The Wheel Welcomes €10m Fund to Help Charities & Community Groups with Energy Costs
The Wheel, the national association of charities and community groups, welcomes the announcement today (13 November) of a €10 million fund to support community and voluntary groups with rising energy costs.
The Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme, which was announced by the Government earlier today, will provide once-off support to organisations within the Community and Voluntary sector, which fall outside the parameters of other energy support schemes being delivered by the Government such as the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).
Welcoming the announcement, Ivan Cooper, Director of Public Policy at The Wheel said, “The steep rise in energy costs comes at a time when charities and community groups are already contending with rising demand for their services driven by the cost of living crisis and the influx of refugees from Ukraine. Indeed, many community centers, youth and childcare facilities, arts spaces, homeless services and other community and voluntary groups will struggle to keep their doors open in the coming months. This fund will provide welcome relief for many.
The Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme will open for applications on Monday 21 November and close on Friday 2 December 2022. It is expected that payments under the scheme will commence before the end of this year and into early 2023.
More information on the scheme is available here.