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

Types 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 BEC application process has closed for 2018.

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Sustainable Energy Communities

This new grant from SEAI aims to encourage suitable Sustainable Energy Communities to partake in small to medium energy projects. Up to €3 million will be made available to communities in the SEC network, and a maximum of €200,000 grant funding is available per application. The grant call is now closed for 2018. All submitted projects must be completed by October 31st. Grant applications will be assessed on a first-come first-served basis. This grant enables small scale projects to showcase innovative energy solutions.

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  • €31m

    Grant supports available for community energy projects
  • €70m

    Total investment in energy efficiency

Eligibility for funding

Projects supported

Successful BEC and SEC projects must demonstrate some or all of the following characteristics.

  • Community benefits
  • Multiple elements
  • 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 BEC programme. We are seeking a mix of elements, not a single focus.

  • 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 for SEC Pilot Grant.

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 engage with other SEAI programmes are welcome.


The application deadline for Better Energy Communities 2018 has now passed. In December we will announce plans for 2019. A preview of the 2019 programme was announced on September 27th; view the presentation. The programme is run annually through a competitive process. Once applications are closed, we then review what projects will be supported under the scheme. In contrast, our new Sustainable Energy Community Pilot grant is now open and will remain open until the end of July 2018. Learn more about the Sustainable Energy Community Pilot grant application process.


We are hosting a number of workshops across the country to support and assist communities who are interested in submitting an application for the SEAI Communities grant programme. As well as attending a workshop, we also advise that you talk to neighbouring communities who have gone through the process as they might be able to provide valuable insights and learnings.

If you would like to attend one of these workshops, please register for your preferred date and venue using the link below. These workshops are free, however prior registration is required for attendance.

Galway - 22nd November 2018

Cork - 12th December 2018

Dublin - 16th January 2019

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