Waterways Ireland: Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022

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The aim of this scheme is to support projects that compliment or fulfil the delivery of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan. A copy of the Heritage Plan can be downloaded at www.waterwaysireland.org.

This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work in this area or to start new initiatives.



Only projects that can be completed before 31st October 2022 can be considered under this scheme. We appreciate that this is a tight timeframe and we would urge you to ensure that your project can meet this timeframe before making an application.



The scheme is open to individuals, community groups and organisations along the inland waterways within Waterways Ireland’s remit:

  • The Lower Bann
  • The Grand Canal
  • The Royal Canal
  • The Barrow Navigation
  • The Shannon
  • The Shannon Erne
  • The Erne
  • The Ulster Canal (Upper Lough Erne to Clones)

Only one grant per individual/organisation is permitted.



Waterways Ireland has allocated €20,000 to this scheme in 2022 to undertake projects that will compliment or fulfil the delivery of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan.

Grants up to €1,500 / £1,350 are available.

Volunteer participation is a legitimate contribution. You are encouraged to put a value on the work contributed to the project by members of your organisation, by your project team or by other volunteers. Guideline costings are outlined below for this and other donated services.

Unskilled labour:               €80/£60 per day

Skilled Labour:                  €150/£115 per day

Professional Labour:         €300/£230 per day



Following Government advice concerning COVID-19 and guidance on Working from Home where possible, we have implemented remote working arrangements.

With this in mind, we would request that you apply by email to heritageplan@waterwaysireland.org for our grant scheme, though hard copies are also acceptable.


We must receive your application along with supporting documents by email at heritageplan@waterwaysireland.org by 28th February 2022.


Further details  and application forms available at link below:




Gathering Heritage Data

The objective of this scheme is to provide assistance for data collection and research relating to inland waterways’ heritage.

Here are some examples of possible projects:

  • Conservation report of a heritage object / boat
  • Wildlife or Heritage field survey to inform trail development
  • Assessing the conservation needs of a particular area, item or collection.
  • Feasibility reports

Heritage Management

The objective of this scheme is to support projects that apply good heritage practice in managing sites, collections, objects, etc.

Here are some examples of possible projects:

  • Conservation planning and habitat (or wildlife site) management
  • Conservation of heritage  collection and objects, including documents
  • Works to ensure the survival of a heritage building or structure, under a management plan that applies good practice in building conservation
  • Control of invasive species
  • Management works to restore important habitats
  • Carrying out the work recommended in an earlier conservation report or wildlife management plan
  • Archival boxing for vulnerable documents

Raising awareness of Heritage

The objective of this scheme is to support fresh approaches and initiatives that link heritage to communities, promoting active engagement with heritage and its appreciation by the public.

Here are some examples of possible projects:

  • Conference or exhibition on heritage of an area
  • Heritage week activities
  • Seminar on traditional skills
  • Heritage event using art, drama, or new media


Waterways Ireland’s heritage grant scheme will not formally fund activities involving:

  • Projects that solely benefit an individual,
  • Teaching/staffing in schools,
  • Travel and transport costs except in exceptional circumstances,
  • Equipment, unless directly associated with the project,
  • Ongoing running costs, administration, insurance, etc.

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