The Wind Farm Community Funds

The Wind Farm Community Funds were established by ESB and joint venture partners Galetech Energy and Coillte with the intention of helping the communities neighbouring our wind farms to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities.

The funds seeks to address current and emerging issues, needs and opportunities within communities, enriching lives and creating brighter possibilities for local residents.

SECAD Partnership CLG administers these 15 Irish community funds which surround twelve wind farms owned by ESB subsidiary companies, and three other wind farms such companies co-own with Galetech Energy and Coillte.

Who can the Wind Farm Community Funds support?

Typically, the fund is available to community and voluntary organisations for projects which are based within a given distance of a particular wind farm.

How do we make an application?

Go to the application portal here – http://www.windfarmcommunityfunds.ie/application-form 

The closing date for applications to the 2017/2018 fund is 16th March 2018.

When do the funds open to receive new applications?

The 2017/2018 funds are open for applications as follows:

Fund opening date: 21st December 2017
Fund closing date: 16th March 2018

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than June 2018.

Please note, no applications will be accepted after the closing date.

When do the Wind Farm Community Funds start?

On average a fund will start six to 12 months after the wind farm starts producing electricity, and will run for the lifetime of the wind farm (usually 20 to 25 years)

Who can apply for support?

The funds are available to not-for-profit community and voluntary organisations for projects which are based in the vicinity of one of our wind farms. These include, but are not limited to;

  • Registered charities.
  • Community development groups.
  • Tidy town committees.
  • Sports, and recreation clubs.
  • Primary, and secondary schools.

What are the themes / areas of focus for the funds?

The funds support projects which focus on the following themes:

  • Education and skills
  • Health, safety and wellbeing
  • Environment and habitat conservation
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Culture and heritage
  • Recreation, sport and social inclusion
  • Tourism*

*Will only be considered for funding from the Raheenleagh and Castlepook Community Funds.

What is the Area of Benefit (AOB)?

The ‘Area of Benefit’ or AOB is a radius of up to 10km around a wind farm, which is set to ensure that communities directly neighbouring our wind farms benefit most from the funds. As such, applications from within the AOB will receive priority over all others.

In order for an application from outside the AOB to be considered for funding it must demonstrate the benefit provided to the communities within the AOB.

How does our group apply for funding?

Once a year, SECAD Partnership CLG (the Grant Making Organisation or GMO), will open each fund in order to accept applications. When open, a link to the relevant website will be added above as well as being promoted in local media.

Each potential applicant will be required to:

  • Complete the application form.
  • Follow the guidelines, and fill in all sections of the application form with relevant information.
  • Provide supporting information as applicable.
  • Submit the application form, and supporting information to the GMO.

What supporting documentation is needed?

The supporting documentation required for each application depends largely on the type of project you are seeking support for. However, at a minimum you will be asked to provide the following:

  • A copy of your organisation’s bank, credit union or post office account statement
  • Quotations are required to verify the value of each item you wish to purchase, as follows:
    • Up to €5,000.00 – 1 quote.
    • Over €5,000.00 – 3 quotes.
  • For works relating to renovation/construction/refurbishment:
    • Permission to proceed from land owner.
    • Planning permission, or a letter of exemption from the relevant Local Authority.
  • For expenditure in excess of €10,000.00 tax clearance must be available for both the applicant and service provider.

How much can my group apply for?

Each fund has a suggested award value to provide guidance in relation to what size award to expect.  Please go to The Funds section of this website for further information on each individual wind farm fund.

The suggested award value is neither a minimum nor a maximum, rather an indication of the scale of resources available annually. Awards may exceed the above suggested values if a project is identified as being of significant strategic benefit to the community.

How will applications be appraised?

All applications are appraised by the relevant Grant Making Organisation (GMO), through the use of its internal evaluation committee or an external community committee.

When, and how will we be notified of a decision?

In most cases, applicants will be notified in writing of a decision being made within three months from the stated closing date of the Funds.

Successful applicants will receive a Provisional Letter of Offer and Contract, which will outline any conditions relating to the grant offer.

Please sign and return both copies of the contract, along with any requested documentation and return to the SECAD office.

Deferred applicants (i.e. in cases where a Fund is oversubscribed some eligible applications may be deferred to a subsequent funding round) will receive a letter informing them that their project has been deferred. The GMO may also request additional information to be provided in order for your application to be reconsidered.

Is it possible to appeal a decision?

Throughout SECAD’s grant-making policy and specific fund/programme criteria, care is taken to assess all applications against criteria in a consistent and equitable way.

Although the decisions made by the evaluation committee / community panel are final, SECAD can provide feedback on unsuccessful applications, if requested.

How to accept a grant offer?

In order to accept a grant offer all contracts must be signed and returned via post to the relevant GMO within 15 working days of receipt.

By signing and returning, you are agreeing to a number of terms, and conditions which may be contained within the contract. Please read your contract carefully and contact SECAD if you have any questions relating to it.

How does our group claim the grant?

All grants from the Funds are made retrospectively, as such; monies will only be made available to an organisation upon completion of their proposed project. For grant aid to be paid out, you must submit a grant claim form and other necessary supporting documentation as stated within the form itself and your signed contract. Incomplete claims will result in delays processing your grant.

Who do we contact about the Wind Farm Community Funds?

SECAD Partnership CLG administers the Wind  Farm Community Funds on behalf of the ESB and its joint venture partners Galetech Energy and Coillte.

Contact details for SECAD are as follows:

Phone – 021 461 3432

Email: info@secad.ie

Web: www.secad.ie

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Midleton
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