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.
In the 2021/22 round of grant funding, Geological Survey Ireland has awarded Geoheritage grants to seven community-based projects around the country. These grants will 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.
Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
Digitisation, Assessment and Presentation of Threats to Copper Coast Geopark Geoheritage using novel Geotechnical Monitoring Tools
Irish Iron Heritage Foundation CLG
As part of the International Furnace Festival in August an open-air museum will be established with permanent objects and information panels on the past extraction and smelting of local iron ore with special focus on the local siderite and its relation to the geology of the Burren. Guided tours will be provided.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Delivering the story of our Geoheritage through a popular book in both hard copy and digital version and guided walks.
The focus will be on the generation of county specific, highly graphic maps, infographics and imagery along with professionally scripted interpretive content to maximise impact of the communications in print, in person and online.
Joyce Country and Western Lakes geopark
This project will develop a geotrail on the Mám Éan section of the Western Way in Conemara, Co Galway. The geological setting, in particular the Dalradian rock exposures over the Maumturk range will act as a focus point towards possible future integration of the Western Way in the International Appalachian Trail.
Lisdoonvarna Historical Society
Construction of a replica of the local geological stratigraphy providing a clear visual and tactile structure that demonstrates the main geological features of the Lisdoonvarna area. Highlighting the link between the original spring wells of Lisdoonvarna and local geology adding to local awareness of geoheritage understanding will promote the value to this aspect of the town, and its geotourism.
Slieveardagh Mining Group
To produce a map of the geoheritage of coal mining in Slieveardagh based on the geology and coal mining heritage of the area and a collection of stories from the mines told by miners. This map will be given to local schools, libraries and community groups and will enhance local ability to tell the story of The Slieveardagh Coalfield.
Historic Graves Project
A Pilot Project to fit the built heritage of historic graveyards into their geoheritage context, identifying where possible, quarry locations matching different phases of building construction from the early medieval period onwards.
This is a collaboration with community-focussed geologists to delve into the geoheritage of our historic graveyards.