The Northern Territory of Australia’s Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme (NTRFGS) will offer grant funding for community projects that grow and support recreational fishing in the Territory.
The scheme is funded by the Northern Territory Government’s $50 million RecFishing Futures Program and administered by the Fisheries Division of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade.
The objectives of the NTRFGS are to:
- Improve recreational fishing experiences in the Territory.
- Create enhanced recreational fishing opportunities.
- Open new opportunities for recreational fishing by developing infrastructure for fishing related visitation.
- Support the promotion of best practice and/or sustainable fishing and stewardship.
- Support a vibrant, accessible and inclusive recreational fishing community.
Projects must fit into the one of the following two categories.
- Category 1: Small Grant Projects up to $15,000
- Primarily educational, capacity-building and participation activities, including fishing events, fishing classes, educational materials and equipment.
- Category 2: Priority Large Grant Projects up to $100,000
- Strategic infrastructure projects that increase or improve access to fishing locations and/or create new recreational fishing opportunities.
What can be funded?
Finite projects and activities with outcomes that align with the NTRFGS objectives and meet eligibility requirements will be assessed for funding.
Examples of projects that may be eligible for funding include:
- Infrastructure to facilitate new or improved recreational fishing access opportunities, such as camps, shelters, boat ramps and amenities
- Fishing platforms, shelters, boat ramps and seats or structures at land-based fishing locations
- Fish-cleaning or wash-down facilities
- Best practice recreational fishing education programs
- Projects to improve education, awareness and participation in recreational fisheries research and management
- Fish habitat restoration projects
- Programs to capacity (such as fish tagging or fisher research) where a clear need can be demonstrated
- Family fishing days, fishing clinics programs, Gone Fishing Day events
- Projects or events to promote safe, inclusive, accessible, and sustainable recreational fishing in the Territory, such as shows, fishing guides or maps with a focus on safe fishing, accessible fishing, inclusive fishing and/or sustainable fishing.
Projects put forward by, or in partnership with, Traditional Owners are encouraged and will be prioritised.
To be considered for NTRFGS funding your project application must meet these requirements.
- You must demonstrate that other financial or in-kind support, such as money, labour, promotion, expertise, materials and equipment, is available to deliver the project or activity. Grant funding cannot cover the entire cost of a project or activity.
- Projects must be not-for-profit. Commercial business ventures (that is, for-profit activities) are ineligible.
- You must provide quotes for goods and services to be purchased. You must give preference to quotes from the Territory.
- For projects on private land, secure long-term open public access agreements are required.
To be considered for NTRFGS funding you must:
- Be a legally constituted Australian entity, with the main place of business registered and operating in the Territory.
- Be an incorporated body, or be sponsored by an incorporated organization.
- Not have an outstanding acquittal from a previous Territory recreational fishing grant fund.
- Be able to complete the project by 31 August 2024.
For more information, visit Northern Territory of Australia.