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Community Water Fund 2018

The Local Authority Waters & Communities Office (LAWCO) are pleased to announce the launch of an open call for applications to a Community Water Development Fund 2018. Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 28th May at 19.00hrs. The fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive. This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment. This can include the development of a catchment partnership or River/Lake Trust, and delivery of local projects to protect and improve water quality in a local waterbody. This fund will enable communities to get more involved in the management of their local water environment, delivering multiple benefits for present and future generations. The fund is administered by the Waters and Communities Office on behalf of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Types of projects considered 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 fund is capped at €180,000 for 2018.


Further information is and online application is available @


Please contact Jimmy McVeigh on or 085 808 5603 if you have any queries on the Community Water Fund or to discuss possible projects.


Tidy Towns Waters and Communities Special Award 2018

The Waters and Communities Special Award is open for applications with a deadline of 23rd May 2018. The Award is run in conjunction with the main SuperValu TidyTowns Awards, which this year celebrates its 60th year of encouraging and rewarding community effort.

The Waters and Communities Special Award 2018 aims to encourage communities to get more involved with their local waterbodies by helping to preserve, promote and fully utilise their local natural heritage. Community groups who have shown an appreciation for their water environment and water heritage by engaging in initiatives or projects during the timespan from June 2017 to May 2018 will be considered (examples include: clean ups; provision or upgrading of amenities; support to biodiversity and heritage; promotion of angling; awareness raising; etc).

To read about the winners of the Waters and Communities Special Awards in 2017 see

All applications will be assessed by a panel of judges appointed by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office. The judges will assess each application for initiatives undertaken between June 2017 and May 2018 based on the following criteria:

  1. Awareness raising (15 Marks)
  2. Community involvement (20 Marks)
  3. Stakeholder engagement (15 Marks)
  4. Project benefits (40 Marks)
  5. Lessons learned and plans for the future (10 Marks)

The Waters and Communities Award is open to any community group to apply and is sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office. The award has a total prize fund of €7,000. Closing date for receipt of entries is 23rd May 2018.

The Application form is available on the TidyTowns website  or it can be downloaded here 2018 Waters and Communities Special Award

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