Kilkenny communities get €200,000 funding spark to develop electricity grid
EirGrid, the national electricity grid operator, has awarded more than €200,000 to community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Kilkenny and neighbouing Laois.
A total of €204,600 funding has been allocated to the Laois-Kilkenny Reinforcement Project. It is the first of three phases of funding available in the areas adjacent to the project, of a total fund of €511,500.
The Laois-Kilkenny Community Benefit Fund was established by EirGrid to recognise the important part local communities play in the development of the electricity grid, the impact works can have on communities and to ensure the money benefits groups and projects in these areas.
Groups and not-for-profit organisations in communities within three kilometres to the line were given priority in the allocation of funding by an independent fund administrator.
These included groups from Ballyragget and Ballyouskill in Kilkenny and Spink, Ballyroan and Ballinakill in Laois.
EirGrid’s Chief Infrastructure Officer Michael Mahon said: “We were delighted with the positive response from communities and would like to thank each group and organisation who took the time to submit a funding application. We would also like to thank the Laois Kilkenny Community Forum members who worked with EirGrid and the independent fund administrator in establishing and opening the fund.”