Welcome to the ESB Wind Farm Community Benefit Funds website (Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland) administered by SECAD Partnership CLG.

The 2024 Wind Farm Community Funds will open for applications on Tuesday 16th January 2024 and close for applications on Friday the 8th of March 2024.

To visit our help section and view the Fund Guidelines and other helpful information please click here.

Applicants can expect to be informed of the outcome of their application no later than May end 2024. Please note, if we are experiencing any delays due to application volume, we will inform you of same.

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The Wind Farm Community Funds

The ESB Renewable Strategy recognises that achieving a transition to a low carbon economy can only occur through responsible development with includes genuine community engagement.

ESB with its joint venture partners established wind farm community benefit funds with the aim to encourage stronger interaction and engagement with communities living in the vicinity of wind farms and to help the communities neighbouring ESB wind farms to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities.

The funds are available to support projects that are aligned with local needs and opportunities such as the purchase of equipment, building or refurbishment work. Support for larger projects over a multi-annual basis may also be considered. Approximately €1 million is awarded annually via ESB’s nominated grant making organisations.

What Is it?

The Wind Farm Community Funds is available to support once-off expenditure such as the purchase of equipment, building or refurbishment work. Support for larger projects over a multi annual basis may also be considered.

Who is it for?

The fund is available to community and voluntary organisations for projects which are based with in a given distance of that particular wind farm.

How do I get it?

Your project must be located within the area of benefit of the relevant wind farm. Your project must also be eligible. Full details on how to apply can be found here.

Case Studies

New Ballyfad Community Centre

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