The SEAI Community Grant supports energy efficiency community projects through capital funding, partnerships, and technical support. The Community Grants 2021 programme is now open for applications.

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Better Energy Communities 2021

Open for applications

Better Energy Communities is our national retrofit initiative with grant support of up to €28 million for 2021. 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.

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Better Energy Communities 2021

Project Coordinators Q&A session

The Better Energy Communities team will host a Q&A session on the 18th November at 11.00am. This is a one hour Q&A session for Project Coordinators who wish to apply for grant funding under the 2021 Communities Grant programme.

To register your interest in this workshop please email:

Project criteria and funding

Before applying to the SEAI Communities grant programme, please ensure you familiarise yourself with our application process and guidelines. If you are a business owner, local community service operator, homeowner or retail owner, we advise that you get in touch with a project coordinator. Partnerships are essential for a successful application.

Learn more    Contact a project coordinator

2019 supports

In 2019, SEAI supported 57 projects under the Communities scheme with total Government funding of €25.3 million offered. This will help support energy efficiency upgrades in 698 homes and 570 non domestic buildings. Total project costs will come to €65.8 million.

Cumulatively the programme has now supported upgrades in 18,200 homes and 2,570 non-domestic buildings.

  • 34,676 tonnes CO2 emission reductions annually
  • 122.5 GWh total energy credits saved (obligated energy suppliers)
  • €25.3m

    Total government grant funding offered in 2019
  • 57

    Total number of projects supported in 2019
  • 34,676

    Tonnes of CO2 reduced annually

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. 

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