FWC School Fishing Club Program – apply now for state grant

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Locally, the Osceola Anglers Youth Fishing Program provides an outlet for those who are the future of the sport. But, if your young angler still can’t get enough of hooks and casting lines, Florida State parents, teachers, and school staff can apply for funding to support school fishing clubs for students. .

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) 2022-23 School Fishing Club Program, formerly known as the High School Fishing Program, offers school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida R3 Fishing Scholarship. The application period is open until September 16 at 5 p.m.

This state grant program aims to engage young anglers in securing the future of Florida fishing. The Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant will award up to 40 high school fishing clubs or teams $500 to help with club expenses, the purchase of fishing licenses or equipment for participants. Participating clubs and teams will receive an updated educational program featuring lessons and activities on fisheries conservation and resource management, as well as a chance to win prizes by completing the program’s conservation project.

“The School Fishing Club program is an important program for teaching the next generation of anglers about ethical fishing and conservation in Florida,” said Director of Marine Fisheries Management Jessica McCawley. “I look forward to seeing the hard work and creativity that each club puts into their conservation project activities each year to help preserve the health and quality of aquatic habitats.”

The grant program is open to new or existing freshwater and/or saltwater fishing clubs or teams at public, private, and charter schools throughout Florida. To be considered for the grant, school fishing clubs or teams must have a minimum of five members and be represented by a school faculty member or parent who will follow the instructor’s manual provided.

The application is available online at MyFWC.com/SFC by scrolling down to “Florida’s R3 Fishing Grant Program”. Applicants can complete the online form or download the application to submit by post or email. Please send downloaded applications to [email protected] or mail them to

FWC Freshwater Fisheries Management Division
Attn: School Fishing Club Program Grant

620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399.

The 2022-23 School Fishing Club program is supported by partners such as Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Pure Fishing, Coastal Conservation Association and Baitstick Fishing. Contact Brandon Stys at [email protected] or 850-617-6012 for more information.

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