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Local Authority Waters Programme opens grants scheme of up to €30,000 for Water Heritage Day 2024

Friday 28 June 2024: LAWPRO encourages community groups to apply under the ‘Water Heritage Day Grants Scheme 2024’ to celebrate Water Heritage Day on Sunday 25 August 2024.

If you want to apply for a Water Heritage Day Grant, you should talk to your Community Water Officer in advance of making an application. The deadline for making an application is Tuesday, 16 July 2024.

“We are delighted to once again invite community groups to organise a water related event for Heritage Week. The theme of Heritage Week 2024 is “Connections, Routes & Networks” and our rivers play a big part in the connectivity of our island. In historic times they were networks for movement, trading and exploration. Water Heritage Day gives communities a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our heritage through water whether it be hosting a river safari, a talk at the riverside or launching a booklet on a local waterway there are ample ways to get involved.”

Anthony Coleman, Director of Services at LAWPRO

“Water Heritage Day continues to be a significant highlight during National Heritage Week every year, showcasing the creative and ingenious ways communities celebrate the impact of canals, lakes, rivers, and the sea on our local heritage. This year, particularly given the theme of ‘Connections, Routes, and Networks’, I am excited to see what kinds of events we see for Water Heritage Day. This LAWPRO grant scheme will enable people to explore and highlight our water-based connections, emphasising how vital they are to our natural heritage. It’s a wonderful opportunity for event organisers to avail of supports that will encourage them to dive into our shared history and appreciate the incredible resource our waters provide.”

Virginia Teehan, CEO of the Heritage Council

Learn more:

To make an application see: LAWPRO Small Grants and Events Scheme 2024 | Online Consultation Portal of the Waters and Communities Office

LAWPRO works in partnership with the Heritage Council, and to run a Heritage Week event you are encouraged to register your event on their website here: 

By submitting an event on the Heritage Week website and receiving a LAWPRO grant, you could also be in with a chance to win a Water Heritage Award in 2024, for more information on the awards visit: National Heritage Week Awards | National Heritage Week 17th – 25th August 2024

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.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


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.