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 the following events unfortunately. However, we will be scheduling online alternatives very soon. Check back for updates:
EU Project Managers Network - 27 March 2020 - Dublin
Partnership Development for EU Projects 2 April 2020 - Dublin
Write Your EU Proposal for Europe for Citizens - 4 June 2020 - Dublin
Write Your EU Proposal for Europe for Citizens - 9 June 2020 - Galway
EU Project Managers Network - 12 June 2020 - Dublin
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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
According to a report published this month by the EACEA on the results of Europe for Citizens in 2018, 1796 applications were submitted from all around Europe with 16 coming from Ireland, six of which were selected. The average success rate by country was 23% but for Ireland the success rate was 38%, the fifth highest based on a ratio of those submitted/selected per country.
Europe for Citizens continues to be competitive so applicants need to focus on designing good projects and writing strong proposals. To win funding in 2018, the minimum score required for Civil Society Projects in 2018 was 82.5 but for Town Twinning, a score of 71 or more was suffice. Irish-led projects tended to have lower numbers of partners, possibly attributable to our geographical distance from mainland Europe.
Stats and data are useful, but most important of all is the difference the programme is making at local, national and EU level. Speaking on the programme’s impact, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitri Avramopoulos said;
"In 2018 the Europe for Citizens programme continued to stimulate EU citizens' democratic engagement to debate and act on the issues that are at the top of the EU political agenda and EU policies: the future of Europe, migration, security and socio-economic solidarity. Funding small, high-impact projects with reasonable budgets is an important way to connect citizens to, and engage them in, the Union, promote its democratic values and - to coin a Greek phrase – make a European demos a reality”.
Do you want to apply for funding and want to understand the stats? Contact email@example.com to discuss these results or read the full report here.
Results are in! The Wheel wishes to congratulate the following Irish organisation which has been awarded funding from Europe for Citizens, Town Twinning strand:
Are you also seeking to apply? Attend our practical workshops in November 2019 for top tips and guidance on EU funding applications. See here.
Today we are delighted to announce the results of the 2019 European Remembrance funding round from Europe for Citizens. Against a deadline of 1 February 2019, the EACEA received 262 eligible funding proposals, including four from Ireland.
So who from Ireland has been successful? The Wheel wishes to congratulate the following Irish organisations who have been awarded funding:
The next funding deadline will be 1 February 2020. Are you seeking to apply? Attend our practical workshop on 19 November 2020 for top tips and guidance on EU funding applications. Book here.