The Community Water Fund for 2020 is now open for applications

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 17 December 2019

The Community Water Fund for 2020 is now open for applications. The fund is open to all community and voluntary groups who want to get involved in the protection and restoration of a healthy water environment in their local area. The fund is also open to Rivers Trusts and Catchment Partnerships. The Community Water Development Fund is administered by the Local Authority Waters Programme on behalf of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Grants awarded will range from up to €5,000; up to €10,000 and up to €25,000.

Examples of the types of projects include:

- Capital projects, such as: river and lake restoration; habitat conservation and restoration; natural flood mitigation measures.

- Public awareness and education; local events such as biodiversity days; surveys, training and workshops; ecology surveys; etc.

- Local amenity benefits, such as: beach clean-ups; improving amenity areas; bird watching facilities; etc.

The closing date for applications submitted by post or email is Friday, 7th February 2020 at 5.00 pm.  A new development for 2020 provides for online applications via The deadline for online applications is Tuesday, 11th February 2020 at 8.00 pm. To encourage applications via the new online facility a draw will take place, for online applicants only, with one lucky group receiving a prize of €500. For further details contact the Local Authority Waters Programme at 0761 06 6230 or email to