Habitats & Conservation Funding Call 2022

Since 2016, a value in excess of €5 million has been awarded by Inland Fisheries Ireland to over 250 projects across the country.

Inland Fisheries Ireland has activated the Habitats and Conservation Funding Call for 2022. 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 2022 includes the following schemes:

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.

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 2022, an information booklet is available for download:

Habitats and Conservation Funding Call Guide 2022
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As part of a new two-step process, all applicants must firstly complete an ‘Expression of Interest’ application on Inland Fisheries Ireland’s online grant management portal before 5:30pm on Friday, December 17th 2021. After the expression of interest has been completed, full applications must then be submitted to Inland Fisheries Ireland via the online grant management portal by 5:30pm on Friday, January 28th, 2022.

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 09th November 2021

  • Completed EOI’s can only transfer to full applications until the 17th of December, No EOI's will be accepted for 2022 funding after this date

  • Full applications must be developed from the EOI and submitted before 1730hrs on 28th January 2022

  • Decisions on applications and grants will be announced in May 2022

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 the link below. 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.

Apply for Habitats & Conservation Funding 2022

Click on the link to access the online grant management portal and submit an expression of interest or application

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).

  • 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.).

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

  • River Bank protection (soft engineering measures, log revetments, 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 be developed into a full application for 2022 funding.

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 above.

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

Habitats and Conservation Funding Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2021 funding call to support fisheries conservation and angling development projects. The funding has been granted to 18 projects in 10 counties.

The 2021 projects will receive funding under the following funding schemes:

 

Midlands Fisheries Fund (€41,278)

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.

 

Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund (€744,326)

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 2021 funding call grants for the SSTCPF and MFF Schemes were:

Fund

Grantee

 

County/Counties

Project Description

Grant Award

SCF

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Co. Kilkenny

Brett's Weir - Construction Stage for a Rock Ramp Fish Pass

€120,000.00

SCF

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Co. Laois

Remedial work on a section of the River Erkina, Rathdowney, Co. Laois

€24,000.00

SCF

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Co. Mayo

Establishing the sea temperature regime utilised by sea trout in Irish waters

€40,000.00

SCF

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Co. Galway

Dawros River Catchment Management Plan

€30,000.00

SCF

Kilbarry Angling Club

Co. Cork

Kilbarry Salmon Fishery Bank Erosion Protection

€17,500.00

SCF

Kilbarry Angling Club

Co. Cork

Improvement Works (Soft Engineering Willow and repair of Stone Footing) River Blackwater Kilbarry Salmon Fishery

€48,000.00

SCF

Glenville and Kildinan Trout Anglers Association

Co. Cork

Glenville and Kildinan Trout Anglers enhancement and remedial works project

€56,000.00

SCF

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Co. Limerick

Askeaton Weir Complex Fish Passage Development Plan

€105,000.00

SCF

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Co. Wexford

Hire of Consultant Engineer for the Weir Removal at the Still Pond

€30,000.00

SCF

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Co. Carlow

Ballynacarrig River enhancement works phase 1

€100,000.00

SCF

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Co. Galway

Clare River System Development 2020-2021

€82,000.00

SCF

West Limerick Deel Anglers

Co. Limerick

Riddlestown Stream Rehabilitation

€10,000.00

SCF

East Wicklow Rivers Trust

Co. Wicklow

Wicklow Fish barrier removal project

€50,000.00

SCF

Rosses Anglers Association

Co. Donegal

Craghy/Dungloe stream habitat improvements.

€16,826.00

SCF

East Mayo Anglers Association

Co. Mayo

5 Year Development Plan for East Mayo Anglers Association

€15,000.00

MFF

Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association

Co. Westmeath

Dysart fencing / water quality improvement project

 €15,000.00

MFF

Lake O’ Flynn & District Angling Association

Co. Roscommon

Planning for in stream enhancement - Upper River Suck

 €11,500.00

MFF

Fore Heritage and Amenity Group

Co. Westmeath

Fencing / water quality protection, Glore River at Fore

 €14,777.97

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

  • 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

Sample Letter of Offer and Funding Agreement
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Appeals Procedure – Inland Fisheries Ireland Grants Programmes
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