Together for Biodiversity Awards

– The Together For Biodiversity Awards are now closed – thank you for all your fantastic applications –

The Together for Biodiversity Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the work being carried out by individuals and communities across Ireland to protect our natural environment.

Have you or your community been involved in a project to help protect local wildlife or habitats this year? Perhaps you; planted a school wildlife garden, made your village more pollinator friendly or helped protect a local wetland. If so, why not enter the Together for Biodiversity Awards to have your work recognised and be in with the chance to win funding for future biodiversity projects. Individuals, community groups, schools and farmers are all invited to apply.

The Together for Biodiversity Awards are part of the National Biodiversity Conference, which takes place at Dublin Castle on 20th and 21st February 2019. The award winner will be announced at the National Biodiversity Conference

The National Biodiversity Conference is being organised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Irish Forum on Natural Capital. These awards are kindly sponsored by Dublin Port Company

The awards include the following categories

People Together for Biodiversity Award

o (Small community group project, run on less than €3,000 budget)

o (Large community group project, run on more than €3,000 budget)

Local Biodiversity Champion Award

o (Project run by an Individual – leading change for biodiversity at a local level)

Learning Together for Biodiversity Award

o (Project run by a School – leading on biodiversity through education)

Farming Together for Biodiversity Award

o (Farmers working within conservation partnership projects)

Application Criteria & Conditions

People Together for Biodiversity Award (open to community groups) – more  info here

Category A – (Small community group project, run on less than €3,000 budget)

Category B – (Large community group project, run on more than €3,000 budget)

Local Biodiversity Champion Award (open to individuals) – more info here

Category C – (Project run by an Individual – leading change for biodiversity at local level)

Learning Together for Biodiversity Award (open to schools) – more info here

Category D – (Project run by a School – leading on biodiversity through education)

Farming Together for Biodiversity Award (direct nomination by conservation project e.g. LIFE projects) – more info here

Category E – (Farmers working within conservation partnership projects)

 

How to apply

The Together For Biodiversity Awards are now closed – thank you for all your fantastic applications.

Categories A, B, C, D  – download the application form here and email it to awards@iwt.ie

Category E – project coordinators can contact us directly at awards@iwt.ie

Closing date for submissions is 10th December

 

The Competition and the Prizes

  • All applicants’ projects will be reviewed by the awards organisers
  • Six best projects from each category progress will progress to a public voting stage
  • The top three projects as voted by the public from each category will be the finalist
  • All finalists will be invited to the Award Ceremony which will take place at the National Biodiversity Conference February 2019. Finalist will display a poster of their project at the National Biodiversity Conference.
  • The winner of each category will be announced at the award ceremony

The winner of each category will receive €2,000 to spend on biodiversity project

All other finalist will receive €500 vouchers to use for biodiversity projects

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Projects will be reviewed solely based on the information submitted
  • The six highest scoring applications per category will progress to a public voting round
  • Applications will be ranked by points for biodiversity impact and community engagement
  • The top three public voted projects in each category will progress to the finalist stage.
  • By entering, applicants agree that should their project progress to finalist stage, they will present a poster on the project at the National Biodiversity Conference on 20th and 21st February in Dublin.
  • A winner for each category will be picked by a panel chosen by the award organisers
  • The category winners will be announced at the National Biodiversity Conference
  • Winning projects may be visited by IWT to document the work carried out
  • Projects run by community groups, schools, farmers and individuals are eligible to apply in the relevant category
  • No businesses, national organisations or staffed Environmental NGOs are eligible to apply
  • Only one application per group or individual

This project is sponsored by Dublin Port Company