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Heritage in the Community Grants Scheme

Heritage in the Community Grants

In support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 we are delighted to announce the Heritage in the Community Grants Scheme 2018 is now open for application!

A fund of €20,000 has been allocated to assist community based heritage projects which compliment or fulfil the delivery of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan along the Barrow Navigation, Erne System, Grand Canal, Lower Bann, Royal Canal, Shannon, Shannon-Erne, and the Ulster Canal (Upper Lough Erne to Clones).

Applications will be considered from communities seeking assistance for projects related to inland waterways' heritage including data collection & research,  good heritage practice in managing sites, collections, objects, etc. And support fresh approaches and initiatives that link heritage to communities, promoting active engagement with heritage.


The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January,31 2018 (by email or post).

Click here to download the application form.


Important information and changes to the Grant Scheme

(please refer to Application Form and Eligibility Criteria for further details):

  • All decisions relating to the assessment of grant applications will be based on the degree to which they compliment the strategic aims and actions from the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020.

  • The Application Form and Guidelines should be reviewed for clear information on project eligibility.

  • Any grant-aided project not completed within the specified timeframe will be subject to clawback of awarded monies.

  • Only one grant per organisation is permitted. Grants up to €1,500 / £1,200 are available.

  • Successful grant recipients may receive a partial upfront payment (up to 50%) but this will be reviewed on a case by case needs assessment i.e. where projects can be successfully initiated without grant aid, the full amount will be payable upon successful completion of the project.

  • An appeals process has been established for the 2018 Grant Scheme.

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