Minister Humphreys and Minister Joe O’Brien announce second tranche of community and voluntary groups to receive support with energy bills

  • 238 successful applicants to benefit under €10 million Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS).
  • Further tranches of funding to be announced and paid shortly
  • Scheme to remain open for applications until 24th February

 Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien TD, have today (Friday, 27 January) announced the second tranche of successful applicants under the €10 million Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS).

Under the initiative, some 238 organisations from across the community and voluntary sector will receive a one-off contribution towards their increased energy bills for 2022.

Payments will begin to issue to organisations immediately.

Among the successful applicants include:

Mayo North Family Heritage CLG Mayo €1,744
River Moy Search and Rescue Ballina CLG Mayo €336
Ardagh Community Council LBG Mayo €1,298
Ballycastle/Belderrog Development Company Ltd Mayo €1,587

Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien also confirmed that applications will be accepted until 24th February 2023, with other groups around the country encouraged to apply.

 Minister Humphreys said:

 “I am delighted today to announce the second tranche of successful applicants under the Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme, awarding supports of over €264,000 to 238 organisations all over the country.

 “I hope this funding will go some way to alleviating the burden faced by these organisations as they go about their work delivering essential services, supports and facilities to communities all over Ireland.

 “We as a Government are very conscious of the impact that rising energy costs continue to have on groups on the frontline.

 “Further tranches will follow shortly. We are also keeping the application process open until February 24th to give groups in the voluntary and community sector the opportunity to get their applications in.”

 Minister Joe O’Brien advised organisations to apply for support:

 “All the information is on the Pobal website now and applications will remain open until 24th February. I really want to assist as many organisations as we can so I urge any eligible organisations to apply as soon as possible so that we can get that support out to you quickly.”

This initiative forms part of a range of measures introduced in Budget 2023 to meet higher energy costs for households, businesses and community organisations and it complements the Department’s supports to the community and voluntary sector, promoting sustainable, inclusive and empowered communities across Ireland.

Also the government is urging householders and businesses to ensure that they are availing of the supports that are in place – and to stay warm and well this winter.  For more information visit

 Full list of successful applicants is available here