PRESS RELEASE: IWA Announces New Legacy Fund Open for Bids

Issue date: 11th July 2016

Following a bequest from former IWA consultant engineer and trustee, Tony Harrison, IWA has announced a new fund which waterway projects around the country will be able to bid for.  Tony, who was an expert in hydraulics and hydrology in his professional life, served on IWA’s Restoration Committee for twenty years and chaired it for five years.

Throughout Tony’s long association with IWA many restoration projects benefitted from his advice and expertise, and IWA intends that his legacy will continue by inviting waterway projects to bid for the £200,000 that Tony bequeathed to the Association.

The criteria for the award of funds will be the maximum amount of good that could be achieved for the inland waterways and applications are therefore invited from any organisation proposing to spend the funds in manners that meet this criteria and that are consistent with IWA’s charitable objectives. Applications can be for any amount up to £200,000 and there could be more than one recipient.

Les Etheridge, IWA National Chairman, said “I hope that applications will be of very broad scope, reflecting the wide range of Tony Harrison’s interests that included restoration, engineering standards, boating, hydraulics, and economics.”


Further Information about how to bid for the legacy

Initial Outline Bids for the funds are invited from any waterway restoration or regeneration scheme in the UK.  Further information about how to bid for the fund, including guidance about how outline bids should be prepared is available on IWA’s website.

Bids can be for any amount up to £200k (the legacy amount); there could be more than one successful bid.

Applications should be emailed to Neil Edwards, Chief Executive of IWA ( to be received by Noon on Monday 31st October 2016. Confirmation of receipt will be given by email.


A working group of suitably experienced and qualified members will review the outline bids and will produce a short list by December 2016.

Successful projects will be tasked to produce detailed project plans with input from the judging panel to be available by end February 2017.

A decision on how the money will be awarded will be announced in April 2017.

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing or phoning 07779 090915.


Photographs available on request.

Notes for Editors

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.


Photographs available on request.