The EXEED grant scheme is designed for organisations who are planning an energy investment project. Grant support of up to €1,000,000 per project is available.

EXEED Certified grant

SEAI provide grant support for projects which are following the EXEED Certified standard for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design.

The EXEED standard encourages innovation in design projects to help future-proof the investment, by

  • optimising energy performance,
  • reducing operational energy costs and carbon emissions,
  • improving competitiveness and
  • demonstrating commitment to sustainability, which could also bring a reputational boost.
Find out more about the EXEED Certified standard

Who can apply

This scheme is open to all organisations planning an investment in an energy project. This includes:

  • new design projects
  • major renovation and major energy upgrades of existing buildings and assets

ESCo-delivery models are not currently accommodated within the standard scheme rules but we are actively examining options to allow them in future.

Interested?

To express your interest and have a member of our team contact you, please complete this short questionnaire. It will give us a better understanding of your needs.

For any queries, or to express interest in an ESCo-delivery approach, please email EXEED@seai.ie or call 01 808 2162

Express your interest

Grant amounts available

The scheme provides funding towards implementing the EXEED Certified process. This includes professional services and additional capital required.

Expenditure typeLarge companyMedium-sized companySmall company

Pre-investment professional services to implement EXEED processes

  • Design-stage processes set out in the EXEED Certified standard
  • Strategic input from an independent Energy Efficient Design Expert
  • To identify the investment opportunities which will deliver optimum energy performance
Up to 50% grant Up to 60% grant Up to 70% grant

Eligible expenditure to implement EXEED processes

  • Incremental capital costs compared to counterfactual investment (Baseline design)
  • Professional services associated with implementation
Up to 30% grant Up to 40% grant Up to 50% grant

How to apply

The application process is structured into two stages:

  1. Design stage
  2. Capital investment stage

It is not necessary to request support at both stages but it is a requirement that you achieve EXEED certification following completion of the project. Please read the EXEED Grant Scheme Guidelines for full information on the application process.

Click below to open the online Application Form. A read-only PDF version of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 application forms can be found in the Documents section below, for information, along with an instructions guide.

We are open for applications year-round.

Apply for an EXEED grant

2021 grant timelines

  • The EXEED Certified Grant Scheme is open year-round for applications for Stage 1 and Stage 2.
  • SEAI will make a Grant Offer to projects that meet the criteria and will be fully completed in the same year or by 1st October the following year.
  • The evaluation process is typically expected to take up to 3 weeks at Stage 1 and 4-8 weeks at Stage 2 (may be longer for grants of €250,000 and above).

Key requirements

The top management of your organisation must commit to EXEED Certified and all requirements of EXEED Certified must be implemented. A 10% retainer (capped at €30,000) will be applied to the grant amount until EXEED certification and verification of the energy savings is completed.

What qualifies as incremental capital costs?

For a new design project or major renovation project
  • Eligible capital expenditure is the incremental investment over the baseline design.
For major energy upgrade projects
  • Eligible capital expenditure may be the full retrofit costs, however, these will have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. A counterfactual may apply, for example, if equipment is being replaced at end of life. Further details are provided in Section 5 of the EXEED Grant Scheme Guidelines 2021.

EXEED Webinar

Watch our Introduction to EXEED Webinar, recorded on 2 Februrary 2021. It gives an overview of the scheme and includes case studies and types of sectors and opportunities supported to date. It also sets out how to apply.

(Presentation starts at 2:20; Q&A starts at 27:00)

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Watch the webinar on how to apply for the EXEED Certified Grant Scheme 2021

Documents

High level scheme documents

Please hover over the document name and click to download.

Document name and linkDescription
EXEED Leaflet This is a high-level introductory leaflet on EXEED and its benefits.
Overview of EXEED Scheme Changes for 2021

This is a high-level overview of the changes to EXEED, which take effect in January 2021.

Significant improvements have been introduced, building on learnings from the previous phase and stakeholder feedback. Some changes have also been made to better align the scheme with policy and value for money objectives.

EXEED Scheme Guidelines 2021

This is a comprehensive document setting out full details of the scheme, including eligibility criteria, timelines, funding available and grant payments information.

EXEED Process Diagram One page diagram showing the EXEED Certified process and some key aspects of the grant scheme.

EXEED Privacy Notice

This document contains SEAI’s privacy policy for the EXEED Certified grant scheme

EXEED FAQs

We have compiled this list of frequently asked questions received since January 2021.

If you are unable to find the answer to your question(s) here, get in touch with us and we will be happy to help. We intend to keep this document updated with any new questions received.

Grant operational scheme documents and forms

Please hover over the document name and click to download.

Document name and link Description

EXEED Stage 1 Application Form

(read-only)

This is a read-only PDF version of the EXEED Stage 1 Application Form, for information purposes only.

Formal applications must be made using the online version of the Application Form.

EXEED Stage 2 Application Form

(read-only)

This is a read-only PDF version of the EXEED Stage 2 Application Form, for information purposes only.

Formal applications must be made using the online version of the Application Form.

EXEED Application Form Instructions This is a comprehensive instructions manual to assist applicants with completing the Application Form.
Declaration of Solvency

This form must be completed and submitted as part of an EXEED Stage 1 or Stage 2 grant application.

Declaration of Finance This form must be completed and submitted as part of an EXEED Stage 1 or Stage 2 grant application.
Declaration of SME Qualification For SMEs only: this form must be completed and submitted as part of an EXEED Stage 1 or Stage 2 grant application. In cases where this form is not provided, the maximum grant available will be 50% at Stage 1 and 30% at Stage 2.
Stage 1 Multiple Buildings Form Stage 1 only: This form is required in cases where an EXEED Stage 1 application relates to multiple buildings within one site.
Declaration of Incentive Effect This form must be completed and submitted as part of an EXEED Stage 2 grant application.
Stage 2 Multiple Buildings Form

Stage 2 only: This form is required in cases where an EXEED Stage 2 application relates to multiple buildings within one site.

Note that the Stage 2 Multiple Buildings Form and the EXEED Technical Workbook are part of the same workbook. Each is on one tab. Applicants which have multiple buildings are encouraged to complete both tabs of the workbook rather than submitting two separate workbooks.

EXEED Technical Workbook

This spreadsheet must be completed and submitted as part of an EXEED Stage 2 grant application. It collects information about the baseline specification and proposed specification for each opportunity.

There is a second tab for Multiple Buildings - this is only required for Stage 2 applications which have multiple buildings within one site.

Lighting Calculation Tool This lighting tool has been developed for use on all SEAI-supported non-domestic lighting projects and the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS). It enables users to calculate energy and cost savings achieved by lighting upgrade projects.
Present Value of Carbon Tool

For reference only

This tool has been provided to help prospective applicants understand the present value of carbon savings from their project, in relation to Section 7.5 of the EXEED Grant Scheme Guidelines 2021.

Contact us

Tel 01 8082162
Email exeed@seai.ie

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