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2016/17 Round 7 Community Grants Are Now Closed

Community Grant Guidelines

The funds generated from Western Australia’s Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence and other fishing licences, has provided more than $1 million to fund community-driven projects aimed at enhancing recreational fishing.

These projects provide enhancement to WA’s recreational fishing sector and are an example of recreational fishers working together with the state government to ensure recreational fishing licence money provides benefits to the sector.

The funding will be injected into community initiatives such as habitat enhancement, stock enhancement, research and data collection, including the socio-economic benefits of recreational fishing.

Applications which demonstrate the support of local recreational fishers will be given preference while funding will be provided to projects that are beneficial and cost effective to the recreational fishing community.

Recfishwest thanks the Department of Fisheries for taking on board its recommendation to reinject recreational fishing licence revenue back into the rec fishing community. Recfishwest has received an overwhelming response in this first year of the Grants Scheme from individuals, research institutions, community groups and fishing clubs eager to seek funding for projects to enhance recreational fishing in WA.

A sub-committee of Recfishwest, with input from the Department of Fisheries, will be responsible for recommending funding for the approval of the Minister of Fisheries.

Two levels of funding are available:

  • Community grants of up to $8,000 will be made available to clubs and organisations for projects benifiting local recreational fishers.Funding applications of less than $5,000 will be given preference.
  • Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund grants of up to three years duration are available for incorporated individuals, research institutions, fishing clubs and community groups for projects that provide large scale benefit to the recreational fishing sector