€10 million to help community and voluntary groups with energy bills

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The government has launched a €10 million fund to help community and voluntary groups with their energy bills.

The scheme has been created due to increased energy costs, which are affecting many organisations.

It will open for applications next Monday, November 21, and grants will be paid as early as the end of this year.

Minister Heather Humphreys said, “This new scheme recognises the pressures that our community and voluntary groups are under due to rising energy costs.”

“This is a sector that we care deeply about and are committed to support them through this difficult winter.”

“Through this €10 million fund, financial support will be provided to these groups from the end of 2022.”

“Our community and voluntary sector plays a vital role in supporting strong and resilient communities, and thriving towns and villages and it is essential that we continue to support them in carrying out their invaluable work.”

This funding is meant for organisations which fall outside the parameters of other energy support schemes such as the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).

Full details of the scheme are now available via Pobal here.