Deadline is the 21st January.
Inland Fisheries Ireland, is encouraging angling clubs in Kildare to apply for funding under its 2022 Sponsorship Programme, before the January 21st deadline.
It says sustainable angling initiatives which support beginners, young anglers and angling tourism are “top priorities” for funding in 2022.
The €30,000 fund will have a particular focus on initiatives aimed at beginners and young anglers, as well as events that promote sustainable angling tourism.
It awarded funding to 41 angling events and initiatives across the country in 2021; however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme didn’t go ahead in 2020.
Of the 41 events that received funding, the state agency supported ten national or international competitions and festivals that showcased Ireland’s angling resources and contribution to local economies in 2021.
Meanwhile, a total of 28 coaching and juvenile outreach events were supported in 2021, to help increase participation in the sport, along with three public awareness events and angling-related initiatives.
Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “In 2022, our top priority is supporting projects and events that encourage more young people and beginners to try angling sustainably, as well as initiatives that help grow sustainable angling tourism throughout Ireland.”
“As more people in Kildare enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of being outdoors, mainly driven by Covid-19 guidelines, we are seeing greater levels of interest in angling nationally.
"For example, nearly one in five Irish adults are “likely” to try angling in the future, according to Amárach Research.
"In addition to supporting those who would like to go fishing for the first time, we also have a unique opportunity through the Sponsorship Programme to highlight the importance of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable angling,” she added.
Kildare Anglers who wish to apply to the Sponsorship Programme can visit the Inland Fisheries Ireland website