A high level overview of the requirements for a successful Better Energy Communities funding application and project.

What we fund

Projects supported

Successful Community projects must demonstrate some or all of the following characteristics.

  • Community benefits
  • Multiple elements, not a single focus
  • Mix of sustainable solutions
  • 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 Communities grant programme.

  • 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 under the Communities 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 that engage with other SEAI programmes are welcome.


The programme is run annually through a competitive process. Once applications are closed, we then review what projects will be supported under the scheme.

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How to apply

The deadline for applications for 2021 is 12pm 29th January 2021

Before making your online application, please ensure you familiarise yourself with our application process and guidelines.

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
  • A Post BER rating of B2 is SEAI’s minimum, as per the new Part L of the building regulations.Homes which do not achieve a minimum C1 and do not have a valid reason for not achieving B2 will be refused grant funding
  • All domestic buildings completed must deliver a minimum BER uplift of 100 kWh/m²/yr.
  • Representative sample of BERs required at application stage
  • A pre BER and post BER should be published for all homes, this will be supported under BEC
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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
Community and partnership
  • Community empowerment
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Energy savings road map
  • Technical
  • Delivery
  • Financial

BEC 2021 funding levels


Home type Fuel type Funding Level
Private Fuel Poor Up to 80%
Private Non-Fuel Poor Up to 35%
Local Authority   Up to 35%
Private Rented Homes   Up to 35%
Housing Association   Up to 50%


TypeFunding level
Not-for-profit/community 30% Up to 50% (may be available subject to state aid rules and SEAI approval in advance)
Private and public sector Up to 30%
Public sector (exemplar) > 30% ≤ 50%

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Contact us

Call 01 808 2162
Email bec@seai.ie