9 May 2019
By Bryan Smyth
Inland Fisheries Ireland will host an information workshop for angling clubs and community groups interested in applying to its 2019 Funding Call. The funding has been made available for fisheries conservation projects and development projects nationwide through the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD).
An information workshop will be held in Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork City at 8pm on Thursday, 9th of May and members of the public who are looking for further information are invited to attend. Staff from Inland Fisheries Ireland will outline the various funding schemes and provide guidance around how to submit an expression of interest for funding. Applications are invited from angling clubs, local development associations, tidy towns and others who may be looking to carry out projects.
The 2019 funding call consists of three schemes:
The NSAD Capital Grants Scheme 2019 (â‚¬136,000)
This scheme is aimed specifically at capital improvement works with grants available to groups and individuals looking to improve angling access and infrastructure in their locality. The 2019 scheme is open to the value of â‚¬136,000.
The Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund
This scheme focuses on the protection of both salmon and sea trout. It will fund rehabilitation, protection and conservation projects, all of which must focus on salmon or sea trout. This fund replaces the Salmon Conservation Fund and extends it to include both salmon and sea trout with project values starting from â‚¬2,000 for awareness projects. The upper limit of â‚¬15,000 has been removed.
The Midlands Fisheries Fund (â‚¬50,000)
This scheme will focus 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.
Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: â€œOur staff will be in Cork City where they will be providing information and guidance to those who may be considering submitting an expression of interest in response to our latest funding call. We look forward to meeting angling and community groups / individuals who may wish to apply or require some guidance through the application process.â€
For more information about the 2019 Funding Call, to download an information booklet and to submit an expression of interest, please visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/funding. All applicants must apply through an â€˜Expression of Interestâ€™ form, to progress to full application. Full applications may be submitted from the 20th of May with the closing date for applications the 20th of June 2019.