Press Release

IFI launches its €30,000 Sponsorship Programme for 2024

  • Sustainable angling tourism in rural areas, and novice angler initiatives, remain top priorities for funding in 2024
  • 71 initiatives sponsored by IFI in 2023

Thursday, December 21st, 2023: Inland Fisheries Ireland has announced details of its €30k Sponsorship Programme for 2024.

The programme is one of the main funding mechanisms used by Inland Fisheries Ireland(IFI) to promote sustainable angling in Ireland.

IFI invested in 71 angling events and initiatives across Ireland in 2023 including national or international competitions and festivals, coaching and juvenile outreach events, public awareness events, supporting international teams competing overseas, and other angling-related initiatives.

Sponsorship Programme for 2024

Newport Sea Angling Club junior members get ready to fish

The fund will have a particular focus on promoting sustainable angling tourism in rural areas while also supporting initiatives aimed at beginners and young anglers.

Launching the 2024 call, Suzanne Campion Head of Finance and Corporate Services at IFI said: “We have the unique opportunity through the IFI Sponsorship Programme to support a driver of rural economic growth, to assist those who wish to go fishing for the first time, and to highlight the importance of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable recreational fishing.

“Angling can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities, and one beginner’s fishing trip can turn into a lifetime recreational pursuit.”

Angling clubs, groups and associations nationwide are now invited to apply for sponsorship funding before the January 19th 2024 application deadline. Requests for equipment, staff support and biosecurity assistance can be made to IFI throughout the year.

Sponsorship Programme for 2024

Boats preparing to fish at the King of the Lake on Lough Ree

Examples of teams, competitions and events that were awarded sponsorship by IFI in 2023 include:

  • The National Junior Boat Fishing Competition, hosted by Newport Sea Angling Club in Mayo
  • Lough Ree ‘King of the Lake’ International Pike Festival
  • The World Club Feeder Championships at Lough Muckno, Co. Monaghan
  • Development days and coaching programmes held by fishing clubs nationwide
  • The Rosslare Small Boats Festival in Wexford
  • Irish youth international teams competing at Home Nations and World Championships in the Netherlands, Wales and Portugal.

Over 327,000 adults in Ireland ‘go fishing’ (Ipsos/MRBI*), while 18% of adults in Ireland that had never been fishing before said that they are “likely” to try angling in the future (Amárach Research**).

Application details is available on the IFI Sponsorship Programme.