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Posted: 27/05/2022

TidyTowns Waters and Communities Special Award 2022

TidyTowns Waters and Communities Special Award 2022

Recognising community actions for water and biodiversity


The Waters and Communities Special Award is now open for 2022, with a closing date of Friday, 10th June. This award has been a regular feature in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition since 2017. Prizes are awarded to communities for projects and initiatives that deliver local benefits for water and biodiversity.  

Applications to this award highlight the importance of a local stream, river, estuary, canal, lake, or beach and tell us what winning this award would mean to their local community. In previous years, the range of community initiatives has included local clean-ups, enhancement of public amenities, conservation of biodiversity and heritage, citizen science, promotion of angling and water-based activities, education and awareness raising, promotion of local actions in support of water, biodiversity, and climate action goals.     

A panel of judges appointed by the three partners, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland, and the Local Authority Waters Programme, will assess each application under the following headings:

  1. Awareness raising (15 Marks)
  2. Community involvement (20 Marks)
  3. Stakeholder engagement (15 Marks)
  4. Project benefits (40 Marks)
  5. Highlights to share (10 Marks)

The Waters and Communities Special Award is open to all community groups. The three partners are committed to the success of this award and provide an annual prize fund of €7,000, which is divided across the four regions for the TidyTowns competition. With the overall award winners receiving €2,000 to support their local project or initiative.

To read about previous winners of the Waters and Communities Special Awards see:


The Application form and details of other special awards are available on the TidyTowns website:  www.tidytowns.ie

We wish you the best of luck and we look forward to seeing your entry.

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