Better Energy Communities Grant

Everything you need to know about applying for Communities Energy Grant (BEC)


The Government’s Climate Action Plan recognises the central role of communities in achieving our climate action ambitions.

What is Communities Energy Grant (BEC)?

Over the past 5 years 3cea has assisted in the delivery of cumulative energy savings of more than €19.6 million through the Communities Energy Grant (BEC) initiative. 3cea team has been successful in securing grant funding for communities and businesses across all sectors.

Better Energy Communities is a national retrofit initiative managed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). BEC offers a win-win grant aid solution for parish halls, GAA clubs, farmers, charitable organisations, community groups, public authorities, individuals and businesses to both lower their energy bills while reducing energy usage.

How can 3cea help?

3cea has extensive, award-winning experience and expertise in supporting applicants through the BEC pipeline, we act as your project-coordinator and energy advisor throughout the entire process. Our Team has achieved success through combining specific technical expertise and local community knowledge on hundreds of energy efficiency projects of scale since 2002.

From initial application to final sign-off, we can project manage the entire process, this is why we encourage you to get in contact now to discuss your project in more detail.

Funding & Supports Available

  • Up to 50% funding for community projects
  • Up to 30% funding for businesses and housing associations

Successful BEC projects must demonstrate

  • A cohesive project team – identify and appoint an appropriate person in charge
  • Community benefits
  • Mix of sustainable solutions and justified energy savings
  • Innovation and project ambition
  • An ability to finance the project

Energy Efficiency upgrades supported by Communities Energy Grant

  • Building Fabric Upgrades such as wall insulation, energy-smart walls and doors etc
  • Technological improvements such as boiler replacement or controls upgrades
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Renewable energy solutions like wind turbines, biomass and solar PV systems
  • Domestic Combined Fabric Upgrades
  • Heat Recovery solutions
  • And more

Important deadlines 

While not yet confirmed, the BEC programme is expected to be extended into 2021, further updates as they happen. Administered by SEAI, there are strict deadlines which applicants must meet.

Based on 2020 dates, these are the expected deadlines (subject to change):

December 2020: Opening of online Application Process
January 2021: Deadline for receipt of Applications
TBC: Expected Notification of successful projects
October 2021: Project completion deadline

Sample projects

Among the farm industries we helped O’Shea Farms in Kilkenny achieve saving of €38,000 per annum on energy cost since 2015. PV panels keep their vegetables cool in the summer and warm in winter. J&M Dairies in Tipperary installed a PV solar system and battery storage unit and is now saving over €1,300 each year on its energy bills.

We also helped Bagenalstown Outdoor Swimming Pool in Carlow cut its energy bills by €850 per annum.

In Wexford, we helped the St Vincent De Paul charity shop achieve significant savings on its energy bills in Enniscorthy.

We helped O’Brien Cement in Belview Port in County Kilkenny of over €50,000 a year by investing in a new burner which reduces the former three stage cement-manufacturing process into one and removed one full time Loading Shovel and its fuel from the process.

We worked with SOS Kilkenny to cut over €3,300 off its heating and lighting bills through a series of upgrades.

A full list of Better Energy Communities projects we have worked on is available here.

Express your interest today

Fill out the Expression of interest form below and a member of our BEC team will in contact shortly. For any BEC queries please email or phone the office on 056 779 0856.

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Full details, project criteria and funding information can be found on the SEAI website: