EirGrid is the nationally owned operator and developer of the electricity transmission grid in Ireland. Their task is to deliver a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity – now, and in the future. As part of their work to achieve this, a key national infrastructural energy project, the Celtic Interconnector, is planned to commence construction in parts of the East Cork area in early 2023.
In recognition of the support of local communities and the temporary disruption which may be caused during the construction phase, EirGrid has created a €2.4 million Community Benefit Fund to be invested in communities in the project area over the period 2023-2026. The fund, which will be delivered in phases over the project period, will focus on three core streams:
SECAD Partnership have been appointed Fund Administrators for the Community Benefit Fund and will be working in partnership with EirGrid, the Celtic Interconnector Community Forum and local communities to deliver the fund over the project period.
Online Community Consultation Survey
In our capacity as Community Benefit Fund Administrators, SECAD Partnership is currently undertaking a community consultation to help shape a strategy for delivery of the fund which is due to open for applications after March 2023.
We are inviting:
- local community & voluntary groups
- local residents
- & local stakeholders
to participate in an online community consultation survey to help identify local priorities under the three streams outlined above.
This consultation phase of the strategy development is critical to ensuring that the fund maximises its impact in local communities and meets priorities as identified by the communities themselves.
SECAD is keen to hear from those living or operating within the 2 km area outlined in yellow in the map below. The survey will remain open for submissions until Tuesday, 20th December 2022 and can be accessed by scanning the QR code or via the following link: Online Community Consultation Survey