Heritage Ireland 2030 Consultation

Monaghan County Council Heritage Office will be holding an open information and advice evening from 4:30pm – 8:00pm in the Market House, Monaghan on Thursday 7 February 2019 for anyone interested in engaging with the submission process for the new National Heritage Plan. The last heritage plan was published in 2002, so it’s important to get involved now during this “policy window” as so many things have changed since then, primarily the number of people involved in heritage projects and the growing expertise at a local level. We’d love to help you get involved to make your submission.

Details of the local event in Monaghan:

Heritage Ireland 2030 – Our new National Heritage Plan

Monaghan Have Your Say

The Market House, Monaghan Town.

Thursday 7 February 2019

4:30 – 8:00pm

For details on the National Heritage Plan and the consultation document , please see: https://www.chg.gov.ie/heritage/heritageireland2030/

Have your say:


Community and Environment Grant 2019 Now Open


It is that time of year again. The Community and Environment Grant Scheme is open for applications. Monaghan PPN developed a booklet “A Guide to Developing Grant Applications” to help all of our member groups make sure that they have all of the information they need to write a successful grant application.

Contact Leona Keenan, PPN Resource Worker at Telephone 047 73750 or email ppn@monaghancoco.ie to get a copy of the booklet. To obtain a Community and Environment grant application form and guidelines contact Fionnuala Mulligan at 047 73720 or email communitygrants@monaghancoco.ie

Call For Input – Volunteering Strategy


Attention All PPN Member Groups. Monaghan PPN is giving you  the opportunity to influence future government policy on volunteering.

The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) has issued a Call For Input to inform and seek views from stakeholders on key topics under consideration to develop a National Strategy on Volunteering.

Monaghan PPN believe this is an important document and one that our members should take time to consider. For this reason, we will collaborate with the Monaghan Volunteer Centre and host a consultation workshop in Ballybay Wetlands Centre on Tuesday 29th January at 7.30pm. We would appreciate full support from our members in the making of a submission. Please register to attend by contacting Leona Keenan at 047 73750 or email ppn@monaghancoco.ie

The closing date for submissions is 14th February 2019.

Community Water Development Fund open for applications

The Local Authority Waters Programme are pleased to announce the launch of an open call for applications to a Community Water Development Fund 2019. Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7.00pm.

The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive.

Types of projects considered will include:
– Capital projects such as restoration/habitat conservation/natural flood mitigation measures.
– Projects that promote public awareness/education and events such as biodiversity days, surveys, training workshops, surveys and plans, etc.
– General amenity such as beach clean, improving amenity areas, bird watching facilities, etc.

Grants awarded will range from up to €5,000; up to €10,000 and up to €25,000.
The fund is capped at €180,000 for 2019.

Application Form and Guidance Notes in respect of the Community Water Development Fund 2019 are available to download at http://www.watersandcommunities.ie or by contacting the Waters and Communities Office at 0761 06 5260 or info@lawaters.ie .

PPN Member Groups – Call For Input

The Department of Rural and Community Development have published a Call For Input on the development of a National Volunteering Strategy. The purpose of the call is to ask community groups, volunteers and agencies the struggles and challenges facing volunteers and what can the Government do to ease these challenges through the development of a National Volunteers Strategy.

Monaghan PPN intends to make a submission into this consultation and I will be in touch with all of our members very early in the New Year with details of dates for consultation meetings/workshops.

The deadline for submission to DRCD is 14th February 2019.

Have a very Happy Christmas and I will be in touch with you all early 2019. 


Our new guide ‘Writing Funding Applications’ is now available for download on our website

Our free guide to writing a good funding application, which was launched at our Plenary meeting last week by Monaghan County Council’s Chief Executive, Eamonn O Sullivan, is now available for download from our website.

You can access it by following this link Writing Funding Applications Cover

The Guide is located in the ‘Information’ section of our website, which includes other guidance which may be useful to your group, including how to write a business plan, and information on various sources of funding available to community groups.


Join us in Corcaghan for our AGM Tuesday 27th November 2018

Come along to our AGM to find out about Monaghan County Council’s Future Community Planning projects, launch of our ‘Developing Grant Applications’ booklet and the work carried out by Monaghan PPN in 2018. Refreshments will be served and member groups in attendance will be entered into our 4 x €100 draw. To register to attend contact Leona Keenan at 047 73750 or email ppn@monaghancoco.ie

The AGM takes place in Corcaghan Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to attend.

Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies Training

Monaghan Integrated Development is planning to run an Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies Training Programme. The training is aimed at community groups and enterprises who have an interest in developing their understanding of different types of renewable energy technologies available. As part of the programme, participants will be given support to assess if these technologies would be economically and environmentally beneficial to their community facility or enterprise, and to develop a Renewable Energy Technology Plan that may be used to seek funding from LEADER or other funders. We are planning to run this training from a couple of different locations in Co. Monaghan (likely Monaghan Town and Castleblayney). The course will be delivered 1 session per week over 9 weeks.

The training programme will include the following elements:
• Brief introduction to energy basics & renewable energy
• Energy efficient building design – where do renewable energy technologies work best?
• Solar PV panels and storage
• Wind energy, storage and transport
• Solar thermal systems and heat pumps
• Bioenergy – different sources and outputs
• Site visit to see renewable energy technologies in action
• Developing a renewable energy technology plan
To apply for a place on this training course, a short application form can be downloaded from https://www.midl.ie/index.php/news/98-introductory-training-in-renewable-energy-technologies and emailed to pwoods@midl.ie. If you would like further information about this training, please contact Patricia Woods at the Monaghan Integrated Office on 042 9749500.