Waterways Ireland Opens Heritage Grant Programme

Waterways Ireland is delighted to announce a Heritage Grants programme in support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020.

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, Shannon-Erne, and the Ulster Canal (Upper Lough Erne to Clones).

Applications will be considered from communities seeking assistance for projects related to inland waterways’ heritage including data collection & research,  good heritage practice in managing sites, collections, objects, etc. And support fresh approaches and initiatives that link heritage to communities, promoting active engagement with heritage.

A range of criteria will be used to assess the applications for support including how well the project compliment or fulfils an action of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020, the extent to which proposed activities benefits local heritage and will benefit intended target group or area, the level of innovative and the capacity of applicants to carry out the proposed project. Some types of support will not be considered under the Waterways Ireland’s Heritage Grant Scheme. The Application Form and Guidelines should be reviewed for clear information on project eligibility,

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 22 April 2016.​ Only one grant per organisation is permitted. Grants up to €1,500 / £1,200 are available.

For view the Heritage Plan, seek more information and the application pack please visit www.waterwaysireland.org. As this is the first year of the Heritage Grant Scheme, assistance is being provided by phone or email for communities who would like help completing the application process. Contact Cormac McCarthy at cormac.mccarthy@waterwaysireland.org, +353 (0)61-92214 for assistance.

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