Community fishing grants

The Queensland Community Fishing Grants Program supports activities and projects that enhance recreational fishing experiences and support traditional fishing.

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 also acknowledges the importance of traditional fishing as a significant cultural activity for Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

Up to $250,000 of grant funding, is available through an expression of interest process.

Of this funding, $75,000 is set aside for small grants of less than $5,000 for recreational or traditional fishing education activities (such as kids fishing days) or community fishing programs.

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 2021-22 financial year.

Who is eligible to apply

  • Not-for-profit community 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 meet at least one of the following criteria.

CriteriaProject examples
Recreational and/or traditional fishing education Fishing workshops/clinics, schools education, come and try days, fishing education programs, signs explaining sea country, education about traditional fishing activities.
Fish habitat improvement and protection Remove barriers to fish migration, replanting and protecting river bank vegetation, restoring water flows, fish aggregating devices etc.
Monitoring or research provides linkages to, adds value to, or fills information gaps about recreational fishing Possible projects include; fishing-related social or economic surveys, biology or ecology of popular recreational species, citizen science projects, fish tagging, projects that compliment Fisheries Queensland’s Monitoring and Research Plan.

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

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

How to apply

  • Expressions of interest are currently open for the 2021-22 grants.
  • All applications must be made via the online form.
  • Applications close 5pm, Sunday 26 September 2021.

More information

Email fisheriesgrants@daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23

Previously funded projects

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

Project categoryProjectOrganisationYear
Recreational fishing education Let’s Go Fishing Queensland campaign, Queensland Australian Fishing Trade Association Incorporated 2020/21
Traditional fishing education Darumbal cultural signage initiative, Rockhampton Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation 2020/21
Monitoring and research Using artificial intelligence to monitor artificial reef fisheries, Moreton Bay Griffith University 2020/21
Recreational fishing education

Monitoring and research
Connecting communities through citizen science, Queensland Australian National Sport Fishing Association Queensland Branch Incorporated 2020/21
Monitoring and research Tagging and monitoring programs, Hinchinbrook Hinchibrook Sportsfishing Club 2020/21
Fish habitat improvement and protection Seagrass restoration in a tropical estuary, Mourilyan Harbour, far north QLD Ozfish Unlimited Limited 2020/21
Recreational fishing education Recreational fishing and education program for all abilities, Sunshine Coast Sunshine Butterflies Inc. 2020/21
Fish habitat improvement and protection Port of Brisbane Shellfish Reef, Brisbane Ozfish Unlimited Limited 2020/21
Recreational fishing education Junior Angler Education and Community Engagement, Mount Isa, Burketown, Julia Creek, Cloncurry Southern Gulf NRM Ltd 2020/21
Recreational fishing education Youth, Mental Health and Fishing Program, Bundaberg Bundaberg Regional Council 2020/21
Recreational fishing education Clontarf Beach SHS Recreational Fishing program, Clontarf Clontarf Beach State High School 2020/21
Recreational and traditional fishing education Connect to Culture - Wheelchair Access Boat Fishing Day, Sunshine Coast Bamboo Projects Education Ltd 2020/21
Monitoring and research Queensland-wide tagging Suntag Australia Incorporated 2020/21
Recreational and traditional fishing education Indigenous Youth Recreational Fishing Cultural Exchange Program, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane Australian Fishing Trade Association Incorporated 2020/21
Recreational fishing education Fishing clinics, Callide Dam Callide Valley Native Fish Stocking Association Inc. 2020/21
Fish habitat improvement and protection Queens Road Causeway Remediation for Fish Passage, Logan Logan City Council 2020/21
Recreational fishing education Fishing in the Burdekin Guide, Burdekin Burdekin Shire Council 2020/21
Recreational fishing education Mount Morgan Dam recreational fishing program, Rockhampton Rockhampton Regional Council2020/21
Fish habitat improvement and protectionBarr’s Scrub Bass Habitat, Gold Coast restorationOzfish Unlimited Limited2020/21
Recreational fishing educationGolden Beach School Fish Education Program, CaloundraCaloundra Power Boat Club2020/21
Recreational fishing educationBribie Island Kids Fishing Day, Bribie IslandRedcliffe Special School2020/21
Recreational fishing educationHealth and Well-being Boating and Fishing Program, south east QueenslandFishability QLD Incorporated2020/21

Recreational and traditional fishing education

Monitoring and research

Conservation of the Lama Lama recreational fisheries, Princess Charlotte BayYintjingga Aboriginal Corporation2020/21
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