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Supporting Communities

ESB has a presence in every community in Ireland and we believe we have a vital part to play in supporting these communities to build a Brighter Future and help them reach their full potential.


Education, Inclusion and Employment

ESB is committed to supporting communities through programmes that enhance access to education, inclusion and employment. We recognise the significant benefit that these programmes can bring in addressing poverty, supporting Ireland’s economy and in supporting the problem solvers and innovators needed to address societies biggest challenges. 

ESB Science Blast video
ESB Science Blast

ESB Science Blast, delivered by the RDS, encourages children’s natural curiosity by empowering them to investigate the science behind a simple question that interests them, using essential 21st Century skills. It’s a non-competitive, whole class-led STEM programme that is free to enter for primary school classes from 3rd to 6th (ROI) and Key Stage 2 (NI).

ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund video
ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund

The €250,000 ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund fund, delivered in partnership with Business to Arts, supports artists working with organisations on creative arts project to engage their communities in a positive way around climate change, sustainability, and the energy transition on the path to a net zero future. Five projects spanning theatre, poetry, music, dance, sculpture, gardening, visual arts and soundscapes were selected to receive funding.

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Sustainability and Energy Transition

To support our vision of a net zero future for Ireland, we collaborate with others to bring world class thinking to policy discussions with a commitment to helping individuals and communities benefit from the energy transition.  

IIEA / ESB REthink Energy Lecture Series video
IIEA / ESB REthink Energy Lecture Series

ESB has partnered with the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) to create the ESB Rethink Energy Lecture Series, tapping into expert thought leadership from around the globe to contribute to policy discussions on key energy issues and enrich public debate on Ireland’s transition to a zero-carbon energy future. In 2022, ESB and the IIEA co-hosted an international energy conference entitled “Accelerate: The Transition to a Zero Carbon Future”. Sessions from the conference can be viewed here.

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Our Wind Farm Community Funds

At ESB, we recognise that achieving a transition to a net zero society can only occur through responsible development which includes genuine community engagement. We want our wind farm investments to deliver long term social, economic and environmental benefits for everyone.

The wind farm community benefit funds are available to support projects that are aligned with local needs and opportunities such as the purchase of equipment, building or refurbishment work.

Approximately €1million is awarded annually via our nominated grant making organisations.

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Community Wellbeing

ESB has a long tradition of supporting communities and programmes that enhance Ireland's economic and social fabric, helping to bring light and energy to the people we serve, allowing individuals and communities to fulfil their potential in every walk of life. Over the past decade, ESB has invested more than €10 million to worthy causes through its corporate giving programmes. 

Darkness into Light video
Darkness into Light

Electric Ireland has proudly supported Darkness into Light since 2013, working with Pieta to bring hope to customers, staff and communities across Ireland that have been affected by suicide.

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Energy for Generations Fund video
Energy for Generations Fund

Our 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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Supporting the GAA

Electric Ireland is proud to partner with the GAA, a volunteer led community based organisation. The GAA is part of the fabric of Irish society and bringing communities closer together through the medium of sport has long been at the core for both Electric Ireland and the GAA.

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