Waterways Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of its 2023 Heritage in the Community Grants Scheme in support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan.
A fund of €20,000 has been allocated to assist community based heritage projects which compliment or fulfil the delivery of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan along the Barrow Navigation, Erne System, Grand Canal, Lower Bann, Royal Canal, Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Ulster Canal (Upper Lough Erne to Clones).
Applications will be considered from communities, individuals and organisations seeking assistance for projects related to inland waterways' heritage. This can include data collection & research, good heritage practice in managing sites, collections, objects, etc. and support fresh approaches and initiatives that promote active engagement with heritage.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January,31 2023.
Important information (please refer to the Guidance for further details):
All decisions relating to the assessment of grant applications will be based on the degree to which they compliment the strategic aims and actions from the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan. Projects must also factor in potential future COVID19 restrictions and how this may impact the delivery of the initiative i.e. grant applications which propose groups of people congregating indoors or outdoors.
The Application Form and Guidelines should be reviewed for clear information on project eligibility.
Any grant-aided project not completed within the specified timeframe (October 31st 2023) will be subject to clawback of awarded monies.
Only one grant per organisation is permitted. Grants up to €1,500 / £1,350 are available.
Successful grant recipients may receive a partial upfront payment (up to 50%) but this will be reviewed on a case by case needs assessment i.e. where projects can be successfully initiated without grant aid, the full amount will be payable upon successful completion of the project.