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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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.

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2020 supports

In 2020 SEAI supported 25 projects under the Communities Energy Grant Scheme with total Government funding of €18.7 million offered.  This supported the energy efficiency upgrades in 656 homes delivered to a B2 standard and 240 non domestic projects delivered.  Projects worth €43M were supported through CEG 2020.

Cumulatively the programme has now supported upgrades in 18,856 homes and 2,810 non-domestic buildings.

  • 181.5 GWh total energy credits saved (obligated energy suppliers)
  • €18.7m

    Total government grant funding offered in 2020
  • 25

    Total number of projects supported in 2020
  • 181.5 Gwh

    Total energy credits saved (obligated energy suppliers)

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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