Gone Fishing Day grants program

In 2018, for the first time, the Victorian Fisheries Authority will be offering up to 50 fishing clubs the opportunity to receive a $2000 (GST exclusive) Gone Fishing Day grant.

Funding will be made available to recreational fishing clubs to help run events in their own local area.

Applications for the Gone Fishing Day Grants Program will open on 1 July 2018 and close on 1 October 2018.

Funding can be provided for: 

  • Fishing rods (limit $35 per rod and reel combo)
  • Bait and tackle
  • Food and drink
  • Equipment hire including BBQs, marquees, and portable toilets
  • Promotion and advertising
  • Kids prize packs and giveaways

Funding will not be considered for projects that:

  • provide no benefit to recreational fishing
  • are held for primarily a commercial purpose
  • are held on private land
  • are only for club members

Steps to apply for a Gone Fishing Day grant

Step 1: Read the information on this page.

Step 2: Make yourself familiar with the Gone Fishing Day Grants Program Guidelines and Conditions [PDF File - 488.9 KB].

Step 3: Complete the Gone Fishing Day Grant Program online application form.

For further information, to discuss a potential project or for assistance with an application please email improving.fishing@vfa.vic.gov.au or call Lachlan Jones on 03 8392 7537.

Funding support for community groups, Landcare groups and schools - Recreational Fishing Small Grants Program

Community groups, Landcare groups and schools are encouraged to run their own Gone Fishing Day community fishing events locally on Sunday 14 October, 2018. Funding will be made available to these groups to help run events in their own local area.

Funding is available through the Recreational Fishing Small Grants Program.

Conditions and guidelines, and a link to the online application form, are available here.

Note that prizes and giveaways cannot be funded, however funds to cover things like event advertising, catering and equipment hire can be sought.

To advertise your event, please use our Gone Fishing Day Flyer template [MS Word Document - 7.7 MB].

For further information, to discuss a potential project or for assistance with an application please email improving.fishing@vfa.vic.gov.au or call Lachlan Jones on 03 8392 7537.