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LAWPRO Catchment Support Fund 2024 – €500,000 available for NGOs working on water quality

The LAWPRO Catchment Support Fund aims to build the capacity of non-governmental organisations working in the area of water quality in Ireland by providing funding towards their core costs.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to not-for-profit non-governmental water focused organisations with demonstrated catchment relevance. Full eligibility details are available on the LAWPRO website.

Funding available

  • Strand 1: This fund will support costs such as; insurance associated with catchment management, statutory and/or legal responsibilities, accounting, auditing, organisational promotional material and website costs, group development activities (e.g., Development of group plan/strategy; group management; governance assistance). LAWPRO envisage grant offers will range from €500 – €5,000.
  • Strand 2: This fund will support the organisation’s core costs. LAWPRO envisage the average grant offers for strand 2 to be in the region of €20,000 – €40,000. Applications above this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Funding will be allocated on a competitive basis. This will be in line with the assessment criteria set in LAWPRO’s guidance documents.

Learn more and apply:

All information must be received before Tuesday 16 April 2024. The portal will close at 5pm.

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Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

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Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.