UK clubs urged to claim a share of cash grants

Angling clubs are being urged to take advantage of millions of pounds in grants which are being made available to secure the future of fishing.
The call is being made by members of Northants-based Desborough & Rothwell AC, who recently secured £50,000 to spend on their fishery after applying for a grant via a local scheme.
Millions of pounds of government cash is made available to clubs and fisheries every year through both the Environment Agency and Sport England, but many could be missing out on cash from other doners which is simple to claim.
Desborough & Rothwell got their money by applying for a local grant through the charity Grantscape – a leading UK community fund administrator that has distributed more than £70 million to nearly 1,300 national projects.
 The charity referred the club to Mick George – a construction and waste industry firm which gives away £200,000 every year for community and conservation projects local to its operating sites.
With the money, the 300-strong club was able to secure the lease on its lake in Rushton for a further 10 years and transform it from a run-down venue to an angling haven.
Club secretary Chris Orgill was surprised how easy it was to get much-needed help: “I applied for the grant on the Grantscape website and just a few months later got a letter saying we were successful.
“Our club would have folded if it wasn’t for this scheme,” Chis said. “You wouldn’t recognise the fishery now.
“We are so grateful to the charity and Mick George. The club might have gone under without the cash boost – it also allowed us to build new paths and platforms and carry out fish stockings. Other clubs should know how to get funding.”
Nottingham Anglers Association is another club that has successfully applied for cash in recent years.
It received £50,000 in 2014 after applying for Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, a scheme which offers millions of pounds towards the modernisation of local sports facilities.
It also secured £10,000 from Nottingham County Council as part of an Olympic Legacy Fund. Secretary Dave Turner said: “Both grants have helped us to improve access and parking at our Bestwood Duck Ponds complex, which we use to introduce kids into the sport. “We are now building a classroom on site to help train youngsters. It just goes to show the money is out there if you make the effort.”
It is not just clubs that have benefited from grants. Midlands match complex Makins Fishery has also been given a cash boost from the Angling Trust’s Fisheries Improvement Fund.
The scheme, funded by the EA, sees £65,000 a year given to projects that encourage more people into the sport.
Makins was given a small amount of cash to be spent on providing access for disabled anglers on one of its lakes via concrete pegs.
Makins Fishery owner Alan McDiarmid added: “I am so glad I applied for the money – it was so easy to do and it has allowed us to provide something which otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to.”
This fund, which is subsidised by rod licence money, has so far awarded 13 clubs, three fisheries and one angling project free cash and is set to continue into the future.