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Heritage Plan

​​​​​​Heritage in the Community Grants Programme


Waterways Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of its 2017 Heritage in the Community Grants programme in support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020

The Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan provides, for the first time, a strategic framework for the integration of built, natural and cutural heritage into the future management of our waterways. We envisage this Plan will provide a platform over the coming 5 years for meaningful and honest engagement with our stakeholders, whom all have the shared goal of protecting this treasured heritage asset.​ ​

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 Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, and the Ulster Canal (Upper Lough Erne to Clones).

Applications will be considered from communities, individuals and organisations seeking assistance for projects related to inland waterways' heritage. This can include data collection & research, good heritage practice in managing sites, collections, objects, etc. and support fresh approaches and initiatives that promote active engagement with heritage. ​Click here​ to download your application form. ​

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January,31 2017 (by email or post).​



A range of criteria will be used to assess the applications including how well the project compliments or fulfils an action of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020, the extent to which proposed activities benefit local heritage, the level of innovation and the capacity of applicants to carry out the proposed project. Some types of support will not be considered under the Waterways Ireland's Heritage Grant Scheme. The Application Form and Guidelines should be reviewed for clear information on project eligibility. Only one grant per organisation is permitted. Grants up to €1,500 / £1,200 are available.

Please feel free to contact Cormac McCarthy on +353 (0)61-922149, +353 (0)87-2787463 or at cormac.mccarthy@waterwaysireland.org​ for any queries relating to the grants scheme.
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