The fund supports communities and groups to deliver projects that enhance the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas
Some €510,000 in grants have been issued through the Local Authority Waters Programme Community Water Development Fund. The latest call has seen 182 successful applications for funding in 2022.
Over €10,000 has been awarded to County Carlow with €895 going to a Bagenalstown Water Conservation and Biodiversity Project, €5,000 going to Blackstairs Farming Futures Water Quality and Biodiversity Management Plan, €4,000 going to Leighlinbridge Improvement Group for the control of invasive species on the River Barrow: Feasibility Study, and €1,080 going to Bagenalstown Area Community Development Group/BAG for the Water Conservation Project for Beginner Gardeners Club at Bagenalstown Community and Allotments linked to Carlow ETB.
First introduced in 2018, the fund supports communities and groups to deliver projects that enhance the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. The Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage provide the funding which is administered by LAWPRO.
Commenting on the announcement the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD said:
“I welcome the announcement of the Community Water Development Fund grants which will support local communities and groups to deliver projects that enhance the quality of local streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal areas.
“I am pleased that my Department funds this scheme, which is a great example of community engagement and public participation. The Community Water Development Fund will continue to be a key measure in the new revised and strengthened River Basin Management Plan, which I plan to launch later this year alongside my colleague Minister Malcolm Noonan.
“The Plan aims to protect Ireland’s water quality, and to ensure we have a well-protected environment and vibrant communities for future generations.”
As in previous years, applications for funding exceeded the budget allocated which has increased from €380,000 to €500,000 in 2022. A total of 202 applications were received with 182 awarded.
Types of projects approved for funding include:
This year, an additional €10,000 was awarded as part of the Blue Dot Programme. The Blue Dot Award for 2022 was shared between two groups; IRD Duhallow in County Cork and CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training) in County Galway.
Blue Dots are catchments which are mostly unpolluted and are our best quality waters.
Minister of State Malcolm Noonan TD added:
“I want to congratulate IRD Dulhallow and CELT as they share the 2022 Blue Dot Award and commend all the successful applicants who will receive funding.
“I welcome the collaborative approach led by my Department, the Local Authority Waters Programme, working across all 31 local authorities with relevant State agencies, stakeholder and local communities with the shared goal of meeting the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive to have all natural waters at a good stand by 2027.”
A full list of awards per county can be found here
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