Stronger Fishing Clubs Grant Program now open

Minister for Outdoor Recreation Sonya Kilkenny releasing some of the more than 30,000 catchable-size trout in Victorian lakes ahead of the two-week break for students.

THE Stronger Fishing Clubs Grant Program, which offers grants of up to $10,000 to help Victorian angling clubs and associations, is now open.

The grants aim to strengthen and increase club membership and promote participation in recreational fishing.

Minister for Outdoor Recreation, Sonya Kilkenny, said helping fishing clubs grow supported newcomers to fishing and enabled generations to share knowledge among members.

“Our Stronger Fishing Clubs Grant Program will ensure local clubs can attract local members and support them to enjoy all the benefits that come with spending time on the water with family and friends,” she said.

Ms Kilkenny said the Stronger Fishing Clubs Grant Program delivered on the state government’s election commitment to help fishing clubs attract new members, encouraging more families to take up fishing and was also part of the government’s $96 million package to improve fishing, boating, piers and aquaculture.

Applications for round one of the program are now open, and close on December 6, 2023.

Projects eligible for funding include events that provide recreational fishing tuition for women, multicultural groups, First Nations peoples and all-abilities, alongside open days, training and events, and guest speaker nights.

Projects involving IT upgrades, website development, clubroom improvements, and equipment that will benefit all members are also eligible for funding.

To apply online or learn more, visit vfa.vic.gov.au/strongerfishingclubs.