Funding available for angling events
Two Tipperary clubs have benefitted in recent years
Inland Fisheries Ireland has this week launched its sponsorship programme for 2021 and is open for applications from suitable angling events and initiatives in Tipperary and nationwide.
The programme, which is one of the main funding mechanisms of Inland Fisheries Ireland, awarded funding to 87 angling events and initiatives across the country during 2019, resulting in an investment of €30,000 to support novice anglers and angling tourism in Ireland.
In Tipperary, two initiatives were awarded funding as part of the scheme in 2019. They included: the Juvenille Angling Competition in Ballina organised by the Killaloe Ballina and District Anglers and an Angling Event at Lough Derg which was organised by the Romanian C&R Angling Association.
The programme didn’t go ahead in 2020 but in 2019 but in total, over 600 juvenile and novice anglers participated in 45 nationwide angling competitions.
Eligible events and categories in the 2021 Inland Fisheries Ireland Sponsorship Programme are as follows:
*Large international competitions held in Ireland which showcase Ireland’s angling resources and contribution to local economies, supporting jobs and businesses (maximum sponsorship available is €3,000 per event).
*Novice angler events and training courses which increase participation in angling including funding of transport hire for participants to facilitate attendance at novice angler events. Minimum of 20 novice angler participants required (maximum sponsorship available is €500 per event or course).
*Information giving or initiatives to promote fisheries awareness, conservation and protection of the inland fisheries and sea angling resource; promotion of angling as a key Irish tourism activity e.g. Production of high quality angling promotional videos, seminars, coaching, training or workshops (maximum sponsorship available is €1,000 per event).
*Juvenile and minority angling teams representing Ireland at international events both home and abroad (maximum sponsorship available is €500 per team).
Initiatives which support novice anglers and sustainable angling tourism are “key priorities” for funding in 2021, according to Suzanne Campion the Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland. Launching the programme, she said: “We are delighted to make financial support available in 2021 to support key priority projects and events that will support novice and junior anglers and help grow sustainable angling tourism here in Ireland. The past year has shown us all how important engaging in outdoor activities has been for people’s physical and mental wellbeing and the Sponsorship Programme has a focus on encouraging new and novice anglers to enjoy the outdoors more by participating in angling in a sustainable manner. In addition to supporting those who are holding a rod for the first time, we also have a unique opportunity to inform novice anglers about conservation and protection of our precious wild fisheries.
“As the deadline to apply under the Sponsorship Programme is Friday, June 25 we are encouraging all angling clubs, groups and associations to get in touch with us in Inland Fisheries Ireland and apply for funding through the programme.”
Applications for funding from the Sponsorship Programme are now invited from angling clubs, associations or any local group organising an angling initiative.
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