EirGrid welcomes strong interest as first phase of Celtic Interconnector Community Benefit Fund closes

The deadline for applications for the first phase of the Celtic Interconnector Community Benefit Fund has now closed.

A strong level of interest from community and voluntary groups was reported for this initial phase of the fund.

The Community Benefit Fund has been established by EirGrid with a total value of €2.4 million.

Priority will be given to community and voluntary organisations located within 2 km of the Celtic Interconnector cable route.

EirGrid Head of Public Engagement Sinead Dooley welcomed the number of applications, saying: “We are thrilled with the level of interest in this fund. The fund was established to enable voluntary groups and organisations along the cable route to continue the fantastic work they do in their communities.

“We want to ensure a lasting positive legacy remains in east Cork, long after the successful delivery of this strategic national project.”

She added: “It is fantastic to see such a vast array of projects under the three different funding streams: community, sustainability and biodiversity and we look forward to seeing projects being brought to life under these streams.”

Prior to the deadline for submissions, fund administrator SECAD Partnership CLG held one-to-one sessions to guide voluntary groups and organisations through the application process, with over 40 groups attending.

Applications will now undergo an evaluation process by an independent panel and announcement regarding projects successful in achieving funding is expected before Christmas 2023.

For more information, please visit www.eirgrid.ie/CelticInterconnectorFund