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)


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


Please note that only applications that contain all required information, as set out in this guidelines document can be considered for funding. A quality check of all applications will be undertaken to ensure compliance. Where applicants do not have all information they are advised to collate this information before making an application for funding.

Making an Application for Funding 2018

  • All applications must be made online via the online applications portal which can be accessed on https://ifi.smartsimple.ie/s_Login.jsp
  • Click here for staff login to online application portal
  • Information on all funds can be found in the Information Guide for Applicants Document. This provides information on what can be funded and what is required to make an application.
  • Information on how to use this portal can be found in the user manual.

Key Dates

  • Funding Calls Open 12th June 2018
  • Funding Call Closes 3pm on 11th July 2018
  • Funding Awarded End July

How to appeal a funding decision

What type of project is eligible under the Midland Fisheries Fund 2018?

  • Applications are considered 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.

2017 Successful Applications
Five angling development and conservation initiative projects were received in the Autumn funding call under the Midland Fisheries Fund of which three were awarded funding . This funding will help ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced into the future. Applicants must have paid a Midland Fisheries Group permit to be eligible for this fund.
Applications were invited from groups, associations, clubs or other appropriate bodies looking to improve Ireland’s fisheries resource. The closing date for applications to Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 2017 Funding Call was Friday, 13th of October 2017.
The projects receiving funding under the Midland Fisheries 2017 Funding Call are:

  • Calla, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe - Disability carpark and access point and new permanent fishing stand - Kilconnell Community Development Association Ltd (€6,810)


  • Tudenham Stream,  Rochfort Demense,  Mullingar, Westmeath - Tudenham Stream enhancement - Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€10,509)
  • Kilpatrick, Hopestown, Mullingar, County Westmeath - Kilpatrick Stream enhancement - Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€13,939)

Successful applicants - Link to Funding Portal
 pdfGrants Programmes Appeals Procedure (800 KB)

Useful Contacts & Links:

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Online Funding Portal Link:               https://ifi.smartsimple.ie/s_Login.jsp

Helpful Information Documents

Successful Applicants - Link to online Funding Portal


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Examples of IFI Funding Schemes

Other sources

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