSAD logo in a prominent position; identifying  logos for other schemes involving IFI support will also be displayed where applicable (Dublin Angling Initiative; Angling for Youth Development Ireland; Midland Fisheries Fund; Salmon Conservation Fund etc.);
  • that IFI may use any details / reports about the event and photographs taken at the Event or supplied by the Event Organisers in printed materials and on the IFI website, Facebook page etc.;
  • that IFI approve of all related designs and layouts;
  • that the Event be titled the “IFI (Event Name)” and that it be referred to as such in all promotional material , individual arrangements may be agreed;
  • that ‘supported by IFI through the National Strategy for Angling Development’ be included in all advertising, literature
  • that the Event insurance is deemed adequate by the IFI insurance company, angling clubs may be asked to provide a copy of their insurance documentation as proof;
  • that a profit & loss account for the Event be submitted;
  • that a Tax Clearance Certificate or letter from the relevant Tax Authority is submitted (where total payments to the particular individual/organisation may exceed €10,000) in the tax year. 
  • that fish welfare initiatives/catch and release are promoted and practiced. IFI will not support any competition where the results/scoring system necessitates the killing of fish;
  • that advice in relation to improving biosecurity arrangements will be adopted;
  • that an IFI Event Report Form be completed and returned to IFI within a fortnight of the event taking place. Where an Event organiser does not complete and return the relevant report forms that event/organiser may be ineligible for future sponsorship;
  • that event organisers may be required to assist/facilitate IFI in conducting participant surveys at their events;
  • that in order to minimise impacts on the environment the seven ‘Leave No Trace’ principles be adhered to for the duration of the event. For more information on Leave No Trace see http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/
  • Conditions as deemed necessary for the particular event.

In awarding sponsorship support, IFI may require that events be clustered, i.e. dates of events changed to maximise use of resources or ensure sufficient resources.

Acceptance of Sponsorship Offer

Applicants must confirm that they accept the offer of sponsorship and agree to the conditions of sponsorship by signing a document which will be sent to the Event Organisers with the Letter of Offer.

In order to claim any financial sponsorship awarded, event organisers will be required to invoice IFI. IFI will NOT be able to issue payment until such an invoice has been received. Payment will be by electronic transfer only and bank IBAN and BIC details must be provided,

In order to claim a sponsorship award, all invoices and supporting documentation must be submitted to Inland Fisheries Ireland before December 1st, 2018, otherwise financial support may be forfeited.

If the conditions of sponsorship are not adhered to, IFI has the right to withhold or seek to recover all or part of the support provided.
Applications will not be assessed until AFTER the submission closing date of January 22nd 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be assessed.

If you would like this information in large print or other formats, please contact:

Shirley O’Mahony - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Inland Fisheries Ireland,
Anglesea Street,
Clonmel,
E91 RD25,
Ireland.