Upland Study Visit Grant Scheme

Financial support is now available to upland groups to carry out facilitated study visits to improve their capacity to support sustainable development in their upland areas.

Introduction

The Uplands Partnership Management Board (a partnership between the Irish Uplands Forum and the Heritage Council) has the objective of assisting community based groups carry out projects concerned with sustainable development in the Uplands. A co-ordinator, Mary Mulvey, was appointed in 2017. Financial support is now available to upland groups to carry out facilitated study visits to improve their capacity to support sustainable development in their upland areas.

How to apply
You must apply online for our grant scheme via our online grants system from 27th July 2018. We do not provide or accept paper forms.

To consider your application, we must receive your online application along with supporting documents by: Monday August 27th 2018 at 5pm. Applications, or additional information will not be accepted after this time. We will let you know whether your application is successful or not in mid September 2018.

Funding available
The Heritage Council has allocated in the region of €46,000 to this scheme in 2018. The scheme will be competitive and the average grant awarded is estimated to be in the region of €5,000.

Grant scheme criteria

Eligibility
An eligible group is based in an upland area who wishes to improve their capacity to support upland sustainable development. While altitude >150m is an obvious indicator it is accepted that upland conditions are not solely defined by altitude. Land of upland character will be principal
criteria. Altitude is thus of lesser significance.

The applicant group must have a current bank/credit union account in its own name.

Who can apply?
The scheme is open to eligible groups throughout the island of Ireland:
• not-for-profit voluntary and community groups,
• heritage-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs),
• companies limited by guarantee,
• charitable trusts,
• co-operatives
Applications from other organisations or individuals will not be considered for funding.

What type of project does this scheme cover?
Funding is to support a facilitated study visit and will cover costs incurred by both the visitor and host communities including the services of a facilitator. This visit should be to an upland area which has a locally based group working on projects concerned with one or more issues related to upland sustainable development.

Possible topics for this visit will be determined by the applicant and could be locally led agrienvironmental schemes; community based partnership structures; path management and repair; managed controlled burning infrastructure (grouse management); visitor management and local
authority involvement; or/and community benefits from upland tourism.

Download the Upland Study Visit Grant Scheme Information Booklet 

Contact

Mary Mulvey
Upland Network Co-ordinator
Tel 071 9134576/087 6841531