Community Water Development Fund now open for 2021

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 2 December 2020

Community Water Development Fund now open for 2021

Funding for communities to deliver water, biodiversity, and climate action initiatives.

The Community Water Development Fund aims to support the delivery of local projects and initiatives to address the major issues of water quality, biodiversity loss and climate change. The fund is administered by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and is available to all community and voluntary groups.

LAWPRO opened the 2021 fund on Saturday 28 November at the annual seminar of Irish Rivers Trusts and Catchment Groups. That seminar saw 246 people gather from across the whole of Ireland to share knowledge and experiences of ‘Communities Caring for Water’.

Speaking at the event Sheevaun Thompson, Funding lead with LAWPRO said “demand for the Community Water Development Fund has increased year on year since it was first launched in 2018 and it is exciting to announce that the fund has been increased to €360,000 in 2021, up from €225,000 in 2020.  This will allow LAWPRO to support even more locally led community projects next year.” A link to a recording of the seminar is available at

For the 2021 Open Call, applicants are asked to complete the application form online and in conjunction with the guidelines provided online at Contact details for your local Community Water Officers is also available, as they must be contacted in advance of applying to the fund.

Here is the link to the Fund Application form online:


Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday9 February 2021 at 12 noon.


Types of projects considered for funding will include:

  • Capital projects such as: wildlife conservation and restoration of habitat; natural flood mitigation measures; fish passage projects; invasive species control, tree planting, rain garden and Nature Based Solutions, etc.
  • Awareness raising and information initiatives, such as videos and publications.
  • Projects that promote public awareness/education and events such as biodiversity days, surveys, training workshops, surveys and plans, water conservation initiatives, Citizen Science, etc.
  • Community benefit and amenity such as: beach clean-ups, improving amenity areas, bird watching facilities, etc.

Grants awarded will range from €500 to €5,000; up to €10,000 and up to €25,000.

If you experience any technical difficulties on the website or need advice please contact Sheevaun Thompson, Funding Lead, Local Authority Waters Programme at 087 2436804, email or at team.


This is a good funding opportunity. Please make use of it.

Thanks in advance.


Mob: 0868599514