Community & Sponsorship
Involved in communities, committed to playing our part
Community, Innovation and the Arts
ESB is rooted in communities throughout Ireland, and beyond. We have been supplying power to industry, communities and individuals for almost 90 years. Our history makes us part of Ireland's heritage. Our position as Ireland's foremost energy company makes us a vital part of building a brighter, more sustainable future.
We do this by:
- Supporting communities to advance their skills and knowledge through education, and to enjoy positive mental health.
- Supporting young people and adults to engage with science, technology and engineering (STEM) so that they can become the entrepreneurs and researchers of the future.
- Supporting individuals and communities to participate and develop a vibrant arts culture which supports creativity and fosters innovation.
- Protecting and preserving our heritage and environment for future generations to enjoy.
To date, our investment in communities, innovation and arts has made some real impacts for individuals and communities. Here are some key facts about our activities:
- ESB has invested €10 million to support community groups throughout Ireland over the past decade through the Energy for Generations Fund.
- ESB encourages stronger interaction and engagement with communities living in the vicinity of wind farms through the Windfarm Community Fund.
- ESB promotes technology and engineering through partnerships with Science Gallery Dublin, TechSpace and Engineers Ireland
- ESB supports the arts, heritage and the environment through ESB Tree Week, No. 29, the Georgian House Museum and ESB Feis Ceoil.
- ESB supports the alleviation of fuel poverty and makes an annual contribution to the staff social justice fund, ElectricAid and provides volunteering opportunities for staff.
- In 2000, ESB was a founder member of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), Ireland's only dedicated network for responsible business. ESB was also one of the first companies in Ireland to achieve the BITCI Business Working Responsibly Mark in 2011.
Promoting Innovation through STEM
ESB helps to develop critical talent for the future by supporting the development of skills in science, technology and engineering through partnerships with Web Summit, (ESB Spark of Genius), Science Gallery Dublin, Engineers Ireland and City Spectacular
ESB Spark of Genius websummit.net
The ESB Spark of Genius Awards is awarded each year to the most promising and high potential Irish tech start-up. Early stage start-ups are invited to apply, and shortlisted companies pitch to a distinguished panel of judges with an opportunity to appear at Web Summit and win a €25,000 prize fund. Past winners of the ESB Spark of Genius Award include Love & Robots, Viddyad and SmartThings which was recently acquired by Samsung for a reported $200m, and Datahug.
Science Gallery Dublin
ESB provides multi-annual funding to Science Gallery Dublin, an organisation which actively promotes STEM and the Arts to 15 - 25 year olds in a way that is inspiring and creative and is fully aligned with the objectives of ESB. Through this partnership, we work with Science Gallery's MAKESHOP to bring basic electronics workshops to young people across Ireland using our network of ESB volunteers. dublin.sciencegallery.com
ESB is a gold sponsor of the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular event which takes place in Dublin & Cork every year. ESB's Spark Your Imagination area is the children's culture & creativity centre of the City Spectacular festival and features innovative collaborators who provide fun, excitement and inspiration for children of all ages. cityspectacular.com
Through the ESB's CSR fund Energy for Generations, we are supporting TechSpace to develop a national programme to promote STEM to young people across Ireland. TechSpace works through a network of youth organisations, projects and schools to enable participants to creatively express themselves using technology. www.techspace.ie
IIEA Power to the People Seminar Series
To inform debate regarding Ireland's future energy options, ESB sponsors the Irish Institute for European Affair's public lecture series on energy, Power to the People. This series attracts leading experts and thought leaders from around the globe, with former speakers including Amory Lovins, Dr. Dario Gil, and Alex Laskey. www.iiea.com
Engineers Excellence Awards
ESB supports excellence in engineering in partnership with Engineers Ireland, as overall sponsorship of the annual Engineers Excellence Awards and category sponsorship of the International Engineer of the Year Award. www.engineersireland.ie
Through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, ESB seeks to empower and enrich the lives of individuals and communities. We offer our support through grants, sponsorship, partnerships and knowledge transfer from our staff to individuals and communities.
Energy for Generations Fund
Over the past 10 years, we have awarded approximately €10million through the ESB Energy for Generations fund to community based projects around Ireland working in the areas of educational disadvantage, suicide prevention and homelessness.
In the area of educational disadvantage, organisations supported by ESB include: TechSpace, an initiative that encourage young people to express themselves through technology, An Cosan's virtual community college, Fighting Words, a creative writing centre for children and Business in the Community's Time to Read Programme. To apply for funding, click here
Wind Farm Community Fund
Our wind farm community aims to encourage stronger interaction and engagement with communities living in the vicinity of our wind farms by providing supports that are clearly aligned with local needs and opportunities. Approximately €1million is awarded annually via nominated grant making organisations.
Official Energy Partner to the GAA
As Official Energy Partner to the GAA, we work with Energy Fit to help GAA clubs across Ireland manage their energy consumption and promote energy efficiency. www.gaa.ie
Road Safety Authority
Since 2010, ESB has successful partnered with the Road Safety Authority (RSA), to distribute hi vis vests to over 500,000 junior infants as part of the “Be Safe Be Seen” initiative. www.rsa.ie
Preserving our Environment and Heritage
ESB's commitment to preserving and maintaining our environment and heritage is demonstrated through our relationship The Tree Council during ESB Tree Week, and through our patronage of Number 29, Dublin's Georgian House Museum. We also maintain an important national archive charting the history of electricity in Ireland.
ESB Tree Week
ESB is the title sponsor of ESB Tree Week and works in conjunction with Coillte and The Tree Council of Ireland to promote the planting, care and conservation of trees. ESB Tree Week is a week long celebration of trees and the aim of this is to raise awareness of and promote the planting of trees while also encouraging individuals, families, communities, schools and businesses to actively organise and engage in tree initiatives at a local level. www.treecouncil.ie
Number 29 www.esb.ie/.../numbertwentynine
No 29 Fitzwilliam Street Lower is Dublin's Georgian House Museum, which is owned and operated by ESB in partnership with The National Museum of Ireland. The Museum was opened to the public in 1991 and is a valuable educational resource which informs, entertains, and makes accessible the social, decorative, cultural, and political history of the late Georgian capital. The house highlights life in Georgian Dublin during the period 1790 to 1820. Visitors take a tour from the basement to the attic, through rooms which have been furnished with original artifacts, as they would have been at that time. Approximately 30,000 people visit the museum annually (between February and December)
ESB Art Collection We are proud patrons of the arts in Ireland, and throughout our history have commissioned artists to capture important milestones and developments in our company. Within our collection, we have the largest and most significant collections of the artist Sean Keating's contemporary history paintings in the world. Since 2007 ESB has identified and celebrated excellence in the visual arts at the Royal Hibernian Academy's annual exhibition through the 'ESB Keating Awards for Outstanding Art Work' and the ESB Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture'. In 2014, ESB commissioned Martin Gale to paint a number of oil paintings and watercolours to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Turlough Hill.
Promoting the Arts
For generations, ESB has been a supporter of the arts, recognising that a vibrant arts culture can drive innovation and creativity and play a key role in community engagement. This tradition continues today and can be seen, heard and enjoyed through our partnerships with ESB Feis Ceoil, ESB Centre for Study of Irish Art in The National Gallery and ESB Live at the National Concert Hall.
ESB is a multi-annual corporate sponsor of the Abbey Theatre, Business to Arts and the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Our flagship arts sponsorships include:
ESB Feis Ceoil www.feisceoil.ie/
ESB Feis Ceoil is an annual classical musical festival which promotes excellence in the learning and performance of Classical music across all ages, levels and disciplines in Ireland. Each year, over 5000 young musicians compete in over 200 competitions
ESB Centre for Study of Irish Art www.facebook.com/pages/ESB-Centre-for-the-Study-of-Irish-Art/
Established in 2002, the National Gallery of Ireland's ESB Centre for Study of Irish Art has firmly established its role in promoting and supporting the study of Irish art. It's library and archive collections are now an essential resource for anyone interested in the history of visual art in Ireland. The ESB CSIA's primary collection comprises over 50 individual collections of original archive material relating to Irish artists, groups and institutions from the eighteenth century to the present.
The ESB Live Concert Series hosted by the National Concert Hall provides a platform for some of the finest Irish and International artists to perform, including Jack L, Julie Feeney, Carlos Nunez, Pink Martini, The Gloaming, Cerys Matthews, Ladysmith Black Mombazo and Anuna.