The SEAI Community Grant supports energy efficiency community projects through capital funding, partnerships, and technical support. We are now accepting applications for 2020.

Better Energy Communities 2020

Now open

Better Energy Communities is our national retrofit initiative with grant support of up to €20 million for 2020. 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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Community Grant Status 2020

PercentagePercentage
Budget Committed3
Pending Evaluation30
Budget Available67
Source: SEAI

2019 results

In 2019, SEAI supported 57 projects under the Communities scheme. €25.3million is the total government funding that will be invested across all projects. 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 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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Email bec@seai.ie or sec@seai.ie
Call 01 808 2162

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