External Funding Streams Currently Open:

Town and Village Streetscape Enhancement Scheme

Applications are invited from within the following towns and villages for funding of streetscape and shopfront enhancement projects under the 2021 Town and Village Streetscape Enhancement scheme.

The maps below outline the eligible areas within the selected towns:

  • Abbeyfeale (see map here)
  • Askeaton (see map here)
  • Bruff (see map here)
  • Kilmallock (see map here)
  • Newcastle West (see map here)
  • Rathkeale (see map here)

The focus of this measure is to support the upgrade and enhancement of shopfronts and street facades of defined areas within selected rural town/village centers.

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Tuesday, 7th September 2021.

BIKE WEEK 2021: Grants Available

Limerick Sports clubs, groups, communities, schools, workplaces, and individuals are invited to apply for Grant Applications for running cycling-related initiatives in Limerick during this year's Bike Week. 

Grant funding of up to €500 is available to support people who want to run their own cycling-inspired event.

As part of National Bike Week, Limerick City and County Council organizes a week of events in workplaces, campuses, schools, and communities, all centered around a shared love of cycling.

Find out more/Apply Online

Closing Date: Friday, 27th August 2021 at 2pm.

Tourism Business Continuity Scheme

The Tourism Business Continuity Scheme is a programme of funding designed to support strategic tourism businesses survive through the pandemic and be there to help drive the recovery of tourism.

Phases 4 and 5 of the Strategic Tourism Business Continuity Scheme will provide financial support to visitor attractions, outdoor tourism activity operators and tourism accommodation providers.  Earlier phases of the Tourism Business Continuity Programme prioritised the provision of funding to a wide spectrum of tourism businesses who were unable to qualify for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS). 

Phase 4 will support eligible visitor attractions and outdoor activity operators, including tourism golf courses and boat tour operators. The maximum grant amount is €800,000. 

Phase 5 will apply to eligible Fáilte Ireland approved tourism accommodation providers such as hotels, guesthouses, hostels, holiday camps, caravan and camping parks, self-catering and B&Bs. The maximum grant amount is €800,000. 

Both Schemes are open for applications.

Find Out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Friday, 17th September 2021 at 12 noon.

Tiny Little Histories 

Creative Communities Midwest and The GAFF are seeking submissions from community-based arts organizations and communities to dig deep to find untold histories about the Mid West. Histories that have been passed down through the years and have yet to be told. These histories will be presented in the community in November 2021.

This presentation might be a performance, a reading, a digital presentation via audio or film, or a similar event.

Find out more/Apply Online

Closing Date: Wednesday, 1st September 2021

Cork Community Development Initiative 2021

Online Applications for Cork Community Development Initiative are now open. Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Gillian Coughlan is encouraging local community groups in Cork to apply for between €1,000 and €25,000 euro to fund capital development projects.

The initiative can be used by community groups to enhance facilities in communities or to kick-start, advance, or complete their projects.

Find out more/Apply Online

Closing Date: 4 pm Friday, 17th September 2021

Agility Award 2021

The Agility Award was developed to support people following the COVID-19 crisis and is open to all community members regardless of your gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community, or socio-economic background. 

This award aims to support individual professional freelance artists and arts workers at any stage in their careers to do one or more of the following:

  • Develop their practice

  • Develop their work

  • Develop their skills

  • Create new work

  • Present new work

Closing Date: Thursday, 9th September, 2021

Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme

Fáilte Ireland’s new Outdoor Dining Enhancement Investment Scheme, in partnership with Local Authorities, will work to facilitate greater capacity in outdoor dining by supporting Local Authorities and hospitality businesses with upgrading and enhancing streets and public spaces and implementing weather-proofing solutions which will facilitate year-round outdoor dining.

The Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme consist of 2 elements: 
  1. Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business.
  2. Weatherproofing & Outdoor Dining Infrastructure.

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Thursday, 30th of September 2021.  

Community Foundation for Ireland Covid-19 Response Fund:

The Fund is aimed at the immediate needs of organisations impacted by Covid-19 and supporting: people over 60; those with respiratory illnesses or cancer; people experiencing domestic abuse; isolated vulnerable people and families, particularly those in rural areas; and those with mental health issues.  Grants of €1,000 to €10,000 available.  

Closing Date: temporary closed (sign up for the newsletter to receive updates)

Other useful funding resources

Community Finance Ireland is an all-island social enterprise which provides social loan finance to the not for profit sector. 

Clann Credo provides loan finance to social enterprises and community enterprises at affordable interest and repayment rates.

The Social Innovation Fund provides grants and business supports to support social innovation and social enterprise development.

Enterprise Ireland provides grants, training and technical support for high potential start-up businesses.

Microfinance Ireland provides small loans through the Government’s Microenterprise Loan Fund to help start ups and established businesses to get the finance they need for their business.

For funding streams available through Ballyhoura Development, click here.