Community Woodlands Award

Royal Dublin Society (RDS)

Grant amount: €2,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 14, 2018

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Ireland

Location of residency: Ireland

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RDS Forest & Woodland Awards

Celebrating the best forests and foresters in Ireland, 'RDS Forest and Woodland Awards' are the only awards of their kind in Ireland. They recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture on their properties including: sound commercial management, environmental protection and encouragement of bio-diversity.

The twin goals of promoting the economic and environmental benefits of good forestry and farming is the underlying motivation behind these Awards. The goal of the RDS Agriculture and Rural Affairs programme is to promote best practice and efficiency in farming to ensure farm household profitability and sustainability in Ireland.

The RDS has been involved in forestry since the 1740s with many of Ireland’s oldest remaining forests originally planted on foot of RDS grants (or premiums as they were known). The Awards continue the RDS tradition of involvement in forestry by highlighting excellent Irish farmers and communicating what they are able to accomplish through the application of best practice and innovative management techniques.

Community Woodland Award

The Community Woodland Award is designed to encourage and reward projects involving community woodlands and forests which have been established and managed in a way which is sustainable and beneficial to the landscape, the local people, biodiversity and the economy. 

This Award is open to woodland owners or managers from the public and voluntary sectors and the winner of this Award will receive €2,000, a special presentation trophy and an RDS Silver Medal.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Open to woodland owners or managers from the public and voluntary sectors.
  • Eligible projects are those that use trees, woods and forests to address one or more of the following: 
    • To improve the places where people live to bring benefits to people e.g. health and well-being, recreation, education and training. 
    • To strengthen communities e.g. diversity and inclusion, volunteering and active participation.


  • First Place Award winners in any of the Irish Forestry Award categories in the previous four years are not eligible to enter.