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Irish electric company calls for winter funding applications

Irish electric company calls for winter funding applications

ESB has made a call for applications for the winter round of its Energy for Generations Fund, which is open to voluntary organisations in the Republic of and .

The Fund was launched in 2014 with a pledge to commit €1 million per year. This Autumn round is worth around €250,000.

It supports activity in three areas:

• suicide prevention

• alleviation of homelessness, and

• education access and support.

Last year the Fund supported 150 organisations. This year there is a particular focus on education with early years and early primary school projects which tackle literacy and numeracy, secondary level proposals promoting the STEM agenda and adult education return-to-education programmes aimed at those long-term out of work given a priority.

Staff volunteering

The Fund will also provide support to 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 of up to €250 for their chosen registered charity.

While it is expected that most grants will be of the order of €10,000, some larger grants will also be available.

The next deadline is 13 November 2015. Application guidelines and the application form are available on ESB’s website.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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