Funding for the enhancement of community facilities through Renewable Energy

Call for EOI for Renewable 2020

Westmeath Community Development, on behalf of the Local Action Group Westmeath Local Community Development Committee, is now inviting Expressions of Interest from those interested in applying for funding for:-

Supports for the enhancement of Community Facilities through use of Renewable Energy

This is a targeted call following on from a Renewable Energy Conference that took place on Wednesday 29th of May 2019 in the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. The Westmeath Renewable Energy conference provided information and best practice models on various types of renewable energy.  Applications for Expression of Interest for this funding are open until 4th September 2020.

Ireland has excellent renewable energy resources, which will be a critical and growing component of Irish energy supply beyond 2020. As noted in Ireland’s Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Future 2015-2030, the development of renewable energy, allied with energy efficiency is central to overall energy policy in Ireland. Renewable energy reduces dependence on fossil fuels, improves security of supply, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions creating environmental benefits. The Government’s overarching strategic objective is to make renewable energy an increasingly significant component of Ireland’s energy supply.

In contributing to the national strategic objective in the area of Renewable Energy, as part of the Westmeath LEADER Local Development Strategy (LDS), funding is now being made available to communities to make improvements in this area to their facilities. Such improvements will contribute to reducing green-house gas emissions thus creating environmental benefits.

Funding available For

Through this targeted call, grant aid may be available to communities under the following headings:

  • Capital

Under the heading of Capital, funding may be available for the following;

  • Installation of renewable energy technologies
  • Upgrading of lighting, windows, doors and heating systems to more energy efficient systems
  • Installation of Energy Monitoring Equipment
  • Insulation of buildings

Funding for capital projects may be provided at up to 75% for community based projects up to a maximum of €5,000 per successful proposal.

  • Feasibility Studies

Feasibility Studies can be funded to allow communities to explore the options available to them in the area of Renewable Energy.

Funding for feasibility studies may be provided up to 90% for community based projects where there is no commercial basis for the project to a maximum of €10,000 per successful proposal.

Closing Date

Closing date for receipt of Stage 1 Expression of Interest (EOI): 4th September 2020.

Applicatation

For application information click here.

Alternatively please contact the LEADER Section in Westmeath Community Development on 0449348571 or E-mail: leader@westcd.ie

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