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ESB awards €42,000 in funding to mid-west community organisations
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Friday, 13th November 2015

ESB awards €42,000 in funding to mid-west community organisations

ESB has awarded funding of €42,000 to four mid-west community and voluntary organisations as part of the autumn 2015 round of the ‘Energy for Generations’ community fund.

A special cheque presentation took place today (13.11.2015) at the ESB Generating Station, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare, where funding was awarded to the four organisations.

The Energy for Generations fund supports the work of not-for-profit organisations, charities and community and voluntary organisations whose work falls under the following areas: educational access and support; suicide prevention; and care of the homeless. Today’s funding announcement forms part of over €270,000 being awarded to 47 community and voluntary organisations across Ireland, as part of the autumn 2015 round.

The organisations awarded at today’s event include:

  • Mid-West Simon, which tackles homelessness in the mid-west region across Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary, received funding for their Deposit Scheme which supports their clients to retain tenancies in private rented accommodation.
  • Limerick Marine Search and Rescue received funding for a modular floating dock which will help reduce the response time to emergency call outs.
  • Business incubation hub Limerick City Build, who provide unemployed Limerick people with access to education and training resources.
  • Northside Family Resource Centre who received funding for resources for their early years literacy and numeracy supports.

The cheque presentation highlights the partnership between ESB and the charities and focuses on the positive impact of the four organisations in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.

Speaking at the presentation, Pat Naughton, Executive Director of Group People & Sustainability said: “We are delighted to be able to support the great work of these four organisations through ESB’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme and our Energy for Generations Fund. Today’s cheque presentation is an opportunity for us to highlight the great work taking place in Limerick and the mid-west region to tackle homelessness, prevent suicide and provide education and training services.

“Our employees choose the focus of our programme and Mid-West Simon, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, Limerick City Build and the Northside Family Resource Centre are all addressing critical issues in Limerick and the mid-west region. ESB is proud to be able to ensure that the organisations can continue to provide their much needed services to local Limerick communities.”

Also taking place at the event in Ardnacrusha was a presentation involving two ESB staff teams from ESB’s Generating stations in Moneypoint and Ardnacrusha. The staff teams were successful in a recently held staff talent show, raising much needed funds for Milford Hospice and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, representatives of whom also attended the presentation.

Each year, ESB awards funding to approximately 150 projects across Ireland. The autumn 2015 successful projects are diverse and include counselling services, educational activities for adults with intellectual disabilities, supporting childhood literacy and numeracy, and workshops on self-confidence and body image.

Full details on applying to the Energy for Generations Fund, including eligibility criteria for projects, can be found here: https://www.esb.ie/main/community-sponsorship/energy-for-generations-fund.jsp

ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund is open to organisations within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

ENDS

Contact: Emily Brennan, DHR Communications, 01-4200580 / 086 – 1658629

Notes to Editors

About ESB

As Ireland’s foremost energy company, ESB is working towards a brighter, more sustainable energy future by investing in low carbon generating technologies, building smarter electricity networks and working with others to find innovative solutions to today’s energy challenges. ESB’s corporate social responsibility fund, which was established in 2005, disburses approximately €1m each year across a range of community and issues-based initiatives. Follow ESB on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.  For further information, visit: www.esb.ie