As set out in the Cemetery Policy adopted by Westmeath County Council in May 2017, a scheme of Community Cemetery Maintenance Grants is being introduced to contribute financially to local groups who carry out cemetery maintenance/improvement works and incur expenses associated with their local cemetery. A grant up to a maximum of €750 may be made available to successful applicants.
It is envisaged that only a limited number of local committees can be grant aided in any one year therefore it will be necessary to prioritise on the basis of:-
1.1 Proven maintenance needs of cemetery
1.2 Available financial or resource contribution from the Community
1.3 Presence of an active committee
1.4 Appropriate Work Programme
1.5 Compliance with the requirements of Councils Municipal District, Heritage Officer, National Monuments Service and National Parks & Wildlife
Application forms and guidance document can be downloaded here WCC Cemetery Grant scheme 2019 or by contacting:
Westmeath County Council,
Áras an Chontae,
Tel 044 9332166 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for receipt of completed applications for the 2019 Scheme has been extended to Wednesday 20th March, 2019. Late applications cannot be considered.
Full details of the scheme are given on the above guidance document.
Please note that your local cemetery may be subject to the National Monuments Act or may be a protected structure under the Planning Act and therefore you may need specialist advice if undertaking any works other than routine maintenance.