Community Water Fund 2018

The Local Authority Waters & Communities Office (LAWCO) are pleased to announce the launch of an open call for applications to a Community Water Development Fund 2018. Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 28th May at 19.00hrs. The fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive. This 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. This can include the development of a catchment partnership or River/Lake Trust, and delivery of local projects to protect and improve water quality in a local waterbody. This fund will enable communities to get more involved in the management of their local water environment, delivering multiple benefits for present and future generations. The fund is administered by the Waters and Communities Office on behalf of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.


Tidy Towns – The Waters and Communities Special Award 2018

The Waters and Communities Special Award is also open for applications with a deadline of 23rd May 2018. The Award is run in conjunction with the main SuperValu Tidy Towns Awards, which this year celebrates its 60th year of encouraging and rewarding community effort. The Waters and Communities Award is open to any community group to apply and is sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office. The award has a total prize fund of €7,000. Closing date for receipt of entries is 23rd May. Any community groups who have shown an appreciation for their water environment and water heritage by engaging in initiatives or projects during the timespan from June 2017 to May 2018 will be considered (examples include: clean ups; provision or upgrading of amenities; support to biodiversity and heritage; promotion of angling; awareness raising; etc).


Further information on both initiatives is available on


Feel free to contact Catherine Seale (South Roscommon) on 085 8085533 or Mick Kane (North Roscommon) on 085 8083064 if you have any queries on either the Community Water Fund or the Waters and Communities Special Award.