England’s Fisheries Improvement Programme Invites New Applications

Funding for projects to improve habitat and facilities for anglers is available for clubs, non-government organisations, local authorities, fisheries and landowners in England.

The Fisheries Improvement Programme allows the Environment Agency to reinvest fishing licence income back into projects that will provide positive outcomes for anglers.

Ideas are sought which can:

  • Create sustainable habitats and passage for coarse fish, trout and eels, as well as projects that develop community or urban fisheries.
  • Enhance angling access by providing pegs and pathways for rivers and still waters.
  • Improve facilities and access for less able bodied anglers.

The fund can also help fisheries become more resilient to the impact of climate change.

There is up to £500,000 available. Most individual projects receive less than £5,000 each and all are expected to provide evidence of match funding.

Project proposals are invited from angling clubs, fisheries, NGOs (such as Rivers Trusts and the Wild Trout Trust), local authorities or other community organisations involved in angling. To be eligible, projects must be in England and involve a form of angling covered by a valid Environment Agency non-migratory trout and coarse fishing licence.

The deadline for applications for the current round is 1 September 2023 (17:00 BST).

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)