Are you interested in EU projects and affairs but not sure how it fits with your organisation's mission? The Wheel, with Leargas, is holding a special online event as part of it's Virtual Summit Series on Thursday, 18 June 2020 to support organisations to connect their own work to the values and policies of the European Union.
Participants will also learn about funding programmes that will help their realise their own objectives in the areas of solidarity, active citizenship, participation, inclusion and volunteering.
If you want to know more about EU programmes and consider how your organisation can get involved, join us for this short yet impactful online workshop.Attendees will explore EU policies while also learning about EU funding opportunities now looking for applicants under Europe for Citizens, the European Solidarity Corps and ERASMUS+.
Date: Thursday 18 June 2020 Time: 10am – 11am Register: here
Today the EACEA has published it's results for 2019 and you can download it here. Last year our programme received 12,489 applications for funding and selected 2171, meaning a success rate of 17%.
If you are looking to analyse the statistics within Europe for Citizens, this is an essential read. In this document you will find an overview of the Europe for Citizens programme implementation in 2019 together with some data measuring the overall impact for the period 2014 - 2019.
If you have more questions about how to apply and when the deadlines are, see our home page or contact Deirdre at The Wheel - firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for Civil Society Projects, Town Twinning and Network of Towns is 1 September 2020, the last deadline of the programme. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland, all our training has moved online. Check out these new dates. Sign up to attend by emailing email@example.com
EU Project Managers Network - ONLINE - FRIDAY 24 April 2020 @9.30am
Partnership Development for EU Projects - ONLINE - THURSDAY 19 May 2020 @10am - 11am
Write Your EU Proposal for Europe for Citizens - ONLINE - THURSDAY 4 June 2020 @10am
Write Your EU Proposal for Europe for Citizens - ONLINE - TUESDAY 9 June 2020 @10am
EU Project Managers Network - ONLINE - FRIDAY 12 June 2020 @9.30am @10.30am
Town Twinning and Networks of Towns - ONLINE - TUESDAY 30 June 2020 @10am - 11am
Application Form Tips, Tricks and Hacks - ONLINE - TUESDAY 7 July 2020 @10am - 11am
More info needed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wheel is the National Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens programme in Ireland. We are dedicated to supporting applicants to the programme through the unfolding COVID-19 crisis and to continue sharing information on funding opportunities.
EU and global travel restrictions are currently in place. However, the next funding deadline for the programme is 1 September 2020 and projects are not due to start until March 2021, by which time it is anticipated that coronavirus will be controlled.
See the full breakdown of project start times on page 9 of the Europe for Citizens Programme Guide
The Wheel’s offices will remain open until further notice. You can enquire about Europe for Citizens by emailing email@example.com and we will revert. Our land line (01 454 8727) will either be answered in the usual way during office hours (Mon - Thurs 09.00 – 17.30 and Fri 09.00 – 16.00, with an hour for lunch from 13.00 – 14.00), or if it is not answered, leave a message and these will be picked up regularly. The Wheel's COVID-19 information hub here, for additional supports.
We have postponed all face-to-face events unfortunately. However, we will be scheduling online alternatives very soon. Check back for updates. More info needed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The EACEA position on the impact of the Corona Virus on the projects / beneficiaries of Europe for Citizens is the following:
In the context of the measure taken by national competent authorities to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection, the EACEA has been consulted on the potential effect of such measures on EU funded projects whose implementation could be hindered, or partially / temporarily affected, by mobility restrictions. In that regards, EACEA reminds that participating organisations should contact the individual participants who already are in, or are planning to leave to or from the affected areas within the coming weeks; they should follow the formal and official prescription issued and/or adopted by the local competent authorities.
Within this context, the ordinary implementation of the planned actions shall be normally carried out, as far as possible, and it is for the participating organisations and individuals to decide on the appropriate and proportionate course of action to take in the light of the measures formally adopted by the competent authorities. Participants should also be reminded of the assistance that can be provided by embassies, consulates and honorary consulates in the country of their stay.
EACEA also reminds that all the Agreements contain a “force majeure” clause which may apply to mobility restrictions, as a direct consequence of the measures taken by the competent national authorities in charge. However, please note that the existence of an event of “force majeure” suitable to concretely hinder the ordinary implementation of the planned actions will be analysed on a “case-by-case” basis, and in due time, i.e. when the eligibility of the costs will be assessed.
You can find additional information on the situation on the Commission website https://ec.europa.eu/health/coronavirus_en, and on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/coronavirus, https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china/questions-answers.
Are you working at a county council and looking to develop ideas that are sustainable and replicable in other countries? Or are you keen to learn how other county councils around Europe tackle social and environmental challenges?
Local authorities and nonprofits working together across Europe can develop networks of towns to engage deeply on shared learning and make their cooperation more sustainable. Projects are up to 24 months long. Networks created by a series of town twinning links should be used for developing long-lasting cooperation between towns. Deadline for proposals: Tuesday 3 March 2020 @4pm GMT. Apply through this link.
"Town Twinning" supports projects that aim to bring together a wide range of citizens from twinned towns around topics in line with the objectives of the programme. It funds great projects that mobilise citizens at local and EU level, encouraging them to debate issues on the European agenda.
We were delighted to learn this month that Skerries Town Twinning Association have been successful in their application for funding for their project "Our future in Europe - The effects of Brexit and the challenges facing local communities in EU border countries". Upon completion of the project in Skerries this Summer and submission of their final report, they will receive funding of €7560 from the Europe for Citizens Programme. Well done all!
The Call for Proposals under European Remembrance is NOW open. In addition to this, the Commission has now published an updated Programme Guide for 2020 - Read it here.
If you are applying for funding, also don't forget to consult the Programme Priorities for 2020. This lists the dates in 20th century European history that are to be commemorated via projects i.e.:
Other priorities that can form the basis of your project are:
In October 2019 a diverse group gathered in Kilkenny, Ireland for a conference funded by the EU's Europe for Citizens programme. They discussed how to combat the stigmatisation of migrants. Kilkenny in Ireland is twinned with Malbourg, Poland.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgQvPoCWzRg
Engaging in European partnerships can benefit organisations of all sizes, allowing them to develop new research, ideas, programmes and resources. It can facilitate collaboration and learning between partners throughout Europe and enable organisations to build an international profile.
So how can you find and keep good partners for your Europe for Citizens project?
The Wheel will be hosting a webinar on Friday 13 December 2019 at 10am introducing EU partnership building and best practice. The session will feature a guest who can provide a contextual background to partnership building and management based on their first-hand experience.
By the end of this event, participants will have:
Sign up here