Community & Voluntary Energy Support Scheme Closing this Friday

Posted on 21 Mar 2023

Applications for the Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS) will be assessed following the application deadline this Friday, 24 March, with announcements expected shortly thereafter. The scheme has been expanded to include organisations in receipt of Section 39 funding from the HSE.

This is to ensure that community and voluntary organisations and charities that are part funded by the HSE under Section 39, receive the same levels of support towards energy costs as non-Section 39 organisations.

Such organisations will be able to seek additional funding to meet any shortfall in the top-up funding they receive from the HSE or Department of Health, up to the level that is approved for other community and voluntary organisations, under the CVESS.

The scheme is open to incorporated community and voluntary organisations or charities who have been refused support under the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS), on the grounds that they are engaged in passive trade. Such organisations should apply in the normal way, providing confirmation from the Revenue Commissioners that they are ineligible under TBESS.

All eligible groups around the country are encouraged to apply before Friday.

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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

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