Grant conditions and guidelines

In 2014 the Victorian Government committed funding to improve recreational fishing opportunities for Victorian anglers through its Target One Million recreational fishing plan.

This exciting commitment is being delivered through a range of programs including the provision of funding to every angling club in Victoria to help them increase membership and promote participation in recreational fishing.

Part A: Eligible projects 

Here are some suggestions to help your club develop an application.

  • Membership drive/open day
  • Club room improvements
  • Introductory fishing days (including single event public liability costs)
  • Catch a fish day/event
  • Guest speaker nights (open to the public)
  • Website development / flyers / advertising / signage.

Part B: Guidelines

  • All projects must aim to result in stronger fishing clubs through increased membership and/or increased participation.
  • Grants will not be available to fund existing operating costs e.g. power, rent, electricity.
  • If intending to fund an event attended by the public, clubs will be responsible for public liability insurance and Working with Children checks.
  • Funding for merchandise/uniforms is capped at $1,000 and product must not be sold for a profit (remaining available funding may be spent on other projects provided this is detailed in the application).

Projects that won't be funded:

  • Payment of utility bills, clubhouse rental etc.
  • Trips for members
  • Purchase of alcohol
  • Fish stocking
  • Projects already completed/retrospective funding
  • Non fishing related entertainment.

Part C: Application process

The grants program will be open for 12 months from March 2016. We encourage and welcome all clubs to apply.

All eligible grant applications will be assessed by a panel of The Victorian Fisheries Authority staff. To discuss a potential project, or for assistance with an application please contact The Victorian Fisheries Authority on 8392 6869 or improving.fishing@vfa.vic.gov.au.

If your application is successful we will contact you as soon as practicable to establish a Project Funding Agreement and organise payment of the grant.

Please note: Eligible clubs should be able to demonstrate that they are incorporated and have been in existence since January 1 2015.

Please also note that successful grant applicants will need to:

  1. Notify The Victorian Fisheries Authority of any proposed changes or extensions to the proposed project
  2. Submit a brief report and Grant Acquittal within 60 days of completing the project
  3. Return any unspent funds back to the department following the completion of the project.

Part D: Goods and Services Tax

Grant payments made under this Program will be inclusive of GST and project costings should also be inclusive of the GST.

Withholding Tax will apply where grant recipients are unable to provide an ABN and the supplier does not satisfy reason/s for their exemption from the tax as stated on the Australian Taxation Office's Statement by supplier – Reason for not quoting an Australian Business Number (ABN) to an enterprise.

All grants will be assessed in accordance with these Conditions and Guidelines. Under reasonable circumstances particular grant applications will be eligible for exemptions.