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GGHA Game Crop Grant

The GGHA makes available financial support towards the cost of sowing suitable game crops to affiliated clubs who participate in the GGHA Predator Control Competition AND submit Bag Return Forms.

A budget of €4000 annually is allocated to the programme and this funding is provided to subsidise the cost of seed, fencing material, fertiliser and where appropriate, machinery hire to a maximum of 50% of the overall cost.  All claims for ancillary costs (fencing material, fertiliser and machinery hire) MUST be accompanied by appropriate original official receipts.

There is also a provision for a once off development payment, approval for which must be sought in advance from the GGHA Executive.

Please note that the maximum financial assistance payable to any one club is €500 per annum and where the overall annual programme budget is exceeded, the support will be paid out on a pro rata basis across all clubs who qualify for grant aid.

To ensure that suitable game crop is sown, as part of the programme the GGHA will supply the necessary seed directly to clubs.  Completed signed and dated application forms must be received by the GGHA Game Development Officer on or before the stated deadlines.

The purchase price of this seed has been subsidised at a rate of 50% by the GGHA from the overall programme budget, and the available seed mixtures are:

  • Wild Bird Cover Delight (a mixture of Triticale, Linseed, Mustard and Phacellia available in 22kg/0.6 acre packs @ €13.50 each)
  • Standard Wild Bird Mix (a mixture of Triticale and Linseed available in 18kg/0.5 acre packs @ €11.50 each)
  • Wild Bird Mix with Phacellia and Quinoa (available in 18.5kg/0.5 acre packs @ €13 each)
  • Wild Bird Mix with Mustard and Gold of Pleasure (available in 19kg/0.5 acre packs @ €13.50 each)
  • Grey Partridge Mix (a highly recommended mixture of Kale, Lucerne, Chicory, Radish and Tritacale available in 35kg/1 Hectare packs @ €88 each)

Completed form AND payment to be received on or before 20th April 2019

GGHA Predator Control Equipment Grant

The GGHA makes available financial support for the purchase of vermin control equipment, trail cameras and dog location collars to affiliated clubs who participate in the AND submit Bag Return Forms.

This support is provided at a rate of 50% of the receipted purchase price of equipment items, and a budget of €4000 annually is allocated to the programme.

Where the overall annual programme budget is exceeded, the support will be paid out on a pro rata basis across all clubs who qualify for grant aid.

Completed signed and dated application forms must be received by the GGHA Vermin Control Officer on or before the stated deadline, and all applications must be accompanied by original printed receipts.

While suitable habitat is a key requirement for wildlife development, vermin control is the cornerstone which ensures that any game subsequently released does not simply become food for predators.  These measures also have the bonus of affording wild game the maximum opportunity to breed successfully, which is the most economical and environmentally friendly means of game propagation.

The GGHA reminds all clubs and members of the derogations in force regarding the control of vermin and in particular the use of Larson traps.

Completed form AND original receipts to be received on or before 22nd June 2019

Club Activities Promotion Grant

The GGHA makes available financial support for the purpose of promoting club activities within local schools and organisations (scouts, tidy towns etc.) to affiliated clubs who participate in the AND submit Bag Return Forms.

A budget of €2000 annually is allocated to the programme and this funding is provided to subsidise the cost to clubs (at a rate of 50%) of supplying bird tables, bird boxes, bat boxes, owl boxes and wild bird feed etc.

The maximum grant aid available per club is €200 and where the overall annual programme budget is exceeded, the support will be paid out on a pro rata basis across all clubs who qualify for grant aid.

Completed signed and dated application forms must be received by the GGHA Game Development Officer on or before the stated deadline, and all applications must be accompanied by original printed receipts.

Photographs of the presentation of equipment etc. should be taken where possible for promotional purposes, with the necessary permissions being sought from those involved.

Completed form AND original receipts to be received on or before 1st July 2019

Game Bird and Wildfowl Grant Programme 

The GGHA makes available financial support towards the purchase of pheasant poults, mallard ducklings and partridge chicks to affiliated clubs who participate in the GGHA Vermin Control Competition AND submit Bag Return Forms.

A budget of €8000 annually is allocated to the programme and a subsidy of €2.25 per bird is payable for birds purchased from Irish suppliers.

The purchase of adult pheasants from Irish suppliers is also subsidised at a rate of €3 per bird, up to a maximum of €100 per club under this part of the scheme.

Where the overall annual programme budget is exceeded, the support will be paid out on a pro rata basis across all clubs who qualify for grant aid.

Completed signed and dated application forms must be received by the GGHA Game Development Officer on or before the stated deadline, and all applications must be accompanied by ORIGINAL printed receipts.

All clubs are advised to satisfy themselves as to the health status of the game birds and wildfowl they purchase, and only use reputable suppliers.

Completed form AND receipts to be received on or before 1st August 2019

GGHA Predator Control Competition

All Gun Clubs are encouraged to participate in the GGHA Predator Control Competition & NARGC Mink Bounty Scheme. Whatever vermin is shot within your Club will improve the survival of ground-nesting birds and help the GGHA to take part in the NARGC National Predator Control Competition. The count dates and locations will be provided to club secretaries.

GGHA Club of the Year Award

Gun Clubs interested in participating in the GGHA Club of the Year Award competition should put together a short application outlining their work under six headings:

  • Club Structure
  • Habitat Development
  • Predator Control,
  • Game Releasing,
  • Public Relations
  • Participation in Surveys.

We recommend that Clubs also use the sub-headings outlined in the main application form as a guide. Clubs that participate in this Award will be examined (based on their application form and site visit) by relevant GGHA and external officer. Application deadlines will be communicated to club secretaries.

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Grouse Development Grant

The NARGC has a grant scheme whereby funding is available to clubs engaging in Grouse development projects.  Completed application forms should be sent to Mr Patrick Nolan, Hillview, Rathellen, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow or Mr Seamus O’Brien, Ballyanny Upper, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.  Deadline for receipt by the NARGC is 1st August annually.  Queries on the programme should be directed to the NARGC Grouse Sub-committee Chairman Mr Jim Brennan on 086 2725372.