This grant is suitable for Residential Service Providers, Employers, Financial Institutions, registered Housing Associations and Local Authorities who wish to participate in delivering energy efficiency upgrades to homes.

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About the scheme

This new government grant scheme is designed to engage groups of private households, registered Housing Associations and Local Authorities who wish to participate in delivering energy efficiency upgrades in their communities, specifically in domestic buildings.

Key objectives of the scheme include:

  • Upgrade homes towards achieving the All of Government Climate Action Plan home energy retrofit targets
  • Support Housing Associations and Local Authorities to deliver larger and more technically challenging retrofits while encouraging scalability
  • Support financial institutions and employers to to participate in delivering energy efficiency works for their employees and customers
  • Upgrade the housing stock in accordance with Part L of the Building Regulations 2019. This ensures when a major renovation is completed, a minimum B2 BER is achieved.
  • Facilitate high standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, thereby reducing fossil fuel usage, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Test and Develop the One-Stop-Shop model in Ireland with a view to informing and providing learnings to the All of Government Climate Action Plan taskforce developing the model for delivery of energy targets to 2030
  • Work to develop the supplier market for delivery on government home energy retrofit targets
  • ​Promote a building fabric first approach
    • Be as energy efficient as possible (fabric first approach)
    • Consider renewables where feasible
    • Adopt smart technologies as/if appropriate
  • Bring together groups of homes under the same retrofit programme to facilitate energy improvements in an efficienct and cost-effective manner to an exemplar standard

Benefits

Cost effective delivery

Bring together groups of homes under the same retrofit programme to facilitate energy improvements in an efficient and cost effective manner

Reduce your emissions

Reduce the emisisions in your constituency by improving the housing stock. Heating is one of our biggest energy users. By upgrading the homes in your area, you will cut down on your greenhouse gas emissions.

More comfort

Installing a highly efficient heating system in a well-insulated home will transform the comfort levels for the home of you tennants.

Cheaper heating bills

Your tennants will be very pleased with the cheaper heating bills as a result of improving energy efficiency.

Improve your BER

Upgrade your housing stock to a minimum B2 BER.

Cost effective delivery

Bring together groups of homes under the same retrofit programme to facilitate energy improvements in an efficient and cost effective manner

Funding amounts

Home TypeFunding Amount
Private Up to 35%
Housing Association homes Up to 50%
Local Authority homes Up to 35%

Maximum grant amount available is €750,000. We recommend applicants consider grant applications fo at least 100,000.

Community Housing Scheme Grant Status 2020

PercentagePercentage
Budget Committed0
Pending Evaluation18
Budget Available82
Source: SEAI

Criteria

The Housing Strand aims to fund a comprehensive suite of projects that deliver energy savings to homes. An eligible application must target one of the following

  • A single county application. i.e. a single application should include a group of homes in one county only
  • A companywide or finance provider district led application. Where applications are submitted by a company or financial institution on behalf of their employees or members, the application may can consist of dwellings across multiple counties. An example of a finance provider led submission may be an application, supporting members of a specific Credit Union district and managed by a Project Co-ordinator
  • The grant will support homes that have been built and occupied before 2006
  • Where you plan on installing heat pump technology, solar PV or solar water heating, the property must be built and occupied before 2011
  • This grant is not open to individual homeowners
  • A BER rating of B2 is SEAI’s preferred minimum

How to apply

  1. Read the application guidelines
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Complete the Participating Energy Supplier Declaration form
  4. Submit your application form via email to: stephen.farrell@seai.ie
    • Please ensure you enter the following text in the email subject line: Housing Strand 2020 Application
    • Enter name of your project, and attach your completed application form and Participating Energy Supplier form