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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.


Festivals and Events Grant Scheme 2019 Round 1 (Feb - June 2019) 

Westmeath County Council is now inviting grant applications for Festival and Events happening between February and June 2019. Please refer to the application form for full details.

Please note;

  • Applications must be fully completed and returned by Monday the 25th February.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

As there is a limited amount of funding, preference will be given to events that;

  • attract increased visitor numbers for the area.
  • increase economic activity for the local area.
  • events that involve significant voluntary and community input.

To draw down any grant amount you will be required to submit;

  • Verified costs (receipts & invoices) showing the event expenditure and that the event did not make a profit.
  • Proof that Westmeath County Council have been acknowledged for their support.  

For the application Form please click Festival and Events Grant Application 2019

If you require further information please call 044-93-32217

Community Enhancement Programme (Additional Funding)

The Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) is a new programme for 2018.  It builds on and replaces the Communities Facilities Scheme and the recast RAPID programme, which launched in 2017.

The CEP provides funding to communities across Westmeath to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas. This Programme closed in July of this year but there has been further funding made available from the Dapartment of Rural and Community Development. We are currently inviting applications from Community Groups for Capital Projects ranging in value from €5,000 to €40,000.


  • The timeframes to have the project complete are extremely short so only applications where the Community Group has displayed the ability to have the project complete, in the timeframes outlined, will be considered.

  • Applications for funding will not be considered without the REQUIRED 3 QUOTATIONS.

  • Projects are required to follow procurement rules where applicable. (E-Tenders may be applicablee for certain projects over €25,000)


Closing date for applications is the 22nd of October.

For application forms and application details please click here CEP Additional Funding Application 2018

If you require further information you can contact the Community Development Section at 044-93-32215 or by email at dce@westmeathcoco.ie

Christmas Lighting Grants 2018

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. 

Applications are closed for 2018.


Cathaoirleach Awards 2019

The Cathaoirleach Awards are 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.

Cathaoirleach Award Applications are Closed for 2018  


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.  

Creative Ireland Grants Applications are Closed for 2018  - Re opens for applications in 2019. 

Further information contact Ms Miriam Mulrennan, Arts Officer  arts@westmeathcoco.ie or 044 933 2016.