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New rod licence funding initiative launched

New rod licence funding initiative launched

The Angling Trust is inviting applications for a share of £200,000, funded my rod licences. The key aim of the fund is to encourage more people to go fishing.

Applications for funding are open to individuals or partnerships who would use funding to meet either of two key criteria; to help manage fish predation and/or improve access to fisheries for those who are currently discouraged due to poor access.

The fish predation criterion is described as;

“Non-lethal methods to control cormorants and goosanders, fish refuges, otter-proof fencing and other projects to manage un-sustainable predation of fish stocks. Up to £5,000 will be available for individual projects and fisheries and clubs may apply even if they are not day ticket waters.”

The ‘Access for All’ criterion, meanwhile, is described as;

“Non-lethal methods to control cormorants and goosanders, fish refuges, otter-proof fencing and other projects to manage un-sustainable predation of fish stocks. Up to £5,000 will be available for individual projects and fisheries and clubs may apply even if they are not day ticket waters.”

The ‘Access for All’ will be sub-divided into three key areas:

  1. Funding of up to £5,000 for relatively simple and easy-to-deliver projects, targeting one or two access items needing repair or improvement.
  2. Support for more specialist or extensive projects, perhaps informed by an audit of access needs. Organisations may apply for up to £10,000 for approved project ideas and an extended timeframe for applications applies.
  3. A small number of awards of up to £5,000 will be available for ‘development’ projects, e.g. work to strengthen partnerships between disabled groups and angling providers or to provide better local, regional or national information on standards of access at venues.

The Angling Trust, running this fund in partnership with the Environment Agency, hope that by inviting applicants for funding, clubs and fisheries “will be encouraged to increase opportunities for anyone to participate in angling through developing more accessible facilities.”

For details about how to apply for funding, you can visit the following website: www.anglingtrust.net/improvementfund

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