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Bord Gáis Energy announce recipients of €100,000 Community Energy Fund


Sixteen local communities spanning 13 counties were celebrating today (Friday, 27th) as the winning Bord Gáis Energy Community Fund projects were announced at a ceremony in Dublin.

The €100,000 Community Fund was set up to mark the company's one millionth customer earlier this year and each of the projects will now have their energy bills paid for in varying amounts ranging from €2,500 to €25,000 which will allow them to focus on developing the work they do to an even greater extent.

There was one recipient of the €25,000 Award and that went to Castlebar Voluntary Social Services who since 1973 have been providing drop in services at their premises in Castle Street as well as providing meals on wheels for the elderly and under privileged in the town and outlying district. In addition to paying their energy costs for the coming 12 months the Bord Gáis Community Fund Award will allow the Service to connect to the natural gas network and in so doing reduce their overall energy bill going forward and fast forward their ambition to provide meals to 1,100 people weekly.

Five projects providing community support in mental health, a women's & children's refuge, education and training, a multi-purpose youth space and a studio for the visual arts across counties Cork, Wicklow, Limerick, Dublin and Louth received €10,000 each towards their energy costs.

With their energy bills paid for the coming year the Old Coolattin County Ltd / Carnew Enterprise Centre in Co. Wicklow will be extending their range of education & training programmes and back to work services. Cork Counselling Services will use the savings generated to extend their schools outreach positive mental health programme to four additional schools in the city. Last February Limerick Youth Service opened a multi-purpose youth space - The Factory in the Southill area of Limerick City which now acts as a hub for youth provision in the southside of the city. Support from the Bord Gais Energy Community Fund will mean that The Factory will now be able to open 7 days a week. The other projects to receive €10,000 worth of energy were the Drogheda Women's and Children's Refuge Centre who in the face of challenging financial times can now look forward to maintaining their level of service for another year and the Fire Station Artists Studio in Buckingham Street, Dublin who support upwards of 100 artists each year.

Speaking at the announcement of the Awards, John Mullins, Chief Executive, Bord Gáis Energy congratulating the Awards recipients said "it is a privilege for us to be able to support the work that you are doing in your local communities. When we were looking at how we could celebrate our one millionth customer milestone we wanted to focus on local communities and see how if we paid the energy costs, community projects like the ones here today could realise even greater potential and make an even greater impact, if that were possible. We are proud that through these sixteen projects spread through 13 counties, young people, the elderly, underprivileged, artists, people with special needs, mothers and their children at risk and people who are unemployed will have their lives enhanced in some small way through the support of this Bord Gáis Energy Community Fund".

Ten projects received €2,500 including the Galway Rape Crisis Centre; Beaufort Special Needs Project in Beaufort Co. Kerry; Midway Services in Navan, Co Meath which supports and provides independent living for people with intellectual disabilities; Dollardstown Cottage Project in Athy, Co Kildare which provides 'country experience' residential weekends for the elderly from inner city Dublin; the CRIB Youth Project & Health Cafe in Sligo which targets young people who have been isolated from mainstream services; the Linz Project in Ballymun, Dublin which provides drop-in centre facilities and meals on wheels for those who had previously lived in homeless shelters and/or psychiatric or religious institutions; Ballyduff AFC in Kilmeaden in Co. Waterford, a soccer club; Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeandna Teo in Billina, Co. Mayo who provide meals-on-wheels, shopping and visitation services for the elderly; Dochas Family Centre in Clondalkin in Dublin, a family support service that supports "at risk" families and families with addiction problems and Inishowen Children's Autism Related Education which provides day respite for families, a school holidays programme and activities for children and young people with autism and their siblings.

Over 300 initial applications were received for the Bord Gáis Energy Community Energy Fund. The final judging was done by Mary Davis, Managing Director, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Claire Byrne, Broadcaster and Journalist, Lynda Stopford, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Christine Campbell, HR Manager, Bord Gáis Energy.


Stiofáin MacDháibhéad,
Bord Gáis Energy
Tel: 01 6021116
Mobile: 087 7991206

Michelle Toner,
Fleishman - Hillard
Tel: 01 6188 420 / 085 725 9809