Midland Fisheries Fund

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has recognised the key role angling clubs play in the area of fisheries development and angling tourism. It has identified the empowerment of its stakeholders as a key objective and has designed its programmes to ensure that stakeholders are facilitated and partnered to assist in the strategic development of fisheries and angling developments.

The Midland Fisheries Fund is a sustainable funding mechanism through which angling clubs and organisations can access funding to undertake sustainable development works in the Midland Fisheries Group permit area. The fund has been created through angler contributions set-a-side from the Permit Income received by IFI in the Midlands Fisheries Group permit area. 

The Scheme is called the Midland Fisheries Sustainable Development Fund (MFF)


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

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.

Applicants must have paid a Midland Fisheries Group permit to be eligible for this fund.

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, Macroom,

Co. Cork

Thursday 31st August 2017


Maldron Hotel

Southern Ring Road, Roxboro, Limerick

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. Westmeath

Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st September 2017

All Day

Ploughing Championship


Tullamore, 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


What type of project can I apply for under the Midland Fisheries Fund?

Applications are invited for the following project types:

  • Development of access and other infrastructure for angling (including disabled access).

  • Development of the angling product in agreement with IFI Business Development.

  • Development that focuses on providing facilities for those engaged in angling.(eg Toilet)

  • Training that develops and enhances angling capacity.

  • 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 (soft engineering measures, 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 invasive species (e.g. Rhododendron, Japanese knotweed, Asian Clam, Chub etc.)

  • Feasibility studies/ development plans (which lead to future projects under the above headings to maximum of 80% funding or €2000 whichever is less). A maximum of five (5) studies only to be allowed.

  • Screening for Appropriate Assessment, to a maximum of €500.  If this leads to a requirement for an Appropriate Assessment, three written quotes shall be required and may be funded at the discretion of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

  • Angling marketing plan for the area, marketing and promotional angling literature, attendance at angling shows, angling event organisation, advertising angling. These activities to a maximum €2000. A group application on the basis of a marketing plan and associated activities could be considered.