Community Groups and Angling Clubs are invited to apply for over €1 million in Fisheries Funding

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Media Release

 

Community Groups and Angling Clubs are invited to apply for over €1 million in Fisheries Funding

 

Inland Fisheries Ireland launches Habitats and Conservation Funding Call 2021

 

Friday, 27th of November 2020: Since 2016, a value in excess of €4 million has been awarded by Inland Fisheries Ireland to over 200 projects across the country. Inland Fisheries Ireland will be opening a new funding round which is available to eligible* community groups and angling clubs throughout the Republic of Ireland. The grant funding will be available to sustainable fisheries conservation and development projects with over €1 million announced today.

Expression of interests (EOI): In the first instance, applicants must complete an EOI on IFI’s grants management portal, a process which is open on a continuous basis all year round. Once the EOI is successfully completed, applicants can further develop their application on the grants management portal through appropriate engagement with IFI and specific requirements to your proposal. EOI’s are invited from angling clubs, fishery owners, local development associations, local authorities, tidy towns and others who may be looking to carry out relevant projects.

Riparian management at the Glenamurra River Delphi Co. Mayo

Riparian management at the Glenamurra River Delphi Co. Mayo

The 2021 funding call consists of two schemes made up of angler contributions to both funds.

  • The Midlands Fisheries Fund (MFF) (€50,000)

This scheme focuses on sustainable development works in the midland fisheries permit area. The fund has been created through contributions from the permit income received via the Midlands Fisheries Group permit. Projects which will be eligible to receive support will improve fish habitats in a sustainable manner (e.g. habitat enhancement, control of exotic species etc.). New to the fund this year will be funding for projects that will benefit anglers and promote angling.

  • The Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund (SSTRCPF) (€1 Million)

The aim of this fund is to rehabilitate, protect and conserve Salmon and Sea Trout and their habitats. This year, funding will be available for habitat rehabilitation and conservation projects only (e.g. fish passage improvement, spawning enhancement, instream and bank protection, fencing, the removal and control of invasive species, etc.).

*To be eligible, applicants will have to have had contributed to the relevant fund through the purchasing of a Midland Fisheries Fund permit or a Salmon and Sea Trout angling or commercial licence.

 

Key Dates

The following timeline will be in place for the duration of the 2021 call:

  • Funding call will be launched on 27th November 2020
  • Completed EOI’s can transfer to full applications from the 30th of November then applications can be further developed
  • Full applications must be submitted before 1730hrs on 28th January 2021
  • Decisions on applications and grants will be announced in May 2021

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We are committed to realising the potential of the fisheries resource from a social and economic perspective but also to protecting it for future generations to enjoy. Interested groups are invited to get in touch with us for further information with guidance available throughout the application process.”

For more information about the Habitats and Conservation Funding Call 2021, an information booklet is available for download, please visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/funding. All applicants must apply through an ‘Expression of Interest’ form to progress to full application.  Full applications may be submitted until the closing date for applications on the 28th of January 2021.

The recipients of the 2020 funding call grants for the SSTCPF and MFF Schemes were:

Fund

Category

Grantee

Project Description

Grant Award

SCF

Enhancement

Ormond Anglers Association

Habitat improvement plan for sections of Nenagh/Ollatrim River, Co. Tipperary

€   5,000

SCF

Enhancement

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Bank revetments and riparian management on the River Suir at Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary

€ 18,000

SCF

Enhancement

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Bank revetments and repairs on Thonoge River at Ballylooby, Co. Tipperary

€ 21,527

SCF

Enhancement

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Riparian development plan for a section of the River Suir at Beakstown, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

€   2,781

SCF

Enhancement

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Riparian enhancement project on section of the River Suir at Templemore, Co. Tipperary

€ 18,000

SCF

Enhancement

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Environmental reports to support remedial work on a section of the River Erkina, Rathdowney, Co. Laois

€   5,000

SCF

Enhancement

Bangor Angling Club

River rehabilitation work on the Glenturk and Owenmore fisheries, Co. Mayo

€ 14,964

SCF

Enhancement

Bandon Angling Association

Salmon habitat assessment of Cullenagh Lake Tributary, Bandon River, Co. Cork

€   3,936

MFF

Enhancement

Lough Derravargh Angling Club

Yellow River Enhancement project phase 2, Co Westmeath

€ 11,999

MFF

Enhancement

Salmon & Sea Trout Recreational Anglers Ireland (SSTRAI)

Ballynacarrig River enhancement works phase 1, Co Laois

€   7,134

MFF

Enhancement

Salmon & Sea Trout Recreational Anglers Ireland (SSTRAI)

Silver River (Kilcormac) River enhancement development plan - Phase 2 Co. Offaly

€   6,452

MFF

Enhancement

Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association

Design and screening for river enhancement Ennell streams Co. Westmeath

€   6,079

MFF

Enhancement

Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association

Kilpatrick spawning stream enhancement development plan Co. Westmeath

€   3,884

ENDS

 

For media information:

Sadhbh O’Neill

Communications Assistant

Inland Fisheries Ireland

E: sadhbh.oneill@fisheriesireland.ie  

T: 01 8842632/ 087 101 9998

About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.