Apartment Charging Grant
The apartment charger grant assists residents and owners of apartments and other multi-unit developments who want to install a home charger for their Electric Vehicle (EV)
About the Electric Vehicle Apartment Charger Grant
The apartment charger grant assists residents and owners of apartments and other multi-unit developments who want to install a home charger for their Electric Vehicle (EV) and which are not covered by the pre-existing grants. The grant is designed for bulk installation of chargers at a single location, and supports cabling, infrastructure, labour, and construction costs. Owners’ management companies, housing bodies, local authorities, commercial and private landlords can apply.
Funding for the apartment charger grant scheme is provided by Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland (ZEVI) based in the Department of Transport. SEAI operates this grant scheme on behalf of ZEVI.
There are two different routes to avail of this grant
If there is no existing EV charging system or network in your car park, the company responsible for managing the complex can apply to SEAI for grant support. SEAI will provide up to 80% funding for infrastructure costs and will also offer €600 per charge point installed. The management company can make independent arrangements with you to pay for any difference to acquire ownership of the charger. Watch our short video animation that explains the process.
If an EV charging network is already present in your complex, contact your Management Company to request permission to join the local network. They will instruct you about what equipment and supplier must be used and how to set up an account to pay for the use of the system. When you have completed this step, visit the Home Charger online grant system and make an application for a Home Charger grant.
Who can apply
- Owners’ Management Companies
- Management companies of Build-to-Rent developments
- Local Authorities
- Approved Housing Bodies
Management companies, or equivalent, of any multi-unit development with two or more units that share facilities, amenities, and services and where shared or private parking is available, but which do not have dedicated private off-street parking.
Private and commercial landlords who own one or more units in a development are also eligible to apply under the home charger grant but only for a bulk installation of chargers.
If you do not fall under any of the above categories but belong to a development that meets the definition, please contact SEAI via EVChargers@seai.ie to discuss your potential eligibility.
|Applicant Type||Funding Level (% of eligible costs)|
|Local Authority or Approved Housing Body||90%|
|Owners’ Management Company||80%|
|Management companies of Build-to-Rent developments||60%|
How to apply
To apply, you need to partner with a Charge Point Operator who will provide you with a quotation and technical guidance on the best solution.
We recommend that the management company first seeks out three quotes from SEAI registered Charge Point Operators (CPO). CPOs will be responsible for managing the billing systems and maintenance once the infrastructure is in place and they will also be responsible for coordinating the required works.Find a Charge Point Operator
Frequently Asked Questions
If you see charge points already on the wall or contained in metal posts then the chances are that your location already has a charging network which you can join.
Contact your Owners’ Management Company, property management company or look for details of the Charge Point Operator (the company hired to run the system). Ask them for the annual costs of using the system and how payments are made as this is agreed between the Management Company and the Charge Point Operator and may vary from location to location.
The Charge Point Operator will assist you in selecting the correct charger unit to use with their particular charger system.
Once the correct charger type and a Safe Electric registered electrician are identified, then you may proceed and apply for a Home Charger grant. Note you will be asked to identify your own local EV apartment charging network when you apply.
The Home Charger grant offered will be the lesser of €600 or 100% of the cost of the installation. You must only choose a charger which is contained on the list of chargers which will appear when you prepare your application form online.
It is likely that no EV charging network has been installed for the residents of your location. The Owners’ Management Company will need to apply for an Apartment Charger grant to help to create this network. Contact your Owners’ Management Company and inform them of this grant and encourage them to watch the videos provided and consider applying. They will need to contact one of the registered Charge Point Operators to arrange for a quote for the work and to assist them with preparing the information they need in order to apply online to SEAI.
As part of this application, in addition to the cabling and electrical connections required for a charger network, the Company can choose to also install charger points at each residents assigned parking space or choose to install shared charge points or posts. If they decide to install chargers for each resident, you can make arrangements with them privately to make any top up payment which they will require to cover the cost of installing your charger.
If you are a Management Company and would like to install an EV charger network in to your development, the Apartment Charger grant scheme will offer you grant support towards the installation of the charging network, cabling, electrical connection, communications systems and EV charging units.
Note there are the following important restrictions which will apply:
- The grant awarded will be capped at the lower of the estimated grant rate (ie. 90%/80%/60%) or the grant limit.
- The grant limit itself will be calculated as the lower of €5,000 per dwelling or €100,000.
- No development will receive more than €100,000 in grant aid.
- Within the overall grant support, each individual charge point installed will receive the lesser of the actual cost of the charge point unit or €600.
- If the Management Company is not allowed to recover VAT, then the value of the VAT will be included in the grant award.
- Cost submitted will be limited according to benchmark values as outlined in the Application Guide, the grant award will be calculated from these assessed eligible costs.