ESB Energy for Generations Fund

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ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund sees €1m per year disbursed to charities on the island of Ireland working primarily in social inclusion (access to education and employment). In addition, the fund also supports charities working in the area of homelessness.

Please find details here: https://esb.ie/who-we-are/our-story/efg-funds

2024 closing dates for applications are:

  • April 22 2024
  • August 19 2024

The application link for applying will be live from April 1, 2024. If you require additional information, email efgfund@esb.ie.

Who can apply?

In order to apply to ESB’S Energy for Generations Fund, projects must meet the following criteria:

The project must operate in one of the following areas:


  • 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.

Educational Access and Support

Proposals are invited from the following:

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

The proposed projects should:

  • Be informed by evidence and focused on outcomes
  • Provide tangible and local benefits
  • Be sustainable after ESB funding ends
  • Leave a lasting legacy in local communities

Please find details here: https://esb.ie/who-we-are/our-story/efg-funds

The project must be located within the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

What we don’t support:

  • The ESB Energy for Generations Fund does not support:
  • Individuals and individual fundraisers
  • Third party fundraising (e.g. fundraising events)
  • High risk ventures
  • Retrospective funding
  • Community counselling services
  • Single school applications and school completion projects
  • Overseas work

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