External Funding Streams Currently Open:

Cork Community Enhancement Programme 2021

Cork County Council invite applications for funding under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Community Enhancement Programme 2021.

The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) provides funding to community groups across Ireland to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas and is administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area.

This iteration of the CEP will provide:

  • Grants towards projects or equipment enhancing facilities (similar to previous years)
  • One-off grants towards costs associated with reopening of a facility or the sustainability of a facility.

Find out more/Apply Online

Closing Date: Friday, July 2nd, 2021


Limerick Community Enhancement Programme 2021

Limerick City and County Council and Limerick Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) invite applications for funding under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Community Enhancement Programme 2021.

What projects are eligible for funding?

The following provides a non-exhaustive list of projects that could receive funding under the programme:

  • Development/renovation of community centres
  • Once off maintenance of premises.
  • Community amenities
  • Development of youth clubs or facilities
  • Development of sports/recreation facilities

Find out more/Apply Online

Closing Date: Friday, July 9th, 2021


Limerick Festivals and Events Grant Scheme

The Limerick Festivals and Events Grant Scheme 2021/22 is now open for applications. 

This competitive grant scheme, offers the opportunity for funding under three Strands, for Festivals and Events taking place from 1st October 2021 and 30th September 2022.

The three strands of funding are:

  • Strand 1: Delivery and Programming of Small and Community focused Festivals and Events
  • Strand 2: Delivery and Programming of Medium and Large Scale Festivals and Events
  • Strand 3: Festival Development and Sustainability

Find out more/Apply Online

Closing Date: 4 pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021

Limerick City and County Council is seeking expressions of interest from town/village community groups and/or business interests who may have suitable projects for consideration under the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

A maximum of 8 proposals can be selected for progression to full application stage. The minimum grant funding available is €20,000 and the maximum grant funding available is €500,000.

Download Scheme Outlines

Expression of Interest Form

Closing Date: 4 pm Friday, June 18th, 2021.


Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure. It also provides support for the necessary repair, maintenance, enhancement, or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland.

It provides funding for:

  • Development, extensions, and repair of trails, walkways, and cycleways
  • Improved access to outdoor leisure or recreational facilities
  • Development of outdoor recreational infrastructure

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Wednesday, 30th June 2021.


Town and Village Renewal Scheme

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is targeted at towns and villages with a population of 10,000 or less and all projects funded under the Scheme must be completed within a 12 to 18 month period. 

The 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme will place particular emphasis on projects supporting remote working and enhancing town centre living. The minimum grant is available is €20,000, the maximum grant available is being raised this year to €500,000. The increase is being made to align the scheme with the type of projects and level of ambition identified in “Our Rural Future”.

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Friday, 16th of July 2021.


Creative Schools Initiative

The Creative Schools initiative supports schools/centers to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. Participating schools/centers will be provided with a package of supports that includes working with a Creative Associate, training and networking to support them to create their Creative School Plan, as well as seed funding to begin to implement their Plan. 

Successful schools will receive €4,000 to implement their plans over the school years 2021–22 and 2022–23.

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Thursday, 10th of June 2021 at 5:30 pm


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.  


Arts Council announces more than 30 funding opportunities for 2021

On January 26th The Arts Council announced more than 30 awards and funding schemes for 2021, designed to give to a wide range of artists and arts organizations the opportunity to apply for support. The state agency for funding and developing the arts said it was publishing the opening and closing dates for all of its schemes through to December.

Among the schemes and awards published are:

  • Bursary Awards - second-round opens on 25 May and closes on 24 June.
  • Commissions Awards - opens on 30 March, closes 29 April
  • Project Awards - opens on 30 March, closes 29 April
  • Arts Grant Funding - Opens on 13 April, closes on 27 May

List of 2021 Arts Council Funding Opportunities


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.