Community Engagement

Applications are now invited to the CatchmentCARE  Community Incentive Scheme (CIS), which support cross border ‘catchment improvement projects’ in the Arney, Blackwater and Finn catchments.

The scheme will help interested parties to contribute to improved management of river catchments and is open to volunteer groups, community groups and NGOs, schools and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs, not for profit organisations and farming groups. Funding up to €25,000 is available to implement innovative ideas to help connect communities with their local rivers.

The Project Catchment Officers assigned to the Arney, Blackwater and Finn Catchments along with other CatchmentCARE staff will help groups to develop a project idea and proposal for submission for funding under the Community Incentive Scheme. This approach will ensure that the project will work with a local community to develop proposals and embed local community governance and local decision-making on catchment management.

For proposals, which are subsequently approved for funding, the Project Catchment Officers will continue to assist the groups involved to develop the proposal fully and prepare the initiative for procurement and implementation.

The closing date for the current round of funding is 4pm on Friday 4th October 2019. For further  information, visit, email, or contact your local  Project Catchment Officer as listed below:

Contact details for CatchmentCARE Project Catchment Officers
Applications are encourage to make contact with the relevant Catchment Officer to help develop their proposals.

Arney Catchment: Lisa Doyle...
Black waterCatchment: Tom Woods...
Finn Catchment: Sean Gallanagh...

Application form (pdf version) - Download CIS application form here
Application form (word version) – Download CIS application form here 
Application Form Guidance NotesDownload Application Guidance Notes
CIS Launch Brochure - Download the CIS Brochure here