CSP funded businesses create energy-efficient homes for low-income households
13 September 2016
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The Community Services Programme (CSP) gives grants to community businesses that deliver services and create employment for people from disadvantaged groups. Funded by the Department of Social Protection and managed by Pobal, it supports around 400 community not-for-profit companies and co-operatives. 
Nine CSP contract holders currently engage in housing renovation services through the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme (BEWH) targeting the fuel impoverished. This scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and funds energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable. The service is provided at no cost to the household with payments received by the provider from the SEAI.
A Community Services Programme supported organisation, Midlands Warmer Homes Limited, has been awarded funding under the SEAI ‘Better Energy Communities’ (BEC) scheme awards.
Midlands Warmer Homes Manager Paul Kilmartin said: "The grant we receive from the Community Services Programme (CSP) has enabled us to employ a manager and four full time staff, including a surveyor and installers, which helps further our aim to improve the energy efficiency and conditions of homes occupied by vulnerable. Pobal have been very helpful and supportive with our CSP funding, especially with reviewing our business plans.                                                                                                                                                            Minister Denis Naughton TD with the Midlands Warmer Homes team
We are also delighted to have been successful in this year's SEAI 'Better Energy Communities' (BEC) Scheme which will allow us to expand the work that we do and provide retrofit of homes, businesses and community facilities in the Roscommon/Offaly/East Galway/North Tipperary/Laois area."
Commenting at the launch of the event, Minister Denis Naughten T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment said:  
“Upgrade projects such as this have a huge role to play in demonstrating the many benefits of energy efficiency. As well as making homes and businesses warmer and more comfortable, they support local jobs while also contributing to action on climate change.”