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%

2021 SEAI Community Energy Grants - Application Tracker

Issue date: 25th January 2021

Application IDNameDate ReceivedDecision DateStatus
BEC01032 BEC0320 Jan-20 March-20 Committed


Future fit 1 30-Nov-20  

MGT Approved


Ecomerit 2021

30-Nov-20   MGT Approved
BEC01137 SER Community Grant 08-Dec-20  

Under Evaluation

BEC01139 SER Communities_2 10-Dec-20  

MGT Approved

BEC01126 Energy Communities Tipp 16-Dec-20  

Evaluation Complete

BEC01141 Musgrave 2021 18-Dec-20   Under Evaluation
BEC01145 Musgrave 2021 B 18-Dec-20   Under Evaluation
BEC01134 Respond Kilkenny 22-Dec-20   MGT Approved
BEC01121 2021 Wicklow 23-Dec-20   MGT Approved
BEC01146 Cavan Green Mile 14-Jan-21   Evaluation Suspended
BEC01128 REIL Communities PH 14 18-Jan-21   Under Evaluation
BEC01129 REIL Communities PH 15 18-Jan-21   Under Evaluation
BEC01130 REIL Communities PH 16 19-Jan-21   Under Evaluation
BEC01148 Greenwatt 2021 20-Jan-21   Under Evaluation
BEC01140 Wexford Co Co 20-Jan-21   Under Evaluation
BEC01150 Future Fit 2 20-Jan-21   Evaluation Suspended
BEC01147 CEG 2021 24-Jan-21   Under Evaluation

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:  meaning 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

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 25th January 2021

Under Evaluation40
Budget Available58

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