When we develop or expand our grid, this work will affect communities near new transmission lines. In some locations, and to some observers, electricity transmission lines have a visual impact on the landscape. Particularly in residential areas, they can seem intrusive when first built.
This is why, in January 2014, EirGrid developed a Community Support Fund. We introduced this after a consultation process where we listened to public feedback.
We’re building a more efficient, more effective and more economic electricity network. The Community Support Fund recognises that this can only happen when we work closely with you.
For all the information you need, you can download our Community Support Fund brochure.
You can find information about upcoming, open and closed funds below.
24.10.2018 This fund is now closed. EirGrid recently hosted a community event in Knockanure Community Centre to announce the successful applicants. The fund will support 13 community projects, comprising a wide range of local initiatives. Further details on the event and a list of the successful applicants can be found here.
31.08.18 The EirGrid Knockanure Duagh Community Fund is now closed for applications.
EirGrid recently completed an infrastructure project in Kilmorna, North Kerry comprising of a new substation and overhead lines. The fund with a value of €70,500 was established by EirGrid to benefit the communities close to the new infrastructure.
All interested parties were encouraged to review the fund brochure and application form for further information. The fund sought projects that demonstrated broad community benefit in the areas of the provision or enhancement of community infrastructure and amenities and the provision of community education initiatives.
The fund will be administered in partnership with Kerry County Council.
Previously, we invited applications for our Mullingar-Kinnegad 110 kV Project fund. The deadline for applications to this fund has now closed. However, you can download the information leaflet which provided information on this fund here.
A detailed external review of this pilot community fund was undertaken to assist EirGrid in maximising the long term community benefit of future community funds. The full report is available here. You can find an abbreviated plain English version of this report including key recommendations below.
In some locations, and to some observers, electricity transmission lines have a visual impact on the landscape. Particularly in residential areas, they can seem intrusive when first built. This is why, in January 2014, EirGrid developed a system of Proximity Payments. We introduced these after a consultation process where we listened to public feedback. We’re building a more efficient, more effective and more economic electricity network – but we can’t do this without you.