The programme offers three different categories of grants with the majority of support directed to preparing for and removing small dams from rivers.
Category A: Programme supported dam removals
These grants will support a range of interventions that lead to the removal of small dams in catchments that offer the highest potential for river restoration and ecosystem recovery.
Category A is currently divided into four subcategories. Category A1 is intended for geographical areas that offer very high potential for the restoration of river flow and biodiversity (ecologically valuable areas) but where there is currently low capacity, resources, and attention to dam removal.
Supporting the identification and strategic selection of small dams that could later be removed via a grant from the programme. If it does not exist already, an important output of the grant should be an inventory of barriers (including location, height, width, photos). These grants may also support outreach to the local community to explore removal potential.
|A2||Other preparatory work leading to a dam removal supported by programme
Supporting the development of essential work required to prepare for the removal of a dam, for example, feasibility studies, preparation of technical design documents, securing permissions and permits.
Demolition of a barrier. No preparatory work required / preparatory work already funded by third party.
Demolition of a barrier. Preparatory work previously funded by the programme.
Category B: Enabling others to remove dams
These grants will support preparatory work when funding for the dam removal (demolition) can be sourced from an alternative funder.
|Preparatory work leading to a dam removal funded by a third party
Supporting the development of essential work required to prepare for the removal of a dam, for example, feasibility studies, preparation of technical design documents, securing permissions and permits. The completion of the work will result in the dam being removed by a third party.
Category C: Enabling the European dam removal movement
These grants are not linked to specific removals but support interventions that result in dam removal becoming more widely accepted and implemented by others, which results in more rivers being restored across Europe.
Category C grants provide support in three strategic areas. Applicants may apply for projects that contribute to one or more of the following:
| Knowledge development and dissemination|
To support the analysis of existing information, the development and sharing of best practices, and/or the generation and dissemination of new information that fills knowledge gaps.
To support work that ensures that dam removal is incorporated into EU and national policies, to support policy implementation, and for policy makers to better understand and support dam removal.
|Communications and awareness raising|
To support targeted communications that help to build enthusiasm and highlight the benefits of dam removal.