Queensland recreational fishing grants

The Queensland Recreational Fishing Grants Program supports activities and projects that enhance the recreational and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s fishing experience in Queensland.

Queenslanders are keen anglers. Fishing is an integral part of the Queensland lifestyle and is also important for tourism - attracting anglers from around Australia and the world.

The Queensland Government provides up to $200,000 of grant funding, through an expression of interest process.

The Guideline for Queensland's Recreational Fishing Grant Program outlines how the annual program operates and how funding is allocated. Please note the guideline has been updated for the 2020/21 financial year.

Who is eligible to apply

  • Community not-for-profit organisations
  • Angling clubs/associations
  • Schools
  • Councils
  • Universities
  • Statutory bodies/government agencies
  • Incorporated bodies/associations in Queensland

Types of projects funded

To be successful, a project or activity must provide a benefit to recreational and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s fishing in Queensland. Applications must demonstrate that it meets at least one of the following criteria.

CriterionProject examples
Recreational and traditional fishing education Fishing workshops/clinics, schools education, come and try days, fishing education programs, signs explaining sea country, education on Aboriginal traditional fishing activities.
Fish habitat improvement and protection Remove barriers to fish migration, replanting & protecting river bank vegetation, restoring water flows, fish aggregating devices etc.
Provides linkages, value adds or fills information gaps for recreational fishingPossible projects include; fishing social or economic surveys, biology or ecology of popular recreational species, citizen science projects, fish tagging. Compliments the Fisheries Queensland’s Monitoring and Research Plan.

The Queensland Government is seeking applications that address at least one of these current recreational or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s fishing priorities:

  • contributes to the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy target to ‘increase satisfaction of recreational fishers'
  • supports the recreational fishing strategies developed by the relevant local government to promote recreational fishing opportunities in the Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton net-free zones
  • improves understanding of traditional or cultural fishing activities of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • supports community recovery from COVID-19 through non-commercial fishing activities.

How to apply

  • Expressions of interest are now open and will close 13 September 2020.
  • Applications must be made through the online form.

Please note, receipt of applications will only be acknowledged on request. Please only include attachments that are essential for your application.

Previously funded projects

Below is a list of applicants that have previously been awarded funding under the Queensland Recreational Fishing Grants Program.

Project category Project Organisation Year
Recreational fishing education Teach a Kid to Fish Day, Charters Towers Charters Towers and Dalrymple Fish Stocking Group Inc. 2019/20
Recreational fishing education Take a Kid Fishing Day and School Fishing Education Program, Caloundra Caloundra Power Boat Fishing Club 2019/20
Recreational fishing education Kids Fishing and Educational Clinic, Callide Dam Callide Valley Fish Stocking Association 2019/20
Recreational fishing education Kids Fishing Day 2020, Toowoomba Southern Cross Fishing Club 2019/20
Recreational fishing education Bribie Island Kids Fishing Day Redcliffe Special School 2019/20
Recreational fishing education Angler Education Events 2020 Pine Rivers Fish Management Association 2019/20
Recreational fishing education Angler Education and School Fishing Program Mackay Recreational Fishing Alliance 2019/20
Monitoring and research Citizen science tagging program Suntag Australia Inc. 2019/20
Recreational fishing education The Community Fish Off, a social inclusion program Fishability Qld Inc. 2019/20
Fish habitat improvement and protection Remediation of a priority fishway barrier on South Pine River Moreton Bay Regional Council 2019/20