Queensland recreational fishing grants

The Queensland Recreational Fishing Grants Program supports activities and projects that enhance the recreational 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 $100,000 of grant funding, through an expression of interest process, to support activities and projects that enhance recreational fishing in Queensland.

The Guideline for Queensland's Recreational Fishing Grant Program outlines how the annual program operates and how funding is allocated. Please note the Guideline is being reviewed ahead of 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 fishing in Queensland. Applications must demonstrate that it meets at least one of the following criteria.

CriterionProject examples
Recreational fishing education Fishing workshops/clinics, schools education, come and try days, fishing education programs
Fish habitat improvement and protection Remove barriers to fish migration, replanting & protecting river bank vegetation, restoring water flows, fish aggregating devices etc.
Compliments Fisheries Queensland’s monitoring and research program for fish and recreational fishing Provides linkages, value adds or fills information gaps to the priorities listed in the Monitoring and research plan. Possible projects include; fishing social or economic surveys, biology or ecology of popular recreational species, citizen science projects, fish tagging.

The Queensland Government is seeking applications that address at least one of these current recreational fishing priorities:

  • contributes to the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy target to ‘increase satisfaction of recreational fishers (compared to 2017 figures) by 2020’
  • 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.

How to apply

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