The sixth and final tranche of funding under the Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS) is to provide a further €78,000 to 30 community and voluntary organisations with energy costs, it was announced today.

A total of 876 groups have now benefited from the scheme, while more than €1.42 million has been disbursed.

The scheme was launched in response to the rising cost of energy and the impact it is having on the sector. It provides community and voluntary groups with a one-off contribution towards the increased energy costs they faced in 2022. Payments will issue to the organisations immediately.

 Among the successful applicants announced today are:

  • Donegal – Crossroads & Killygordon Enterprise Centre: €4,260
  • Dublin – Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre: €7,186
  • Roscommon – TSP Suil Ar Aghai CLG: €3,256
  • Whitechurch & Waterloo Community Association CLG: €3,286

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said: “While the grants may be small in nature, I hope they will give valuable breathing space to groups that form the backbone of our communities, delivering essential services and supports and providing facilities to communities all over Ireland.”

 Minister of State Joe O’Brien added: “This scheme was about ensuring support to community and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes that might have fallen through the net of other schemes.  Over the course of the six tranches, the scheme has given tailored assistance to small local halls and to large, national organisations.  I hope that this announcement of funding will help these 30 organisations to continue their vital work.”

The government is also urging householders and businesses to ensure that they are availing of the supports that are in place. For more information on the supports available visit: the Reduce Your Use webpage.

Click here for information on the full list of successful applicants.