ESB Awards €270k in Funding to Community and Voluntary Organisations
ESB, Ireland’s foremost energy company, has today (21.09.15) announced funding of over €270,000 will be awarded to 47 community and voluntary organisations in 13 counties across Ireland, as part of the autumn 2015 round of its ‘Energy for Generations’ community fund. The winter 2015 round of applications has also been launched today.
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.
Each year, ESB awards funding to approximately 150 projects across Ireland. The autumn 2015 successful projects are wide ranging and include counselling services, educational activities for adults with intellectual disabilities, supporting childhood literacy and numeracy, and workshops on self-confidence and body image. Of the 47 autumn 2015 recipients, five national or all-island organisations were awarded funding:
- Irish Men’s Sheds,
- Suas Educational Development,
- Early Childhood Ireland,
- Anam Cara, the bereavement support organisation, and
- SOAR Foundation, youth outreach movement.
Speaking following the funding announcement, Anne Cooney, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator at ESB, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the fantastic work of local and national organisations across the island of Ireland as part of ESB’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Every year, our Energy for Generations fund awards approximately €1 million to organisations over four rounds.
“Educational access, suicide prevention and homelessness are all critical national issues which our staff have helped to select as the focus of our programme. Through our Energy for Generations fund, ESB is able to ensure that grassroots organisations continue to provide consistent service to local communities where they are needed most. We look forward to receiving applications for our winter round of funding, which is now open.”
The fund operates four rounds each year, and is awarded on merit. The winter round of the fund is currently open for applications. The deadline for the winter round of funding is Friday, 13th November 2015.
Regarding education, proposals are invited from the following: early years and early primary school projects focusing on literacy and numeracy; secondary level proposals promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM); adult education return-to-education programmes aimed at those long-term out of work. Single school applications and school completion projects are not eligible for funding. Proposals from charities and community organisations whose work focuses on suicide prevention and care for the homeless are also invited.
Funding is not awarded to / for: individuals and individual fundraisers; administrative or operating costs; salary expenses; third party fundraising (e.g. fundraising events); high risk ventures. Organisations are encouraged to secure independent local funding as well as applying to the Energy for Generations fund to maximise the level of local contribution to projects, and should indicate the level of the organisation’s own resources that are being invested into the project. Funding must be used exclusively for the purpose of implementing the project as stated in the application form.
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.