Geoheritage Grant Funding

Geological Survey Ireland offers a number of small grants each year to support the sustainable development, promotion and recognition of Ireland's geoheritage. These grants are aimed at local community-driven outreach and development initiatives with a geoheritage theme. The grants are made through an open competitive application process.

Geoheritage Grant Scheme 2020/21

Supporting the development and sustainability of Ireland's geoheritage through community-driven geoscience outreach initiatives, including education, geotourism and geoheritage related site preparation, to promote economic growth.

The grant aid is aimed at supporting small community-driven geoheritage initiatives to assist:

  • the delivery of public outreach, educational and geotourism activities to promote the geoheritage of an area; or
  • the delivery of required educational and geotourism activities to help aspiring projects to develop as de facto geoparks; or
  • the delivery of required educational and geotourism activities, for example helping UNESCO Global Geoparks maintain their UNESCO Global Network status.

Suitable projects could be the publication of a popular book, map or flyer; trail or signage installation; geoheritage related site preparation; product launch, innovative media concepts, online content, etc., that promotes the geology/geoheritage of the area.

For information relating to the 2020 Geoheritage Grant Application Process (Download here)

Woolly Mammoths, Waterford Volcanoes, First Steps on Land and a Walking Trail from America to Donegal - 2020/21 Grant Awards.

Geological Survey Ireland has awarded Geoheritage grants to six community-based projects around the country. The funds, valued at up to €10,000 each, are available under the Geoheritage Grant Scheme run by the Geoheritage Programme in Geological Survey Ireland. They support the development and publication of educational and outreach materials by local groups, established geotourism sites, aspiring geoparks and UNESCO Global Geoparks. The aim of the fund is to encourage the telling of the Irish geological story, improve the understanding of geoscience, and to engage with groups throughout the country.