The Open Call element of the Community Water Development Fund 2023 was formally opened for applications on 1st December.
Applications will be accepted via an online portal at https://consult.watersandcommunities.ie/en/content/community-water-development-fund-grant-application-form-2023 until the closing date of 7th Feb 2023.
Download the Fund Guidelines here (https://lawaters.ie/app/uploads/2022/12/CWDF-Guidenlines-2023V2.pdf).
The Fund is administered by LAWPRO on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. There will be €500,000 available under the call.
An Online Fund Clinic webinar will be hosted by LAWPRO on Friday 13th January 2023 at 11am. Register here (https://lawaters-ie.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EYk4SdGIQtKEIhEs8_OV-Q)
The Fund has been in operation since 2018. Since that time, we have awarded €2m in grant aid to 629 grant recipients to fund all types of water related projects. Examples include: feasibility studies; surveys and plans; biodiversity signage; water conservation measures; invasive species control; riparian management and planting; training workshops; Citizen Science initiatives, etc.
The Fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment.