Upland Study Visit Grant Scheme

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

The Closing Date for Applications is Monday August 27th 2018 at 5pm.

Uplands Partnership Management Board…

is a partnership between the Irish Uplands Forum and the Heritage Council. It aims to support community based groups to 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 groups to carry out facilitated study visits to improve their capacity to support sustainable development in their upland areas.

Cornamona Uplands

What Funding is 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.


Types of Projects?

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


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.


How to apply

You must apply online via the online grants system including all supporting documents by Monday August 27th 2018 at 5pm.

For more information Contact: Mary Mulvey, Upland Network Co-ordinator,

Tel 071 9134576/087 6841531


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