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Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, T.D., announces EU funding programme to assist civil society organisations

Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, TD, today announced the award of a major contract to The Wheel, the association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. The contract is to publicise EU funding opportunities and to provide a support service to NGOs, community groups and local authorities to better access European Union funds.
This is envisaged to be a 3-year programme, valued at around €730,000.

On the announcement, the Minister said;

It is vitally important that civil society organisations are fully aware of the wide range of possible EU funding opportunities. The Wheel, as National Contact Point, will play a key role to publicise these and to also improve the capacity of civil society to apply for these funding opportunities.

Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel, added;

This is a very significant investment in civil society. The programme will give Ireland’s civil society organisations access to funding opportunities and a chance to engage in European affairs. The Wheel has a strong track record for delivering European programmes and we look forward to working with the Department of Foreign Affairs to deliver this project.