Some 15 projects in Mayo were approved for funding under the Community Water Development Fund of LAWPRO. The total grants offered amounted to these Mayo groups came to over €41,000. The Mayo projects are listed below. Mayo groups submitted a long list of projects – the longest list from any county. The full list of 182 nationwide projects to a total value of €510,000 is available on the LAWPRO website. There are plenty of project ideas here – download the full list as a pdf.
The Mayo Projects:
|Applicant||Project Title||Grant Offered|
|Lough Carra Catchment Association||Lough Carra’s waterlife (aquatic/terrestrial form), ecologist guided, hands-on lakeshore experience for local schools and community.||€4,000.00|
|Decarbonise Westport & Westport Tidy Towns||Seagrass Survey Project at Clew Bay.||€2,000.00|
|Mulranny Environmental Group||Bunahowna River Nature Corridor – site assessment by an ecologist.||€500.00|
|Baile slachtmhar Beal an Mhuirthead / Belmullet Tidy Towns||Water walk / Slí Uisce – storyboard, planting, walkway markers.||€1,420.00|
|Belcarra Tidy Towns||Creating a Blue Dot Way between the Belcarra Riverside Walk and Walshpool Lake.||€1,000.00|
|Glencorrib & Cross Anglers||Ballynalty river Riparian zone protection – planting.||€1,450.00|
|River Moy Trust||Pollagh River fencing project.||€5,500.00|
|Bonniconlon Village Enhancement and Tidy Towns||Stream improvement for biodiversity reasons in our community – removal of conifers from along a stream to be replaced by native pollinator friendly planting.||€3,000.00|
|Bohola Community Park Committee||Pond creation for Bohola Community Biodiversity Park.||€5,000.00|
|Mayo Gaels GAA Club||Mayo Abbey stormwater management and Wetland development.||€4,200.00|
|River Moy Search and Rescue Ballina CLG||Enhancement of Enormous Tufa Habitat / Clearance of Scrub.||€4,603.00|
|Ballyhaunis Community Council Clg||Annagh/Cartron Basin Habitat: Feasibility study incorporating a habitat management plan to assess rehabilitation of the lake .||€2,096.00|
|Castlebar Tidy Towns||Bee Way: Educate, Protect, Restore the Flora and Fauna on the Lough Lannagh – Turlough Greenway. Completion of Ecological Survey.||€4,413.24|
|Lough Carra Catchment Association||Restoration of Ballintubber Waterbody Riverbank via fencing and installation of cattle water drinkers.||€2,000.00|
|Straide Community Development Group (SCDG)||Straide Spring Wells – water testing.||€500.00|
Types of projects approved for funding include:
– River and habitat enhancement works such as planting of native species and hedgerow, pollinator friendly planting, river-bank stabilisation, fencing and riparian buffer zones.
– Match funding for large LEADER funded projects with a biodiversity/water quality element.
– Preparation of local plans such as feasibility studies, habitat management plans, ecological surveys, and biodiversity action plans.
– Awareness raising initiatives such as river clean ups, biodiversity information boards, citizen science workshops, outdoor classrooms, rainwater harvesting, and enhancement of wetlands.