Introduction to European Funding for Voluntary Organisations:Kilkenny - 7 February 2018

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Date / time: 
7 Feb 2018 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
The Heritage Council, Church Ln, Gardens, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Price details: 
This is a free event for nonprofits
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This short information session organised by The Wheel is aimed at community and voluntary groups keen to learn more about EU funding.

This event is open to all nonprofits. Book your place here.

Course details: 

The European Commission (EC) is a significant source of funding for NGOs and community groups. Its regular calls for proposals and other grant opportunities offer a substantial amount of funding in a wide range of fields: poverty reduction; culture; sustainable development; active citizenship etc.

Despite this, many voluntary and community organisations avoid applying for funding because of the competitive nature of the EC grant system. Ireland, in particular, has low levels of EC funding channelled towards the voluntary sector. EC funding guidelines can be difficult to understand and application forms tricky. However, by investing time and becoming prepared, it is possible to succeed!

This short but useful information session organised by The Wheel, in association with Europe for Citizens and Creative Europe, will provide an overview of the various EC programmes available to the sector, with a focus also on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees at this event will leave with:

  • An overview of the EU financial and policy background for 2015-2010
  • A quick snapshot of the funding opportunities per EU programme (Horizon2020, Interreg etc)
  • Information on calls now opening under Europe for Citizens and Creative Europe
  • Information on training and resources available.

Facilitators: Deirdre Finlay, Emma Murtagh (The Wheel) and Audrey Keane (Arts Council)

Deirdre Finlay joined The Wheel in August 2015 as its dedicated European Programmes Coordinator.

Deirdre Finlay

A lively facilitator, she provides advice and training to members on EU funding, with a particular focus on the Europe for Citizens Programme for which she is the National Contact Point in Ireland.  

With over 13 years' international work experience spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors, Dee holds particular specialisms in institutional funding and public engagement. 


Emma Murtagh joined The Wheel in February 2017 as European Programmes Officer. 
She is an experienced EU project manager and, prior to her role at The Wheel, Emma Murtaghmanaged and assisted in nine EU funded projects for the Galway-based organisations, ProActivate Ireland and Translex Languages Services.
She currently manages the Access Europe project for The Wheel and delivery of the European Parliament Ambassador School Programme for The Wheel on behalf of the European Parliament.  Emma has a background in training and facilitation, editing, and communications.
Audrey Keane
Audrey Keane heads the Creative Europe Desk (Culture) office and is the Registrar of Aosdána (Acting) at the The Arts Council, Ireland.
The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.

About Europe for Citizens Programme

Europe for Citizens funding

Europe for Citizens Programme funds pan-European activities such as town twinning, town networks and civil society projects.

The Europe for Citizens information service is operated by The Wheel and can be accessed online at, through Twitter  and LinkedIn, or by contacting The Wheel at


European Year of Cultural Heritage 

Throughout 2018, we will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe - at EU, national, regional and local level.
The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.

Who Should Attend: 

Fundraisers and grant managers from the community and voluntary sector; staff from local authorities engaging with the community and voluntary sector.

How to Register: 

Registration for those already pre-booked will start on the day from 9:15am and the event begins at 9:30am.

This event is open to all nonprofits. Book your place here.

Course contact details

01 454 8727