Project Criteria and Funding
A high level overview of the requirements a Project Coordinator must fulfill for a successful Communities Grant application.
Partnership and timeframes
Partnership is essential for a successful application. Project Coordinators should seek partnership from organisations that fall into the eligible categories.
- Public Sector
- Community and Not-for-Profit
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.
Project Coordinators can apply for the programme throughout the year through a competitive process. SEAI review applications and award funding to projects which will be supported under the scheme for the 12 months. Applicants should wait to receive the 'Letter of Offer' before they commence any works. Applicants have 12 months to complete the project.
How we evaluate projects
Value for money
- Value to the Irish State
- Energy savings achieved
- Calculation methodology
Quality and delivery
- Delivery commitment
- Robust project planning
- Submission and project quality
- Procurement process
How to apply
- We are open for applications all year. Only a Project Coordinator can apply.
- Before making your online application, please ensure you familiarise yourself with our application process and guidelines.
- If you are a homeowner, business owner, local authority or belong to a community group or charitable organisation, please contact a Project Coordinator in your area and discuss your options for getting involved.
Standards and requirements
In order to secure funding, we require that each project follows the standards and requirements outlined below.
- Prescribed standards – SEAI Contractor Code of Practice and Building Regulations
- All contractors should be registered with SEAI (where applicable)
- Optimal solution must be implemented
- All domestic buildings completed must deliver a minimum BER uplift of 100 kWh/m²/yr.
- 10 pre BER's are required at application stage
- A pre BER and post BER should be published for all homes, this will be supported under BEC
- Please note if a Pre BER is older than five years, a new Pre BER will be required to be published. Please retain the published BER Certificate, Advisory Report and Dwelling Report associated with the Pre BER publication.
Track the community grant funding available, under evaluation and committed for the current year.View grant tracker
- BEC Financial Documentation
- Schedule A -Beneficiary Acceptance of Grant Offer
- Communities Form B
- Communities Technical Workbook V7
- Communities Domestic Inspection Request Log
- Communities Workshop November 2019
- Communities Workshop Energy Audits
- Communities Payment Request Form
- SEAI Energy Audit Handbook
- ACA Declaration
- Assessor Declaration of Independence
- Domestic Reworks Declaration
- Project Completion Report
- Client Organisation Declaration
- Schedule F - Beneficiary Confirmation of Grant Receipt
- Data Consent Form
- NZEB and Major Renovation
- SEC Letter of Support
- Communities Privacy Notice
- Design Standards Certification for Non-Domestic Measures_2022
- Domestic Design Certification 2022Beneficiary-Confirmation-of-Grant-Receipt.docx