Waterways Ireland | Heritage Grant

Community Heritage and Biodiversity Grant Scheme 2024

Heritage in the Community Grants

In support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan, we are delighted to announce the Community Heritage and Biodiversity Grant Scheme 2024 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. Full guidance document can be downloaded Community Heritage and Biodiversity Grant 2024 - Application Guidance.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 31st 2024. Click here to download the application Application Form 2024.

Important information (please refer to the Guidance 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.
  • 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 / £1,350 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.
  • This Grant Scheme has an appeals process.
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