SEAI assists energy efficiency community projects through capital funding, partnerships, and technical support.

Type of funding available

Better Energy Communities

Better Energy Communities is our national retrofit initiative with grant support of up to €28 million each year. We support new approaches to achieving energy efficiency in Irish communities. Upgrades can take place across building types to reduce energy use and costs throughout the community. We aim to deliver energy savings to homeowners, communities, and private sector organisations. All projects should be community oriented with a cross-sectoral approach, and you must show that you can sustainably finance the proposed project. The application process for 2019 is now open.

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  • €31m

    Grant supports available for community energy projects
  • €70m

    Total investment in energy efficiency

What we fund

Projects supported

Successful Community projects must demonstrate some or all of the following characteristics.

  • Community benefits
  • Multiple elements, not a single focus
  • Mix of sustainable solutions
  • A clear road map
  • Innovation and project ambition
  • Justified energy savings
  • An ability to deliver the project

Measures supported

This list outlines the types of measures we want to support through the Communities grant programme.

  • Building Fabric Upgrades
  • Technology and System upgrades
  • Integration of Control Systems
  • Integration of renewable energy sources
  • Domestic Combined Fabric Upgrade
  • Single Building Demonstration projects will be considered under the Communities Grant.

We do not support projects without demonstrated community benefits. We also do not support projects with single elements, renewable elements only, auditing projects, (eg M&V requirements), Monitoring only projects. Homes constructed after 2006 can not be included.

Communities grant status 2019

Budget Committed13
Pending evaluation86
Remaining Budget1
Source: SEAI

2019 Communities programme is proving very successful to-date with lots of exciting and interesting projects proposed.

The SEAI Team is working hard on evaluation to gain approval of all eligible projects.

As larger Communities Projects (in excess of €220k) are complex in nature and require time for evaluation by SEAI to ensure successful delivery. SEAI will unable from 16th April 2019 to accept new/further additional  project applications at this scale for the 2019 funding.

Smaller projects will still be accepted though there is limited capacity here and a reserve list will be in place shortly.

Partnership and Timeframes


Partnership is essential for a successful application. You should seek partnership from organisations that fall into the eligible categories. These partnerships can be assisted by SEAI if required.

Innovative and pioneering partnerships between sectors are encouraged. This might include collaborations between public and private sectors, residential and non-residential sectors, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, or financing entities and energy suppliers. Projects that are part of a larger energy efficiency project or that engage with other SEAI programmes are welcome.


The application process for 2019 is now open. The programme is run annually through a competitive process. Once applications are closed, we then review what projects will be supported under the scheme.

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