The Wheel is the National Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens Programme, which helps promote understanding between the European Union and its citizens. It funds activities carried out by a range of not-for-profit organisations, councils and local authorities across Europe.
The specific aim of the 2014-2020 programme is to contribute to citizens' understanding of EU's history and diversity. Priorities are: debating the future of Europe; solidarity in times of crisis; euroscepticism; and combating the stigmatisation of immigrants.
Wish to make an application for funding? Now is the time! The Call for Proposals under Town Twinning and Networks of Towns is open - see the information here or take a look at our leaflet that gives more details. Contact Deirdre Finlay for more information: email@example.com.
We were delighted to meet with voluntary organisations on Tuesday 25 April 2017 as part of The Wheel's first Regional Forum in the West of Ireland. Hosted by Caroline Wilson, The Wheel’s Regional Champion for the region, the networking and information session, entitled ‘Meet The Wheel in Mayo’, took place in Hotel Westport, attracting forty-five people. Participants highlighted a lack of funding available to the voluntary sector as the biggest challenge to their survival.
Deirdre Finlay, The Wheel’s European Programmes Coordinator, highlighted opportunities available under the Europe for Citizens Programme. For a copy of her powerpoint presentation email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
The European Solidarity Corps is a major new EU programme that was launched in December 2016. Its goal is to give opportunities for young people to work and volunteer on special projects throughout Europe. Examples of these projects include: Rebuilding communities after natural disasters; Helping refugees that have just arrived in Europe; Clearing plants from forests to prevent wildfires; Assisting people with disabilities.
Young people aged 18-30 are now registering their interest and the corps will be deployed via existing EU-funded projects from programmes such as Europe for Citizens. Are you interested in hosting volunteers or advising young people on participation in this scheme? Check out the new FAQ document here.
If you are considering making an application to Europe for Citizens in the coming year, why not consider including the European Solidarity Corps in your project? This may be favoured by evaluators.
Like every programme operated by the European Commission, the Europe for Citizens programme is monitored and evaluated throughout it's lifecycle. Funding for the programme is public money after all, so citizens and programme leaders need to check programme performance against the intended results.
A mid-term evaluation of the programme is now underway and as part of this a public consultation process is open. If you are a former applicant, a participant or indeed a lead beneficiary of Europe for Citizens, we'd urge you to contribute. Follow this link and have your say - deadline is 10 April 2017.
Also read these excellent survey results on Europe for Citizens complied by ECAS NGO. What do you think?
The Wheel is pleased to announce that it is now delivering the Access Europe project in the Republic of Ireland until early 2018.
Co-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, Access Europe identifies EU funding opportunities and assists organisations to make winning funding applications.
The project is a joint initiative of 13 Irish organisations who are former recipients of Atlantic Philanthropies funding. Since 2015 Access Europe has worked with over 25 organisations to help them identify EU grants and advise on their EU proposals and partnerships.
Access Europe produces a FREE e-newsletter listing EU calls for proposals suited to the voluntary sector - sign up here. If you want to learn more then contact Deirdre Finlay at The Wheel today: email@example.com.
How is your knowledge of EU funding and how it applies to Irish nonprofits? Do you want to help organisations in Ireland access funding under schemes like the Europe for Citizens Programme and similar?
The Wheel is currently recruiting a part-time European Programme Officer to work on this complex but fascinating topic. You'll be joining a growing and energetic team based in Temple Bar in Dublin 2. Help shape our European Programme of activities and develop your career.
Don't miss this opportunity. Application deadline is Monday 30th January at 9am. More here.
If you're starting to prepare a project idea for Europe for Citizens and reaching out to potential partners, you will also need to study the 2017 Work Programme which has just been published.
This handy document lists the 'priorities' for the programme and helps put context around it. It lays out the challenges confronted by the EU currently including the fight against terrorism; the response to the most serious migration and refugee crisis since WW2; and the impact of Brexit.
In this way, the document asserts the relevance of the Europe for Citizens Programme and the need to increase awreness about the need for European integration. Reflecting on these themes can help you and your organisation think up a creative project idea. We advise reading the full document here and visiting the EU's citizenship portal for more ideas. Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our programme helps promote understanding between the European Union and its citizens. It funds activities carried out by a range of not-for-profit organisations, councils and local authorities across Europe.
The specific aim of the 2014-2020 programme is to contribute to citizens' understanding of EU's history and diversity. It also aims to foster European citizenship and encourage democratic engagement at EU level.
Wish to make an application for funding? Now is the time! The Call for Proposals under all three strands is NOW OPEN - see the information here or take a look at our leaflet that gives more details.
In anticipation of the EU Commission publishing the next LIFE Call for Proposals in May 2017, and bearing in mind the programme’s increased emphasis on transnational projects, the UK LIFE office are inviting registrations from Ireland for a webinar:
LIFE Overview: LIFE priorities and application process, 1st December, 10:30 -11:30
This webinar will provide an overview of the LIFE programme, detailing the programme priorities, eligibility and the application process. This webinar is targeted for first time applicants who want to have a better understanding of the funding stream for Nature, Environment and Climate related projects. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/172387308998143489
If you cannot link in to the webinar it will be uploaded to the UK LIFE website as soon as possible. For further enquiries contact Pat Martin at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
The Wheel with the EAPN and IEN is delighted to announce the commencement of a new exciting project funded by the European Parliament. The objective is to facilitate civil society organisations to engage with members of the European Parliament on key issues that affect them. A series of interactive events will take place over a six month period around Ireland, aiming to increase dialogue between civil society organisations and MEPs leading to greater knowledge, understanding, cooperation and participation.
By gathering civil society organisations The Wheel will provide a platform for discussion. MEPs will be invited to come along and listen to what the principle issues are at local, national and EU level for civil society. They themselves will be encouraged to provide advice on how the third sector can shape EU programmes and access funding.
The first event will be hosted by Nessa Childers MEP on Friday 9 December in Dublin at the Carmelite Community Centre, Dublin 2. Register for this event here.