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Community Grants

For the past number of years Westmeath County Council has distributed in the region of €450,000 perannum to Community & Voluntary groups in the form of Awards and Grants. This is because the Council recognise the work that the Community & Voluntary sector carry out on a day to day basis and believes that this grouping is one of the most important sectors in the county as they contribute to the quality of life of all citizens.

View our information book in relation to Cathaoirleach Awards & Community Grants 2018:

Cathaoirleach Awards Grants and Community Grants 2018

Cathaoirleach Awards 2018

The Cathaoirleach Awards event scheduled to take place this year on Friday the 18th May 2018 is to honour people or groups who have given special service in their community in County Westmeath. The awards
recognise the role played by many individuals and groups in helping to create a strong and vibrant community.
Westmeath County Council provides a range of Grants to community groups to assist with actions and projects being undertaken in their local area. These grants are intended to sustain community activity and
promote active citizenship.

A 1. Westmeath Person/ Group of the Year Awards

Westmeath Person Group of the Year Award Application Form

A 2. Community Project of the Year Awards

Community Project of the Year Application Form

A 3 Pride of Place in the Community Awards

Pride of Place in Community Application Form

A 4. Schools Environmental Competition

Schools Environmental Competition Application Form

A 5. Tidy Towns Achievement Awards

This Tidy Town Achievement Award is based on the marks obtained in the 2017 National Tidy Towns competition. As these awards are based on marks awarded in the national Tidy Towns competition, you do not need to apply for this award. You will be advised if you are eligible for an award. See our information book at the link above for more infomation on this award.


Community Grants 2018

The purpose of the scheme is to encourage and support local community and voluntary groups to continue to develop and implement community initiatives that have a positive impact on their area and on the County.

B 1. Tidy Towns Grant

Tidy Towns Grant Application Form

B 2. Residents Association

Residents Association Grant Application Form

B 3. Community Action Grant

Community Action Grant Application Form

B 4. STEM Grant – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Grant

STEM Grant Application Form

The Closing date for all applications/nominations for the Cathaoirleach Awards and Community
Grants is Thursday, 5th April 2018.


Festivals and Events Grant Scheme 2018 Round 1 (January - June 2018) 

PLEASE NOTE: Round 1 of this grant scheme for 2018 has now closed and will reopen in May 2018.


Christmas Lighting Grants

Each year Westmeath County Council provides grant support to Community and Voluntary organisations or Chambers of Commerce for grant assistance towards the cost of operating their Christmas Lights in the local town or village.  


Creative Ireland Grants

Creative Ireland is the Government's Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 - a five year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of pubic policy.  Westmeath County Council, in association with Creative Ireland, a Cross Government Iniative, wishes to develop a programme of events as part of the Creative Ireland Programme 2017 - 2022.  Westmeath County Council is currently inviting applications for 2018 Creative Ireland Grants.  Further information is available HERE or contact Ms Miriam Mulrennan, Arts Officer  arts@westmeathcoco.ie or 044 933 2016.