The Community Water Development Fund 2023 funding call is now…
Community Water Fund 2023 – webinar for communities interested in applying for funding
Community groups seeking funding for projects on a local stream, river, lake, or coastal area can apply for funding under the 2023 Community Water Fund. Applications must be submitted by 7 February 2023. A webinar took place on Friday 13 January 2023 to help people in community groups who would like to make application and you can watch this online now.
The Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage funds LAWPRO to provide the Community Water Development Fund. This fund supports community groups to enhance the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. The fund has been in place since 2017, with growing interest year on year.
The Community Water Fund is open to all community and voluntary groups including not-for-profit Community and Voluntary Groups; Rural Networks; Urban Networks; Environmental Non-Government Organisations, Clubs, Associations or other appropriate bodies in the Republic of Ireland. Grants may range from €500 to €25,000.
Types of projects approved for funding include:
- Awareness raising initiatives such as river clean ups, biodiversity information boards, citizen science workshops, outdoor classrooms, rainwater harvesting, and enhancement of wetlands
- Preparation of local plans such as feasibility studies, habitat management plans, ecological surveys, and biodiversity action plans
- River and habitat enhancement works such as planting of native species and hedgerow, pollinator friendly planting, river-bank stabilisation, fencing and riparian buffer zones.
You can view all projects that have been supported by the Community Water Development Fund on this map: