Kildare County Council Community Grant Schemes

  • Community Grant
  • Festival Grant
  • Residents’ Association Grant (Private)
  • Residents’ Association Grant (Local Authority)
Closing date: 10th March 2023

Community Support Fund 2023

The Community Support Fund 2023 for Running/Operating Costs and/or Capital Projects/Equipment is now open for applications.

Closing date: Friday 24th of February 2023

Kildare County Council announces Creative Ireland, Arts Grants, Commissions and Bursary Award opportunities for 2023

Kildare County Council has published details of 19 separate grants, commissions and bursary award opportunities to support the development and presentation of creative and artistic projects in the county in 2023. Applications will be accepted from individual artists and creatives, arts collectives, community groups, youth groups and schools.

Heritage Council Funding

Up to €4m available for heritage projects under new rounds of Heritage Council funding schemes
The four schemes are:
  • Heritage Capacity Fund:
  • Heritage Stewardship Scheme:.
  • Historic Towns Initiative:
  • City and County Heritage Plan Funding:

Waterways Ireland Heritage in the Community Grant Scheme

A fund of €20,000 has been allocated to assist community based heritage projects which compliment or fulfil the delivery of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan along the Barrow Navigation, Erne System, Grand Canal, Lower Bann, Royal Canal, Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Ulster Canal (Upper Lough Erne to Clones).


Closing Date: 31st January 2023.

Community and Voluntary Sector Energy Support Scheme

The Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS) provides for a once-off payment to eligible charities and community voluntary sector organisations for their energy costs for 2022.


Closing Date: 20th of January 2023.

European Youth Foundation Pilot Activity Grant 

The aim of pilot activity grants is to support actions which address young people’s needs or challenges at a local level. The actions have a clear link to the local context and address the priorities of the youth sector of the Council of Europe.  individuals, particularly in rural areas without a car, are unable to access services in the main urban centres.

Social Transport


The Social Transport Fund that is aimed at assisting individuals and groups with once off transport needs.

The establishment of a social transport fund fills a gap in the region where many community and voluntary groups are unable to afford transport to engage in social activities and individuals, particularly in rural areas without a car, are unable to access services in the main urban centres.

The Social Inclusion Fund will provide a minimum of 25% and a maximum of 75% funding towards trips which must take place between July and December 2022.

Energy for Generations Fund

Charities working in the areas of suicide prevention, homelessness and education access and support can apply to the Fund for project specific funding.

Every quarter ESB allocates an amount from the Fund for disbursement. The amount may vary because of the volume of applications received or seasonal considerations – wintertime and Christmas may require more funding than summer.

Life Funding

All LIFE Calls for proposals 2022 are expected to be published on the Funding & tender opportunities portal on 17 May 2022.

Anticipated submission deadlines:

  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs) for circular economy and quality of life, nature and biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation sub-programmes: 4 October 2022
  • LIFE Action Grants for clean energy transition sub-programme: 16 November 2022
  • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) and Strategic Nature Projects (SNAPs):
    • Concept notes: 8 September 2022
    • Full proposals: 7 March 2023
  • Technical Assistance preparation for SIPs and SNAPs: 8 September 2022                    
  • Specific Operating Grant Agreements (SGA OG) for non-profit making entities: 21 September 2022

Transitional LEADER Funding

This funding will support locally-led projects which focus on many of the key themes of Our Rural Future such as building capacity and empowering local communities, embracing opportunities in the green economy, supporting remote working and the digital transformation, developing our outdoor amenities and creating jobs in rural areas.

For further details, contact County Kildare LEADER Partnership

Tel: 045 – 895450


Arts Council Funding

Discover what funding is available from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Better Energy Communities

Better Energy Communities is our national retrofit initiative with grant support of up to €28 million for 2021. SEAI support new approaches to achieving energy efficiency in Irish communities. Upgrades can take place across building types to reduce energy use and costs throughout the community. We aim to deliver energy savings to homeowners, communities, and private sector organisations. All projects should be community oriented with a cross-sectoral approach, and you must show that you can sustainably finance the proposed project.