Fish Florida is a non-profit organization that provides support to groups that teach people, especially children, about Florida fish, aquatic habitats and resource stewardship. This is accomplished through displays, classes, seminars, presentations, clinics, and other means designed to teach and promote responsible angling.
Fish Florida’s Fishing Equipment Donation Program assists organizations who teach fishing and conservation in Florida. We REQUIRE that participants receive angling instruction. We prioritize programs by the following:
- fishing opportunity provided
- benefit to children and inexperienced anglers
- opportunity offered to underprivileged user groups
- previous experience of your organization
- community support
- financial need
- hands-on activities
- number of participants
If your program is approved, you will receive one rod, reel and tackle kit per participant, up to 400, as long as we have that equipment in inventory. Our fishing equipment supplies are limited. If you will have over 400 participants, we can provide sources for purchasing additional fishing equipment.
For an example of a kids’ fishing clinic recognized by Fish Florida, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Kids’ Fishing Clinic protocol at http://myfwc.com/media/149246/KFC_Protocol.pdf
Contact Fish Florida if you are uncertain whether your event qualifies, if you have questions about the program or if you have any difficulties completing the application form.
Regarding the application, the program description is very important because it is what our Board members look at to try to understand the strength of the program. Here you’d want to mention how much time will be spent on fishing education and fishing and what methods you’ll use to teach (ex. guest speakers to explain regulations, fish mounts to show and tell catch and release techniques). And the budget section gives them an idea of how much funding is available to support the program. With those details, they can feel comfortable knowing the fishing equipment will be used wisely.
After receiving your application, the Fish Florida Board of Directors will vote on it and we will notify you as outlined below. Because we have only one employee and hundreds of applications, make sure your appplication is filled out completely. Applications lacking information or detail will be discarded.
- Fishing education must be part of your event
- Fishing equipment may not be used as prizes
- Submit one letter of recommendation/reference
- Email your completed application to (without spaces): fish florida1 @ gmail.com
- Fishing equipment will only be shipped to a business address
- Promote Fish Florida at your event (include logo on event materials, display banner, distribute flyers, include Fish Florida in press releases)
- Submit a post-event report at the conclusion of your event and include photographs of the Fish Florida banner on display
|Date of Your Program||Application Due Date||Notice of Decision||Equipment Ships After|
|January 1 – March 31||October 1||November 1||December 1|
|April 1 – June 30||January 1||February 1||March 1|
|July 1 – September 30||April 1||May 1||
|October 1 – December 31||July 1||August 1||
Fish Florida’s programs (grants, fishing equipment donations and scholarships) are possible because of the Fish Florida specialty license plate and community donations. The license plate can be purchased at Florida tag agencies.
Please promote Fish Florida at your event. Include Fish Florida on your event’s promotional materials, public service announcements and press releases. Logos and various sized ads are available. Ask your community to support Fish Florida by purchasing the Fish Florida license plate and by making tax-deductible donations.