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

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.

Timeframe

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

SEAI will accept application for projects less than €220k which can be delivered by mid October. For further details contact bec@seai.ie or 01 8082162

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
Download Application Guidelines

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
Innovation
  • Technical
  • Delivery
  • Financial

BEC 2021 funding levels

Residential

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%

Non-residential

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%

2021 SEAI Community Energy Grants - Application Tracker

Issue date: 23rd April 2021

Application IDNameDate ReceivedDecision DateStatus
BEC01032 BEC03 20 Jan-20 March-20 Committed

BEC01124

Future fit 1 30-Nov-20 Jan-21

Committed

BEC01131

Ecomerit 2021

30-Nov-20 Jan-21 Committed
BEC01137 SER Community Grant 08-Dec-20 Mar-21

Committed

BEC01139 SER Communities_2 10-Dec-20 Jan-21

Committed

BEC01126 Energy Communities Tipp 16-Dec-20 Mar-21

Committed

BEC01141 Musgrave 2021 18-Dec-20 Mar-21 Committed
BEC01145 Musgrave 2021 B 18-Dec-20 Mar-21 Committed
BEC01134 Respond Kilkenny 22-Dec-20 Jan-21 Committed
BEC01121 2021 Wicklow 23-Dec-20 Jan-21 Committed
BEC01146 Cavan Green Mile 14-Jan-21 Mar-21 Committed
BEC01128 REIL Communities PH 14 18-Jan-21 Mar-21 Committed
BEC01129 REIL Communities PH 15 18-Jan-21 Mar-21 Committed
BEC01130 REIL Communities PH 16 19-Jan-21 Mar-21 Committed
BEC01148 Greenwatt 2021 20-Jan-21 Mar-21 Committed
BEC01140 Wexford Co Co 20-Jan-21   Unsuccessful
BEC01150 Future Fit 2 20-Jan-21   Unsuccessful
BEC01147 CEG 2021 24-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01119 Communities 01 25-Jan-21 Apr-21

Committed

BEC01154 North East 26-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01158 Dublin BEC 2021 26-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01159 Dublin  2 BEC 2021 26-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01149 CG2 26-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01156 Cork BEC 2021 27-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01153 Premier Donegal 27-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01155 Midlands 27-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01162 Future fit 3 27-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01160 South West BEC 27-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01135 KRAR 27-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01157 South East 27-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01161 Mid West 27-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01118 2021 BEC 01 28-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01168 Midland 2 28-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01127 Waterford Co Co 28-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01144 2021 Airtricity 28-Jan-21   Unsuccessful
BEC01142 Clar ICH 29-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01123 RISE 29-Jan-21 Apr-21 Committed
BEC01167 KR 3 29-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01172 NCE SEC 2 29-Jan-21   MGT Approved
BEC01177 Greenwatt B 28-Feb-21   MGT Approved
BEC01178 SE Systems 28-Feb-21   MGT Approved
BEC01179 BG&B 2021 2 28-Feb-21   MGT Approved
BEC01175 KR CG 2 28-Feb-21   MGT Approved

Explanatory Notes

  • Application ID:  provided automatically by the application system
  • Name:  the name assigned by the applicant
  • Date received: the date on which application parts A and B are successfully uploaded to the application system

Status will be indicated as one of the following:

  • Under Evaluation: Application received and with SEAI for decision
  • Evaluation Complete: Evaluation is complete approval cycle now commenced
  • Approved by Management: Contract may require additional approvals
  • Approved by Board: Final approval contract pending documentation
  • Committed:  all documents are in place and applicant has accepted the grant offer
  • Evaluation Suspended: Insufficient details SEAI are awaiting clarifications
  • Unsuccessful:  project evaluation was unsuccessful
  • Reserve: Application held in reserve as SEAI has exceeded the commitment level & no further applications will be sent for evaluation

Applicants will be able to see from the date received / decision dates if their application falls within typical approval cycles.

Communities 2021 Budget

As per 23rd April 2021

StatusPercentage
Under Evaluation37
Committed63
Budget Available0

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