Funding 2020

The Community Water Development Fund 2020

The Community Water Development Fund 2020 was launched at the inaugural ‘Rivers Trusts and Catchment Partnerships Conference’ in the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Saturday 30th November 2019.

The fund is open to all community and voluntary groups who want to get involved in the protection and restoration of clean and healthy waters in their local area. Improvements in water quality in turn benefits our health and well-being, wildlife and the local economy. The fund is also open to Rivers/Lake Trusts and Catchment Partnerships, these groups tend to adopt a wider catchment-based approach.

Application Form and Guidance Notes in respect of the Community Water Development Fund 2020 are available to download in pdf format below

The closing date for applications submitted by post or email is Friday, 7th February 2020 at 5.00 pm.  A new development for 2020 provides for online applications via www.lawaters.ie The deadline for online applications is extended to Tuesday, 11th February 2020 at 8.00 pm. To encourage applications via the new facility a draw will take place, for online applicants only, with one lucky group receiving a prize of €500.  

Types of projects considered for funding will include:

  • Capital projects such as restoration/habitat conservation/natural flood mitigation measures.
  • Projects that promote public awareness/education and events such as biodiversity days, surveys, training workshops, surveys and plans, etc.
  • General amenity such as beach clean, improving amenity areas, bird watching facilities, etc.

Grants awarded will range from up to €5,000; up to €10,000 and up to €25,000.

The total fund is capped at €225,000 for 2020.

The online application process will be available shortly.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Local Authority Waters Programme at 0761 06 6230 or email to funding@lawaters.ie