The Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) is committed to providing open, accountable and accessible systems and procedures in all areas of its work. This document sets out the process for appeals regarding funding associated with the Community Water Development Fund Open Call. Applicants may appeal against a funding decision on the basis of an alleged unfair application of or deviation from the Fund Guidelines.

The applicant must show that they have reason(s) to believe that their application was assessed or dealt with in a way that was incompatible with the standard procedures for administration and assessment outlined when the applicant applied for funding.

If submitting an appeal, you should first contact LAWPRO to discuss the subject matter of your potential appeal.

Submitting an Appeal

If, after having discussed the matter with a member of LAWPRO staff you still wish to appeal a funding decision you may send your letter of appeal to:

Anthony Coleman,


Local Authority Waters Programme,

The Lodge,

Ballingarrane Estate,


Co. Tipperary, E91 X370.

The letter of appeal may be submitted by post or by email to . It must be submitted within 21 days of the date of the letter of notification. The letter of appeal must state:

  • The applicant organisation name;
  • The grounds on which you believe your application was not properly dealt with or assessed;
  • Specific reasons or evidence you may have to support your appeal.

Appeals Process

 All appeals will be acknowledged within 10 days of receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within that time you should contact the office. Within 20 working days of receiving a valid appeal request, the appeal will be considered by the Director of Services whose decision will be binding and will not be subject to any further appeal. The Director’s conclusions and recommendations will be communicated to the applicant within 7 working days of the decision. Where any delay is anticipated, we will inform the applicant in writing of the extended timescale.

Note: A decision in favour of the applicant does not automatically provide for the awarding of funding or additional funding to replace or supplement the original decision that has been appealed. The possibility of securing funds subject to an appeal will be dependent on whether any funds are available.