Projects We Support

Projects And Organisations We Support

We are proud to have supported these projects and organisations, which we believe are taking an innovative approach. Where appropriate, our preference is to establish multi-year partnerships, where our funding has significant impact – making important projects possible.


Our current partners include:

The Cool Planet Experience.

  • The NTR Foundation is a founding partner of the ‘Cool Planet Experience’, a unique science based visitor centre on climate change, based at Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow. The Cool Planet is a permanent dynamic exhibition where visitors will be faced with challenges such as extreme weather patterns, food and water sustainablity and the impact on human health. Visitors will get to engage with what a smart country or city should look like in the future as we move towards a carbon free world. Click here to view website.

    Science Gallery Dublin.

    • The NTR Foundation has had a multi-year partnership with Trinity College’s Dublin Science Gallery, a unique institution where ‘science and art collide.’ The Foundation provides funding for the Ideas Translation Lab, which brings together students of different disciplines to explore themes of sustainability in unique ways. Click here to view website.

    University College Cork, MAREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy.

    • NTR Foundation has a three year partnership to fund research to explore low carbon energy futures for Ireland including identifying technology opportunities for entrepreneurs arising from a low carbon energy future and assessing these opportunities for a win win for Ireland. Click here to view website.

    Friends of the Earth Ireland.

    • Community Power:  Enabling Community Ownership of Renewable Energy. We have provided funding for the Community Power project, which consists of a consortium of European partners with the overall aim to improve policy and legislation across Europe in favour of community owned renewable energy.  It is generally recognised that public support is essential to meeting renewable energy 2020 targets and beyond, and that community participation in renewable energy projects can transform public opposition into support. Click here to view website

    Birdwatch Ireland.

    • We supported BirdWatch Ireland in developing a bird sensitivity map for Ireland.  This important project helps support the achievement of renewable energy targets without adversely impacting on national obligations to the Birds and Habitats directives.  By mapping sensitive bird species, the work has provided an important mapping tool and detailed guidance for strategic planning of on-shore wind energy infrastructure.  These resources are now being used by county council planning departments. Click here to view website

    In recent years, we have also had significant impact through our support of: 

    • The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ)

      We supported the establishment of the key post of Head of Research and Development. Click here to view website

    • 2011 Ashden Award.

      We sponsored an award for Husk Power Systems (India) because of its success in providing electricity to villages using gasified rice-husk as the fuel. Click here to view website

    • Tecnosol (Nicaragua)

      Tecnosol provides renewable energy solutions to off-grid communities in rural Nicaragua, where 75% of the rural population does not have access to electricity.  Tecnosol does this this by sourcing, installing and maintaining solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and other renewable energy technologies.  We provided a multi-year grant for Tecnosol’s Solar Micro Entrepreneurship project, which trained young people from rural areas in entrepreneurship, installation and maintenance of PV systems. Click here to view website

    • The Beara-Breifne and Hymany Way.

      We provided a grant for the developing a local historical and cultural amenity in East Galway. Click here to view website

    • Carbon Disclosure Project.

      The NTR Foundation was the principal sponsor of the Carbon Disclosure Project in Ireland in 2010, which encourages organisations to be transparent in disclosing and ultimately reducing their carbon emissions.  Click here to view website

    • Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

      We were a flagship sponsor of SEI’s annual awards to social entrepreneurs for a number of years. Click here to view website

    Young Social Innovators.

    • Young Social Innovators seeks to engage young Irish people to actively participate in tackling important social issues during second-level transition year programmes. The NTR Foundation has sponsored the ‘Making our World Greener’ challenge for a number of years, providing an award for the best social innovation project that addresses environmental issues.  We also provided additional funding for the 2014 winners, Tullamore College, to further develop their ‘Greener Globe’ project. Click here to view website

    Letterkenny Institute of Technology Wind Energy Centre.

    • The Higher Certificate and Minor Award programmes provide a conversion course for jobseekers to re-skill as wind turbine technicians.  This is a very practical example of an alignment of industry, higher education and public service, developing a skill base to support wind energy in Ireland while providing job seekers with new opportunities. Through our student support funding, the NTR Foundation has helped make these opportunities more accessible for jobseekers and is supporting students who are investing in their own future. Click here to view website

    PLEASE NOTE: The NTR Foundation cannot accept or respond to unsolicited applications.