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Water Grants

Ellis Well Drilling - Grant Information

Water Well Grants:

The objective of the grant scheme is to assist households dependent on private individual water supplies.

The scheme does not apply to homes to which a public or group scheme water supply has already been provided or can reasonably be provided.

NB: Works carried out before a prior inspection by the local authority do not qualify under the scheme.


A person is eligible for a grant if he or she is -

…where the supply of water concerned is a supply other than a public or group scheme supply. ( A group water scheme is a scheme providing a private supply of water by means of a common or shared source of supply and distribution system.).

A person is not eligible for a grant if , in the opinion of the local authority -

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Qualifying Works:

Works qualify under the scheme where they are undertaken to provide or improve a supply of water for domestic purposes in a house and they consisit of one or more of the following:

Works do not qualify where, in the opinion of the local authority:

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Prior Inspection:

The local authority will carry out a prior inspection to:

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Approved Cost:

The approved cost, the amount on the basis of which the amount of the grant is calculated, is determined by the local authority. It is an estimate of the reasonable cost of qualifying works.

Amount Of Grant:

The amount of the grant will be:

whichever is the lesser.

Certificate of Provisional Approval:

Where the local authority has:

…it will issue a Certificate of Provisional Approval to applicant.

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Carrying out of works:

After receipt of a Certificate of Provisional Approval, the works concerned may commence. The works must be carried out by a contractor registered for VAT who holds a current Form C2 or tax clearance certificate from the Revenue Commissioners.
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Claiming Payment:

On completion of the works, payment of grant may be claimed by the applicant by signing the declaration incorporated in the Certificate of Provisional Approval, and returning it together with receipts in respect of qualifying works to the local authority.
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Payment of Grant:

Following receipt of a claim for payment, the local authority will carry out an inspection of the works to establish that

Once this is established the grant will be paid.

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Where the local authority is of the opinion that the works have not been undertaken in accordance with the application, or have not been satisfactorily completed, the authority may

Where the local authority is of the opinion that the actual cost of the qualifying works is less than the approved cost, a revised approved cost will be determined.
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Administration and Commencement


The scheme is being administered by each county council. All issues relating to the day-to-day operation of the scheme, including dealing with enquiries, applications and payments, are a matter for the relevant county council (referred to in this case as the “local authority”).
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An application for a grant under this scheme must be made to a local authority on Form WG1 and should be accompanied by a site location map of the house concerned. Where the exact nature and extent of the proposed works are known at the time of making an application, a detailed specification and estimate of cost of the proposed works should also be provided. Contact us or your local authority for a grant application form,these can also be downloaded from your local authority’s website.


Grants are available if two or more householders get together to provide their homes and farms with a water system where none exists. A spokesperson for the group applies to the authority for approval.

The amount of grant payable depends on where the scheme is located, generally a grant will cover 85%.


Local authorities are responsible for giving subsidies to group water schemes for domestic use.

The amount of subsidy is 100 % of the qualifying expenditure.

€ 140 for each house supplied from a private well.

before a subsidy is paid, the group must provide its local authority with details of costs incurred.

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