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Energia Community Initiatives

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South Donegal's Meenadreen Community Benefit Fund together with new Scholarship Grants are now open for applications!

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What can the Meenadreen Community Benefit Funds do for South Donegal?

SUPPORT LOCAL STUDENTS



Newly introduced in December 2020, The Community Foundation for Ireland together with Energia are delighted to offer grants of up to €3,000 to students within 10-14KM of Meenadreen.


SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS



Up to €60,000 is available for local community groups who can apply and avail of funding to improve and enhance their own group projects.


PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES



By applying for funding, you're helping to foster positive community relationships within your local group and think more sutainably about your future and the future of others.

Background of the Community Benefit Fund

The Energia Meendareen Fund is now in its fourth year, having provided 62 grants totalling €142,112 supporting a range of organisations within the immediate vicinity of the Meenadreen Windfarm and extending to Donegal Town on occasion. Following several successful grant rounds between 2015 and 2020 and in light of the difficulties facing communities across Ireland due to Covid-19, Energia has introduced two new elements to the fund:

i) a scholarship programme
ii) legacy projects, in addition to the funds existing general grants scheme.

The addition of these two new funding areas, aim to provide the community of Meenadreen and those who live there with even more beneficial investments.
• Non-profit organisations located within the vicinity of Meenadreen are encouraged to apply to strand 1: ‘General grants’ or Strand 2: ‘Investing in the Future of Meenadreen (legacy projects)’.
• Individual students living within the vicinity of Meenadreen should apply to strand 3: The Meenadreen Scholarship Programme.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Strand 1 & 2: Applications are welcome from non-profit organisations within the immediate vicinity of the Meenadreen Wind Farm. Applications are also welcome from non-profit organisations up to 14km away from the windfarm, however priority will be given to those located within a 10km radius from the Meenadreen windfarm.
  • Strand 3: The Energia Scholarship programme is open to individuals who live within the immediate vicinity of the Meenadreen Wind Farm. Applications are also welcome from individuals who live up to 14km away from the windfarm, however priority will be given to those who live within a 10km radius from the Meenadreen windfarm.
  • Priority will be given to students who are currently undertaking/seeking to undertake a course focused on sustainability.
  • Priority will also be given to individuals who are/will be undertaking their first degree (either at undergraduate/postgraduate level).
  • The Community Foundation for Ireland cannot fund:

    - Profit Making Enterprises - Sport organisations - Religious or political activities - Projects that have already happened - Applications that are missing the required governance documents.

    Find out more on the full criteria on the Community Foundation for Ireland's website application form from the link below.

Deadline for applications is Friday 15th January 2021!

Kick start your greener future today! Find out even more detail and apply directly on the Community Foundation for Ireland's website.