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Energy For Generations Fund

As a leading Irish organisation with deep roots in the community dating back to 1927, we are committed to playing a role in addressing some of the key social issues facing Ireland today. 

Corporate Responsibility (CR) is at the heart of this vision. ESB's Energy for Generations Fund sees €1m per year disbursed through a quarterly fund to charities working in the areas of Suicide Prevention, Homelessness and Educational Access and Support. 

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Aim of ESB's Energy for Generations Fund

Our aim with the Energy for Generations Fund is to maximise the impact of our investment by taking a more strategic approach to effect change. Funding is only part of the jigsaw – we also want to leverage the skills and knowledge we have within the company to bring about more sustainable and positive outcomes.

ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund launches €100,000 funding round in support of refugees in Ireland

ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund has announced an additional €100,000 funding specifically for projects supporting refugees in Ireland.

Applications are welcome from any charitable organisations across the island of Ireland working to support refugees. Examples include projects that remove barriers to education, skills programmes to prepare refugees to enter employment and housing support schemes are particularly welcome. 

 The closing date for Applications is 29th July 2022 and applications can be made via our online application form. 

Queries relating to this funding round should be directed to applications for overseas funding should be directed to

Support for Staff Volunteering

The Energy for Generations Fund provides support to ESB staff who volunteer within their own communities. Staff who volunteer at least 20 hours of their own time per year will be invited to apply for funding of up to €250 for their chosen registered charity.

ESB Energy for Generations Fund FAQs

Charities working in the areas of suicide prevention, homelessness and education access and support can apply to the Fund for project specific funding. 

Every quarter ESB allocates an amount from the Fund for disbursement. The amount may vary because of the volume of applications received or seasonal considerations - wintertime and Christmas may require more funding than summer.

Applications submitted during each quarter are appraised at the end of the quarter and funding allocated accordingly.

2022 closing dates for applications are:

Round 1 - March 15 2022

Round 2 - June 2 2022

Round 3 - August 10 2022

Round 4 - November 2 2022

Applications can be made via our online application form.

Each year the Fund awards €1 million in direct funding through a quarterly fund to charities working in the area of suicide prevention, alleviation of homelessness and education access and support.

Suicide Prevention

We will fund services and projects working to promote positive mental health and to build capacity, skills and training to make effective suicide prevention interventions. 

We have a particular interest in funding programmes with a focus on youth suicide and positive mental health promotion for young people. 


We will fund services and projects benefiting homeless people and those at risk of homelessness. 


Proposals are invited from the following:

  • Early years and early primary schools projects focusing on literacy and numeracy;
  • Secondary level proposals promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM);
  • Adult education return-to-education programmes aimed at those long-term out of work.

Funding is not awarded to / for:

  • Individuals and individual fundraisers
  • Administrative or operating costs
  • Salary expenses
  • Third party fundraising (e.g. fundraising events)
  • High risk ventures
  • Retrospective funding
  • Community counselling services
  • Overseas work
  • Single school applications and school completion projects

Funding must be used exclusively for the purpose of implementing the project as stated in the application form.

The guideline application amount is c. €15,000. This is neither a minimum nor a maximum, rather an indication of the scale of the resources available.  Average funding awards in recent years have been c. €8,000 - €12,000.

You can apply as often as you wish.  If you are consistently being turned down you should speak to the Fund Administrator. If you have been frequently funded, we may wish to spread the funding and you may not be considered. It is important to note that each project will be considered on its own merits and will be considered for funding if it is worthy.

You can contact one of our Fund Administrators -

Oonagh Dalton

T: 01 702 6672

Orla Gallagher

A set of criteria will be applied against applications. "Informed by evidence", "focused on outcomes", "impact" and "opportunity for staff engagement" are areas for assessment as is "local contribution."

Yes. You can contact the Fund Administrator. However, generally if your application wasn't successful it will be because of competition from other proposals or more impactful projects have been approved for this period. You can apply again during the next quarter.

You can contact one of our Fund Administrators -

Oonagh Dalton

T: 01 702 6672

Orla Gallagher


Organisations are encouraged to secure independent local funding as well as applying to the Energy for Generations Fund to maximise the level of local contribution to projects, and should indicate the level of the organisation's own resources that are being invested into the project.

The majority of fundings will be to registered charities.

All successful applicants are required to return a project report on completion of the project or within 12 months of receipt of funding. Reports can be submitted via our online project report form.