Habitats & Conservation Funding Call 2021

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 has activated the Habitats and Conservation Funding Call for 2021. Grant funding is available to Inland Fisheries Ireland and to eligible third parties throughout the Republic of Ireland to support sustainable fisheries habitats and conservation. The fund is made up from licence and permit contributions.

Habitats & Conservation Fund

The Habitats and Conservation Funding Call 2021 includes the following schemes:

Midlands Fisheries Fund 2020 (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.

Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund (SSTRCPF) €1,000,000

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.).For more information about the Habitats and Conservation Funding Call 2021, an information booklet is available for download:

Funding Call Guide 2021
(1.28 MB)

All applicants must apply through an ‘Expression of Interest’ form on Inland Fisheries Ireland Grants Management Portal to progress to full application.  Full applications may be submitted until the closing date for applications on the 28th of January 2021.

Click on the apply tab for further resources and link to the Grants Management Portal to commence registration and application.

Key Dates

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

  • Funding call will be launched on 26th 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

If you are interested in applying for IFI funding it is advised to contact your local IFI office to discuss the most appropriate options. Applicants must complete an EOI on IFI’s grants management portal, a process which is open on a continuous basis all year round. The portal can be accessed by following this link. 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. A list of projects is provided below as a guideline.

Funding process diagram

Types of projects that can be considered trough the EOI process are but not limited to:

  • 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).

  • In-stream structures (weirs, deflectors, rubble mats, random boulders, etc.).

  • River Bank protection (soft engineering measures, log revetments, etc.).

  • Fencing (protection of river banks including fences, stiles, cattle drinkers, etc.).

  • Riparian zone improvement (selective tree pruning and strategic tree planting).

  • Removal/control of aquatic invasive species (e.g. Asian Clam, Chub, etc.).

  • Feasibility studies/development plans which lead to future projects under the above headings. To a maximum of 80% funding or €5,000 whichever is less).

  • Appropriate Assessment screening/other environmental reports for projects conserving Salmon/Sea trout may be funded to a maximum of €5,000.

  • Research to evaluate proposed river/habitat rehabilitation efficacy.

  • Assessment of status, monitoring of outcomes, funds will be available that will aid in the assessment of the status of either the salmon or sea trout stocks in threatened rivers and water bodies.

  • Provision of match funding to OPW/Local Authorities etc., where the objectives of the project satisfy the objectives of the Salmon and Sea trout scheme and governance, liability is assumed by the lead agency.

  • Projects that are of benefit to the Midland lakes anglers.

  • Angling promotion in the Midland lakes.

 

Guidance on Applying for Funding

If you are interested in becoming involved in a project it is advised to firstly discuss your project with Inland Fisheries Ireland, contact details are available for local offices on contact-us .

Applications are only accepted upon registration on the Web Portal Login where an initial expression of interest (EOI) can be submitted. Once the EOI is fully completed it can become your application for funding, you will be brought through this process by a dedicated project officer.

Information Booklets and link to Funding Web Portal

To find out more information about the funding available and obtain a ‘how to’ on the application process, follow the links below to access the relevant documents.

To obtain more information on the types of grants that are available, project requirements, contact information and assessment criteria, click on Funding Call Guide:

Funding Call Guide 2021 (1.28 MB)

Applications are only accepted via the online portal, so to help better understand the process of registering on the system, creating and submitting applications, click on the following User Guide and Instructions Video:

Finally when you are satisfied with the requirements for your proposed project, click on the Web Portal Login to begin with the Registration and Application process.

Web Portal Login

National Strategy for Angling Development Funding Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2020 funding call to support fisheries conservation and angling development projects. The funding has been granted to 21 projects in 10 counties.

Since 2016, the NSAD has supported 148 projects across the country with over 60% of projects completed at a value of €1.9m to date with the remaining projects in progress.

The 2020 projects will receive funding under the following funding schemes:

Midlands Fisheries Fund (€34,457)

This scheme focuses on conservation and rehabilitation projects in the midland fisheries permit area. The fund has been created through contributions from the permit income received via the Midlands Fisheries Group permit area.

NSAD Capital Grants Fund 2019 (€234,552)

This scheme is aimed specifically at capital improvement works with grants for groups and individuals looking to improve angling access and infrastructure in their locality.

Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund (€89,250)

This scheme focuses on the protection of both salmon and sea trout. It is funding rehabilitation, protection and conservation projects, all of which focus on salmon and/or sea trout.

The recipients of the 2020 Funding Call are:

Fund

Category

Organisation

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

 €     9,999

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

 €     6,783

MFF

Enhancement

Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association

Kilpatrick spawning stream enhancement development plan Co. Westmeath

 €     4,090

NSAD

Access

Cranmore Regeneration Project Office

Install accessible angling stands on the Garavogue River at Doorly Park, Sligo

 €   37,114

NSAD

Access

Ballymoe Angling Club

Waterway access slipway amenity area development on the River Suck at Ballymoe Co. Roscommon

 €     3,000

NSAD

Access

Inagh & District Anglers

Construction of new pier and access slipway at Clonmacon lake, Co. Clare.

 €   96,331

NSAD

Access

Leitrim County Council

Lough Bran angling and access improvement works, Co. Leitrim

 €   44,487

NSAD

Access

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Floating angling stand on Pallas Lake, Co. Offaly

 €   33,579

NSAD

Access

Croinalaoi

Feasibility and screening of access on River Lee at Carrignacurra, Inchigeelagh, Co. Cork

 €     8,635

NSAD

Access

Clonmel and District Anglers

Angling access ladders and pathway repairs on the River Suir, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

 €   11,406

If you are interested in applying for IFI funding it is advised to contact your local IFI office to discuss the most appropriate options. Expressions of Interest (EOI) for IFI funding are invited year round by clicking on the Web Portal Login. Organisations and individuals that are eligible to submit an EOI include all groups, associations, clubs, local authorities, licence holders or other appropriate bodies looking to improve our inland fisheries and sea angling resource and improve access to angling for all.

The types of projects that can be considered through the EOI process include:

  • Fisheries habitat enhancements

  • Bank side/shoreline access projects

  • Instream angling access projects

  • Angling equipment

  • Marketing and promotional projects for angling

  • Feasibility studies/environmental reports/fisheries development plans

Further information on the National Strategy for Angling Development (2016-2020) can be found by following this link.