Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

New €2 million funding call open to angling projects and conservation initiatives nationwide

As Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development with responsibility for Inland Fisheries I warmly welcome the new €2 million funding call by Inland Fisheries Ireland for angling projects and conservation initiatives.  The funding call, which is open to communities nationwide, consists of three separate funding streams which will help ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced into the future.

The Inland Fisheries Ireland Funding Call 2017 is made up of the following funds:

  • Salmon Conservation Fund to a maximum of €500,000
  • Midland Fisheries Fund of €50,000
  • National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) Fund of €1,500,000

As the Minister with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, I want to encourage clubs and community groups as well as local authorities in Galway and the broader Western region to avail of the funding opportunities by applying for project support to IFI.  I ensured that my Department provided significant funding under the NSAD in 2017 for community led investment across a number of areas from fisheries habitat enhancement and sustainable development works to marketing and promotional projects for angling. 

I’m delighted with the significant increase in funding for angling which follows on from the increased funding that I secured in the Budget for Inland Fisheries Ireland which has been further enhanced by a mid-year reallocation of funding in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Applications are invited from groups, associations, clubs, local authorities or other appropriate bodies looking to improve Ireland’s fisheries resource.


Inland Fisheries Ireland will hold regional information workshops for those interested in applying for funding with a view to giving participants a better understanding of the various funding streams and how they can apply via an online system. The workshops will take place in:


Date and Time Venue Location
Tuesday 29th August 2017


Clonmel Park Hotel Clonmel

Co. Tipperary

Wednesday 30th August


Castle Hotel Main St, Macroom,

Co. Cork

Thursday 31st August 2017


Maldron Hotel Southern Ring Road, Roxboro, Limerick
Monday 04th September 2017


CityNorth Hotel

& Conference Centre


Co. Meath

Tuesday 05th September 2017


Great National Hotel N26 Dublin Rd,


Co. Mayo

Wednesday 06th September 2017


Menlo Park Hotel Headford Rd,

Co. Galway

Tuesday 12th September 2017


Harvey’s Point Country Hotel Lough Eske,

Donegal Town

Thursday 14th September 2017


Athlone Springs Hotel Monksland, Athlone,                           Co. Westmeath
Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st September 2017

All Day

Ploughing Championship Screggan,

Tullamore, Co. Offaly


Members of the public who will be attending the workshops are asked to RSVP to, indicating which workshop they will be going to along with their name and contact details.

The closing date for applications to Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 2017 Funding Call is Friday, 13th of October 2017. For more information and to apply, visit .