Community Benefits

Community Benefits

Oweninny Wind Farm Phase 2 Community Benefit Fund 2024 - Closing Date

Oweninny Wind Farm Phase 2 Community Benefit Fund 2024 is now open for applications!

Oweninny Power 2 DAC is pleased to announce the opening of the 2024 Community Benefit Fund.

The Fund will provide grants to local community groups, not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises that operate or service communities near the wind farm, for projects that will create positive social and environmental impacts.

The Fund is part of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS-1), a key policy initiative to deliver on the Government’s Climate Action Plan, and it is structured in line with the recommendations of the RESS Community Benefit Fund Good Practice Principles Handbook. Administered by SECAD, the Fund will run for 15 years from 2024 – 2039 with one cycle of funding per year.

Oweninny Power 2 DAC will make an annual contribution of €2/MWh (of Loss-Adjusted Metered Generation) into the Community Benefit Fund for the duration of the RESS-1 Contract (15 years).  The Fund value will vary each year as it will be calculated based on the annual output of the wind farm. A portion of this Fund will be administered by Mayo County Council each year as part of their Oweninny Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

 

View the full Fund Guidelines, FAQ’s and Map

Make an application or learn more about the Fund, click here

 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 16th of July 2024.

Phase 1 Community Benefit Fund

The Oweninny Phase 1 Community Benefit Fund Scheme is managed by Mayo County Council, who have established a representative Board of Directors and Evaluation Committee to oversee the Governance of the Fund. Both the board and the evaluation committee have representation from the local community.

Applications are sought annually from clubs, associations, and other groups whose work support community-based initiatives and improvement projects. Applications received are evaluated in line with Mayo County Council’s policy on community benefit contributions required for certain major developments.

For further detailed information email oweninnycbf@mayococo.ie or 094 9064136.

Community Action Plans

Mayo County Council has developed a 5-year strategic plan for the Oweninny Community Benefit Fund. A further six sub area plans have also been developed for:

  • Bangor Erris Action Plan
  • Bellacorrick Ballymunnelly Action Plan
  • Crossmolina Action Plan
  • Eskeragh Action Plan
  • Keenagh Action Plan
  • Moygownagh Action Plan

Further information on the strategic plan is available here.