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Supporting our Communities – Westmeath Community Development Section is here to support our Community Groups.
We endeavour to ensure all our Community Groups are supported to apply for the various grants, awards and nominations appropriate to their group or area.

Westmeath Public Participation Network and Westmeath County Council Community Development Section will be hosting resource and funding walk-in clinics for community groups.

Funding Clinic 2024

Come to a free and practical walk-in clinic, where you will be provided with information on the supports and funding opportunities currently available and how it can be accessed

Practical support covers: 

  • How to fill out a successful application form
  • Tips on getting prepared, documentation and information required
  • Support to recognise what funding your group can apply for
  • Support completing the PPN affiliation form
  • Support completing revenue form to request Tax registration for non-profit voluntary community group
  • Support completing funding and grants applications


Resource and funding workshops were hosted on the 29th January 2024 in Athlone and 31st January 2024 in Mullingar. All presentations from these workshops are available through this link Westmeath PPN.


Applications are now invited from Community and Voluntary groups in County Westmeath for funding from the Local Enhancement Programme.

The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.  

This funding will help communities, community groups and committees, allowing them to continue to provide valuable services to the people in their area, and in the process strengthen the bonds that tie communities together. There is also additional ringfenced funding for Women’s Groups. 

The Local Enhancement Programme 2024 is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Please see the following link for a press release on the launch of the Local Enhancement Programme at national level by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD: 

Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce €6 million Department of Rural & Community Development Local Enhancement Programme 2024

It will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas with funding to carry out necessary repairs and improvements to their facilities, energy efficiency type projects and purchase of equipment.

Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is responsible for allocating funding to projects. 

The CLOSING DATE for receipt of completed applications is by Friday 16th February 2024.

Local Enhancement Programme - Application forms & Guidelines


Westmeath County Council is now inviting applications for grant support for Festivals and Events to be held in the period January to June 2024.

The purpose of the scheme is to encourage and promote events particularly events of a scale as to be added to the Westmeath Calendar of Events for 2024. The events should involve significant voluntary input and should attract increased visitor numbers to Westmeath to generate increased economic activity for the local area. 

You can apply for this funding online by clicking the button below:


For further enquiries please contact the Community Development Section, by email at communitygrants@westmeathcoco.ie or telephone 044 9332051.

This application process will close on Friday 1st of March 2024.

In applying to the scheme, the applicant is responsible for organising, managing and holding the event in compliance with all Covid-19 Government, Public Health and HSE guidelines in operation at the time of the event. Please see the guidelines and criteria for this grant for further details.

Guidelines for Festival and Events 2024 Round 1


For the past number of years Westmeath County Council has distributed over €450,000 per annum to Community & Voluntary groups in the form of Awards and Grants. This is because the Council recognises and values the work that the Community & Voluntary sector carry out on a day-to-day basis and believes that this sector is one of the most important in the county as it contributes to the quality of life of all citizens. 

Westmeath County Council is now inviting ONLINE applications for the following Grants:

• Community Action Grant
• Tidy Towns Grant
• Residents Associations Grant



All applications must be submitted by 5pm Friday 1st of March 2024.

To help you with your application please click here for a downloadable document with the required information for the application. Online Application forms questions 2024

When you are ready to start your application please click the Apply here button below or go to www.westmeathcoco.ie to the Community grants page for the link

If you are unable to access the online application form or you need any further details please call the Community Development Section at 044 9332051 or by email at communitygrants@westmeathcoco.ie 


Westmeath County Council is now inviting applications for the following Awards: 


To apply please click on the link/s above to download an application form and return by email to communitygrants@westmeathcoco.ie

Closing date for grants & Awards application is on Friday 1st March 2024. 




Grants may become available throughout the year. All details of new grants will be available here. Please check back for future grants.

If you have any queries or you are looking for information our email address is communitygrants@westmeathcoco.ie and telephone number 044-93-32051.


To ensure your group is kept informed of the latest available grant, please register for the

Westmeath Public Participation Network (PPN). 


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