External Funding Streams Currently Open:

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.  


Limerick Grants Under the Arts Act Funding

The Limerick Grants Under the Arts Act Funding 2021 is now open for applications. Limerick City and County Council offers grant funding to amateur, community or voluntary groups, or organizations, and individual arts practitioners, which in the opinion of the authority, will stimulate public interest in the arts, promote the knowledge, appreciation, and practice of the arts or assist in improving the standards of the arts.

The awards can be used for the professional development of artists, the arts and increasing access and participation in the arts. 

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 4 pm.


Creative Ireland Made in Limerick Grants 

The Creative Ireland Made in Limerick Grants 2021 are now open for applications. These grants are offered as part of Limerick Creative Ireland Programme to deliver activities taking place in 2021. It is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing, enhance cross-sectoral collaboration and add value to work that is already being undertaken.

Made in Limerick Grants 2021 aims to support the implementation of the Creative Ireland objectives in Limerick, specifically Pillar 2 of Creative Ireland Programme 2017 -2022: Enabling Creativity in Every Community.

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 4 pm.


HSE National Lottery Funding Grants

Applications are now being invited by the HSE for National Lottery Funding Grants. This funding is distributed by the HSE each year to community-based groups and voluntary organizations under the Respite Care Grant Scheme and the National Lottery Grant Scheme.

Groups and organizations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services can apply for one-off funding of between €500 and €10,000 for suitable projects. Note that public bodies including the HSE are not eligible to apply for this funding. 

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Friday 16th April 2021.


CLÁR Scheme 2021

The CLÁR Scheme 2021 has been launched by the DRCD and is now open for applications for all CLÁR areas. This scheme makes provision for small-scale infrastructural projects in rural areas. It promotes sustainable development and it aims to attract people to live and work in the areas it covers.

There is a 10% National increase in funding for 2021, bringing the allocation to €5.5m, and it covers the following 4 Measures: 

  1. Schools / Community Safety Measures
  2. Outdoor community Recreation Facilities - Including playgrounds, MUGAs, and amenities for teenagers/young adults through facilities such as skateboard parks. Upgrades to existing playgrounds, MUGAs, skateboard parks are also eligible.
  3. Community Well-being Measure - a) Community Gardens and allotments and b) mobility and cancer care transport.
  4. New Innovation Measure

 CLÁR Online Application (Limerick)

Closing Date: Friday 16th April 2021.


Ireland's Reimagine Placemaking Programme  

The Irish Architecture Foundation has launched an open call for communities around Ireland to apply to their Reimagine placemaking programme. Four successful projects will receive support from the Irish Architecture Foundation and its Reimagine Professional Panel to develop projects which will improve the built environment of their local community

This programme is open to applications from: Voluntary and Community Organisations; Non-Profits; Cultural Organisations; Local Authorities; Public Bodies.

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Sunday 16th May 2021.


Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools Funding 2021 

In 2021 the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will operate a fund for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools to support the high-level goal of the department in relation to enhancing access to the arts, culture and film sectors and recognising the social and economic role of these sectors in Ireland.

Find out More/Apply Online

Closing Date: Friday 23rd April 2021.


Community Monuments Fund 2021

The Community Monuments Fund 2021 is now open. The aim of the fund is to help custodians and owners of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of local communities and the visiting public. In addition, they will provide support for heritage professions and job opportunities in building conservation and other traditional skills.

The core aims of the Community Monuments Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments. Funding is available for:

  • Conservation works to monuments that are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support
  • Works to improve access to and presentation of monuments
  • Building resilience into monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.

Find out More/Apply Online 

Closing Date: Friday 30th April 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 organisations 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.