Fishing clubs and community groups across Victoria will have more access to funds to improve fishing in their local area thanks to a new category of Recreational Fishing Grants.

Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne said the new intermediate category of grants was funded by fishing licence fees and complements the Andrews Labor Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan, to get more people fishing, more often, in more places.



Funding Available


  • Small Grants Program that is continually open to fund small projects (up to $5,000 – GST Exclusive)
  • An Intermediate Grants Program that is continually open to applications from angling clubs and associations and not-for-profit community groups ($5,000 – $50,000 GST Exclusive)
  • Large Grants Program (for projects from $5,001 to $100,000 – GST Exclusive)
  • A Commissioning Program for large priority projects (generally in excess of $100,000).

The new intermediate grants category will be open year-round for applications from fishing clubs and not-for-profit community groups. 

The Large Grants program offers funding of up to $100,000 to a wide range of organisations.


Project Examples 


Projects which could qualify for funding include improving habitat in local waterways, getting new access tracks, a fishing platform to allow for all abilities and fencing stiles to allow better access along a stretch of water where the best fish are.

The new grants program is for local clubs and groups to make a difference and improve recreational fishing for everyone to enjoy.


The Intermediate Grants Program will be open all year round and compliment the Large Grants Program, which is currently open. Applications for large grants close on 28 February 2021, while small grants of up to $5,000 are available year-round. 

For more information about the Recreational Fishing Grants Program, or to apply online, click here

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your application, please contact (03) 5831 8456 or