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Minister Bruton Supports Communities to Make Local Homes and Businesses More Energy Efficient

Up to €25million offered to community projects in every county

Warmer, healthier homes; lower energy bills; reduced emissions​

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D., today (Monday 2nd September 2019) announced the 57 successful applicants to the SEAI Communities grant scheme. This scheme will support these communities to deliver energy upgrades to nearly 700 homes and 570 community and commercial buildings in their local area, eliminating 34,676 tonnes of CO2 annually – this is the equivalent of taking more than 11,000 internal combustion engine cars off the road. Reducing emissions from buildings is a key action under the government's Climate Action Plan.


Today we are providing €25m to fund proposals developed by 57 of those communities and help those pioneering communities to deliver real climate action. All projects are community orientated with a cross sectoral approach including the public and private sector.  This is an innovative model supported by SEAI coming together with organisations that can mobilise businesses, homeowners and community and charity organisations to get projects off the ground.


Minister Bruton visited one of the 2018 grant recipients, St Michael's House Leisure Centre, in Coolock, Dublin. This is part of a larger upgrade project including a number of homes, businesses and public buildings. St Michael's Leisure Centre received a grant of €72,000 towards a renewable heat pump and lighting upgrade. Minister Bruton said,

"If we are to reach the targets set in the Climate Action Plan we must reduce the harmful emissions that come from our buildings. We need to scale up our ambition in this area. Upgrading our homes and businesses with improved insulation and energy efficiency measures can greatly reduce our impact on our environment.  Community partnerships are key to reaching our targets set out in the Climate Action Plan. Innovation and pioneering partnerships between the public and private sectors, residential and non-residential sectors, commercial and not-for-profit organisations are to be encouraged and supported. This is part of a much wider effort that we are delivering as part of our Climate Action Plan to engage communities. This is in addition to the 300 sustainable energy communities who are working towards longer term sustainable energy plans in their local areas.

"These grants will support communities to drive projects which will deliver significant upgrades to groups of homes and businesses in their local area. Not only will these upgrades help us deliver on our climate commitments, but they will result in cleaner, healthier, warmer homes and businesses and cheaper energy bills."


Up to €25m of Project Ireland Government funding is available to support the successful projects, which have a total value of €66m.

Examples of projects that will benefit from the funding include:

  • Waterford County Council is leading a project that will see a selection of Waterford libraries, schools, community centres, GAA clubs, shops and farms carry out insulation, heating, lighting and refrigeration upgrades.
  • Northside Community Enterprises (NCE) is working with communities in Dublin, Wexford and Kildare. Homes, businesses, a church, NCBI charity shops and the Mater Hospital will be upgraded with a combination of lighting upgrades, new heating systems, including Combined Heat and Power and solar PV for generating electricity.
  • Wicklow County Council is leading a project in Wicklow and Wexford that will see a selection of homes, leisure centres, recycling centres, public buildings, a bakery and a hotel carry out upgrades on insulation, heating, lighting, refrigeration, heat recovery and steam generation.

Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI said,

"The Government's Climate Action Plan recognises the central role of communities in achieving our climate action ambitions. SEAI is working with hundreds of energy communities across the country, providing them with the knowledge and the means to both plan their own low carbon pathway and to deliver on their ambitions. These Government funded grants are a key support for communities ready to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions tailored to their needs. The collective achievements of these communities can be replicated, drawing more and more citizens into Ireland's clean energy transition."

For more detail on the 2019 projects, visit

Notes to Editors

Key stats for SEAI community funding

  • 57 projects supported under the SEAI Communities grant scheme 2019 (Details of the 57 projects are listed in the attachment)
  • €25.3M total government grant funding, towards €65.8M total project costs, will achieve energy upgrades in 698 homes and 570 non-domestic buildings supported.
  • Cumulatively the programme has now supported upgrades in 18,200 homes and 2,570 non-domestic buildings.
  • 34,676 tonnes CO2 emission reductions annually

St Michael's House Leisure Centre

St Michael's House Leisure Centre is included in a larger project across Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Monaghan and Wicklow. The total application value is €2,809,628 and the total grant offer grant €936,296

Estimated annual savings across the entire project are 6,551,660 kWh

Residential upgrades include five homes in Dublin.

Upgrades include:

  • Roof and wall insulation
  • Air to water heat pump with fully integrated heating controls



Non-residential buildings include:

Mews building, Dublin; Rathmines Library, Dublin; Moorepark Food Research Centre, Cork; Garda College, Tipperary; Father Kitt Court, Dublin; Liberty Crèche, Dublin; Little Star Crèche, Dublin; Garden View Court, Dublin; St. Michael's House, Dublin; Longmeadow's Pitch and Putt Pavilion and Center, Dubli​n; Cuan Mhuire, Limerick; Tinahely Advisory Office, Wicklow; DCU Science Buildings, Dublin; St. Colmcille's Community School, Dublin; Clones Business Technology Park, Monaghan; Le Fanu Park Pavilion and Depot buildings, Dublin; North Bay Education Centre, Dublin; Phibsboro Library, Dublin; Ballymun Library, Dublin.


Upgrades include:

  • Heat Pumps
  • Lighting
  • Roof insulation
  • Heating controls
  • Windows and doors
  • Solar PV panels


Press Release Documents



Community Grants 2019 Project Summary grants 2019_project summaries.pdfCommunity Grants 2019 Project Summary 02/09/2019 08:00:00pdf317170