EirGrid has created a dedicated fund for the Mullingar-Kinnegad 110 kV project. The purpose of this community fund is to support community projects led by local organisations within the geographical area impacted by the new infrastructure.
EirGrid is responsible for a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity: now and in the future. They develop, manage and operate the electricity transmission grid. EirGrid is developing a new 110 kV electricity line, spanning approximately 24km across counties Westmeath and Meath. It will run between existing transmission stations in Mullingar and Kinnegad. An Bord Pleanála granted planning approval for this new line in January 2013.
The available fund is €360,000. EirGrid have asked that The Community Foundation for Ireland administer the larger Social Impact Grants stream of the Fund (grants are available for this strand of between €10,000 – €50,000). There is €180,000 in total available for grant making in this stream.
Westmeath County Council will administer the second strand of the grants scheme where applicants are invited to apply for grants of between €1,000 – €10,000. There is €180,000 in total available for grant making in this stream.
Please note potential applications can only apply for either the Social Impact Grants strand through The Community Foundation for Ireland or to Westmeath County Council for the second strand of grants. Only local organisations located within the proximity of the new line will be eligible to apply. A map is provided on the below websites.
To apply for the Social Impact Grants stream, please see The Community Foundation for Ireland website here
To apply for the 2nd strand of grants administered by Westmeath County Council, please see the Westmeath County Council website here
The Fund deadline has been extended to Friday 27th May at 4.30pm. EirGrid would particularly welcome applications under the Education, Employment and Environment themes. As the operator of the grid, EirGrid has a particular interest in energy awareness and efficiency. Organisations that have projects aimed at reducing energy usage or costs are invited to apply provided they meet the eligibility and criteria.
A handbook is available for downloading see links below
Mullingar Community Fund
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