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Festivals and Events Grant Scheme 2020 Round 2 - Extended Deadline

Westmeath County Council offers grant support for Festival and Events that are held within the county.

The purpose of the scheme is to encourage and promote local events particularly events that involve significant voluntary input and generate increased economic and community activity for the local area.

Round 2 is now open for applications for events & festivals planned to take place between July and December 2020.

For further information please contact Community Development Section, Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. 
Tel: 044-93-32051 or email communitygrants@westmeathcoco.ie

Download the application form to apply Festival & Events Round 2 Extended date

Round 2 has now been extended, closing date for completed applications is Friday 24th July 2020.


Community Enhancement Programme 2020 Now Open for Applications

Westmeath County Council is currently inviting grant applications for the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme.
The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) provides funding to communities across Westmeath to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas.

The CEP is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).  
Funding is available for capital projects only such as facilities in disadvantaged areas.

Details of the Community Enhancement Programme 2020 - CEP 2020 Details

Application Form 2020 - CEP Application Form

Application Guidelines 2020 - CEP 2020 Guidelines

Closing Date - Friday 7th August by 5pm

If you require further information you can contact the Community Development Section at 044-93-32051 or by email at dce@westmeathcoco.ie


Covid-19 Emergency Fund - Round 2 - Closed

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund is a grant programme to provide funding to groups that are directly involved in a Community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by the Local Authority.

Westmeath County Council invited applications for Round 2 of the Covid 19 Emergency Fund from organisations directly involved in the Community Call response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application process for this fund is now closed



Westmeath Community Development Section is here to support our community groups.

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


Community Grants and Awards

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. 

Community Grants and Awards 2020 Now Closed

Community Grants

Westmeath County Council provides a range of Grants to community groups to assist with day to day operations, activities and projects being undertaken in their local area. These grants are intended to sustain community activity and promote active citizenship.

 Please note that all applicant groups must be a member of Westmeath Public Participation Network (WPPN) and have a tax number (can be obtained from Revenue Offices) in order for grants to be issued to them.

Community Awards

The Community Awards 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 and county.

NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Community/ Cathaoirleach Awards Night has been postponed. This will be kept under review and a new date may be set later in the year


Christmas Lighting Grants (Closed)

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. 

For further information please contact 044-93-32051 or email dce@westmeathcoco.ie


Creative Ireland Grants - Open for 2020

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.  

Please click here for application form and further details.

For further information contact Ms Miriam Mulrennan, Arts Officer  arts@westmeathcoco.ie or 044-93-32016.