Regularly engage in and participate in local donation and fundraising activities
Ensure that our efforts generate both a short and long term impact
Commit to a continued presence in the Midlands where we currently employ over 2,200 of our workforce – a region which has experienced a lack of investment in the past
Focus on the economic benefits that our programmes and initiatives can bring e.g.
Helping to improve the overall skills of a local workforce
Sustained quality employment
Financially supporting worthy causes in our communities
Creation of financial stability; within the company and the local community
Dividend payments returned to the shareholders
The Community Gains Fund
Bord na Móna set up two community gains schemes in 2014 thanks to the help and cooperation of the communities local to its Mountlucas and Bruckana Wind Farms.
A fund, based on the installed capacity of each wind farm, was established and applications are sought annually. The combined funds amount to €125,000 per annum.
Bord na Móna administers each scheme and an awards committee - drawn from business and representatives from the local community- decide every year which projects are granted financial support. To date funding has benefited schools, sports clubs, general amenity, social initiatives and a number of community facilities.
The Lough Boora Fairy Party
Bord na Móna and The Irish Fairy Door Company celebrated - for the fifth year running - the Lough Boora Fairy Party in Lough Boora Discovery Park. Last year marked the fourth year of our partnership with Barretstown children’s charity who received all proceeds from the party, amounting to €15,000.
AES Bord na Móna Charity Contribution
In 2016, AES Bord na Móna raised €78,000 through an online customer payment initiative with 1% of all online payments over €20 donated.
Monies raised were divided equally between Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and helped fund the following:
Support for these hospitals will continue throughout 2017.
The Eco Rangers programme is an initiative to bring children back to nature and is aimed specifically at primary school classes. Pupils are encouraged to embark on Eco Safaris where they map out nature trails in their locality, look at the flora and fauna, take photos or draw pictures, document what they see and creatively connect with nature.
The programme supports the national school curriculum and can be used by schools in both urban and rural locations. Teachers are provided with all the tools they need to get out of the classroom in a planned and structured approach and are supported with teachers’ packs, lesson plans and games.
Currently over 200 schools are involved and over 20,000 pupils have taken part to date. The Eco Rangers programme highlights our important role of guardians of the land.