Water Heritage Day Grants Scheme 2023

Open22 May, 2023, 9:00am - 10 Jul, 2023, 4:00pm

Water Heritage Day Grants Scheme 2023

Sunday 20th August 2023

Closing date: Monday 10th July at 4pm

Water Heritage Day is on Sunday 20th August 2023 during National Heritage Week which runs from Saturday 12th – Sunday 20th August 2023.  Water Heritage Day is an opportunity to explore traditions, practices, knowledge and skills associated with our natural waters. There are many ways to celebrate this important connection from storytelling, researching skills associated with navigation (boatmaking), hosting an event to demonstrate angling skills to walks which explore the unique biodiversity of our waterways.

The Heritage Week Theme for 2023 is Living Heritage. It invites you to explore the traditions and practices, knowledge and skills passed down through generations.

If you are planning a water/biodiversity related event, you are invited by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) to submit your Heritage Week event ideas for funding. There are lots of resources and ideas about Heritage Week events on the Heritage Council website and you are invited to submit an application to host a Heritage Week event.

Your event may also be nominated for a Water Heritage Award 2023. 

You will also find information and ideas on this booklet of ideas NHW23-101-Event-Ideas.pdf (heritageweek.ie)

How to apply:


  • This fund is open to not-for-profit Community and Voluntary groups in the Republic of Ireland only
  • Applicant group must have a bank account
  • Individuals may not apply
  • Applications must have a water heritage focus
  • Only one application may be submitted per eligible organisation
  • Events/initiatives must be held on Water Heritage Day - Sunday 20th August 2023 or during National Heritage Week (12th to 20th August) if this date is not suitable.
  • You must register your event on the Heritage Council website Home | National Heritage Week 12 – 20 August 2023.

Funding available:

  • Grants awarded will range from €50 to €400 towards the initiative. (In exceptional circumstances and on receipt of relevant quotations the maximum amount may be greater than €400).
  • Applications must demonstrate good value for money and proposed costs must be in keeping with the scheme.

Ineligible expenditure:

  • Staff costs
  • Teaching/staffing in schools
  • Travel, fuel, and transport costs, except in exceptional circumstances
  • Projects that solely benefit an individual
  • Equipment, unless directly associated with the event
  • Income generating initiatives
  • Overheads and ongoing running costs
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation and subsistence

Assessment process:

  • Each application will be assessed based on its merits as it is submitted.
  • There is no obligation on LAWPRO to request any outstanding or supporting information.
  • Funding will be allocated based on the recommendations of an assessment panel.
  • The total allocation FOR 2023 will be €30,000 nationwide.
  • There is no guarantee that applications will be funded.
  • We will endeavour to have a good geographical spread of events/initiatives.

Allocation of grants:

  • Successful applicants will be issued with a letter of offer and grant Terms & Conditions
  • A signed grant acceptance form must be completed and returned within the specified time
  • Applicants must submit a post event report, including proof of payments for all items, photographs and outcomes such as number of people in attendance at events, etc.
  • Grants will be paid after the event and before 20th September 2023.

Other grant conditions:

Where a grant is allocated to support a particular event or initiative, LAWPRO will not be responsible for the insurance of that event or initiative. Applicants must ensure that adequate insurance is in place.

LAWPRO will not be responsible for any approvals, permissions, licences, or consents required. It is the applicant/organisers responsibility to ensure that these are in place.

All relevant policies such as Child Protection Policy must be in place by the applicant.

You should base your proposal on the best public health advice and guidance available at the time you are making your application. Further information on Public Health Guidance is available on HSE & Government websites and is updated frequently. https://www.gov.ie/en/ https://www.hse.ie/eng/

Communications Guide for Heritage Week

  • The Heritage Week Theme for 2023 is Living Heritage. It invites you to explore the traditions and practices, knowledge and skills passed down through generations.
  • You must list your event here Home | National Heritage Week 12 – 20 August 2023.
  • Please use the LAWPRO logo on all communications Funding - Download our Logo - Local Authority Water Programme (lawaters.ie)
  • Please document your event through photographs and short video clips.
  • A short post event report is required, including photographs and outcomes such as number of people in attendance at event, etc.
  • Promote your project/event via social media: 
    • Facebook: @LAWPROteam
    • Twitter: @WatersProgramme
    • Hashtags: #CelebrateWater #HeritageWeek2023 #LivingHeritage #WaterHeritage #WaterHeritageDay

Please ensure the application form is fully complete ONLINE



  1. Start (current step)
  2. Complete (not completed)
Contact Information
Location of Project
Region of proposed project

It is mandatory for you to contact your local Community Water Officer, or a member of the LAWPRO team in advance of application Communities Team - Local Authority Water Programme (lawaters.ie)

Cost Item Description Cost -incl VAT

Note in relation to data protection

The personal information (data) which you have submitted on your application for this Water Heritage Day Grants Scheme 2023 including any attachments, (which may include the collection of sensitive personal data) is collected for the purpose of processing the application and any data collected is subject to the privacy policy of LAWPRO which can be found at Privacy Policy - Local Authority Water Programme (lawaters.ie)

I declare that all the information given in this form is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that my personal data used in this form is necessary for processing this grant application. The onus is on me, as the applicant on behalf of my group, to ensure that any permissions or consents are in place. I declare that any expenditure resulting from, or any equipment purchased using this grant aid will become the property of my group and any grant aid awarded will be:

  • Used for the purpose intended.
  • Covered under the insurance policy of my group.
  • Covered under the relevant policies and procedures in place by my group;
  • In compliance with the Terms & Conditions of this scheme.