By Joe Barrett
Inland Fisheries Ireland is launching its Sponsorship Programme for 2021 this week and is open for applications at 9am this Friday 11 June from suitable angling events and initiatives in Laois.
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 Laois, two initiatives were awarded funding as part of the scheme in 2019. They were the Four Nations Bank Fly Fishing Championship in the Laois Angling Centre in Coolrain which was organised by Trout Angling Federation of Ireland and the ILFA Ladies Introduction to Fly-fishing again in the Laois Angling Centre which was organised by the Irish Ladies Fly-fishing Association.
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 dissemination 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.
Ms Campion 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. As the deadline to apply under the Sponsorship Programme is Friday 25 June 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.”
To find out more and to apply log onto https://ifi.smartsimple.ie/s_Login.jsp Applicants will have to register to apply or if they are already registered, just log in and fill in the application form.
Awards will be subject to budget availability and adherence to the programme requirements.