Don’t miss the chance to apply for a grant for your Cork Community

Do you live in a community which is committed to working on their local biodiversity? 

Well, if so, why not consider applying for a grant from the Community Foundation for Ireland in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service? 

The grants are in order to help groups label, map and devise a strategy to enhance their communities’ local nature.  

The available grants vary in value but can be worth up to €10,000. 

The scheme has been put in place in order to help tackle the threat that littering, climate change and human interaction has put on our local bio diversities. 

The grants were created as part of the ‘Seeds for Nature’ commitment at Ireland’s National Biodiversity Conference in 2019 and this is the third year they are available. 

There are three strands that the people of Cork and Ireland, are invited to apply for the grants under. 

Each of the strands would enable your group to work with an ecologist to create a Community Biodiversity Plan to develop and deliver real results. 

The three strands of the grants available are: 

  • Strand One:  

This strand offers grants of up to €5,000 for community groups to work alongside an ecologist to classify their local habitats, assess their local biodiversity’s condition, map it, and define actions on how to enhance it. 

  • Strand Two:  

This strand offers grants of up to €7,500 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with one or two land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their local biodiversity’s condition, map it, and define actions on how to enhance it. 

  • Strand Three: 

This strand offers grants of up to €10,000 for community groups who carry out the work outlined in Strand 1 in collaboration with three to five land managers/owners to classify habitats at landscape scale with a focus on field boundaries (hedgerows, treelines and stone walls), assess their local biodiversity’s condition, map it, and define actions on how to enhance it. 

How to apply: 

Applications opened earlier this week on the 11th of October and will remain open until the 12th of November 2021. 

The grants will be created in January of 2022 and work will be carried out from February to November of 2022. 

You can find out more details on how to apply  here. 


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