Europe for Citizens – COVID-19 Update

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Please find an update below on the EU’s Europe for Citizens programme:


Travel in the EU

Obviously major travel restrictions are currently in place. However, the next funding deadline for our programme is 1 September 2020. This means that if you are successful with your funding application, your project would not start until mid-2021, by which time it is hoped that coronavirus will be controlled. See the full breakdown of project start times on page 9 of the Europe for Citizens Programme Guide.

Further information on how to manage your organisation during the crisis can also be found on The Wheel’s COVID-19 hub


EU Training Events Now ONLINE

We are committed to continuing to share information on how your organisation can access EU funds despite current disruptions. Our face-to-face EU funding events are rescheduled and will take place online:

· Partnership Development for EU Projects Webinar 19 May 2020 

·  Write Your EU Proposal for Europe for Citizens Online Training 4 June 2020

·  Write Your EU Proposal for Europe for Citizens Online Training 9 June 2020

·  Tips and Tricks for EU Applications Webinar 7 July 2020


Europe for Citizens Calls Now Open – What are the opportunities?

Civil Society Projects – Up to €150,000: Aimed at NGOs, projects gather citizens in discussions directly linked to EU policies. Funded activities may include: promotion of societal engagement and solidarity, gathering of opinions, volunteering. Deadline 1 September 2020. Apply here.

Town Twinning – Up to €25,000: Grants contribute to the costs of individuals travelling to a different European town to take part in cultural events and European-themed discussions. Tubbercurry, Killarney, Carrickmacross and Cashel have all participated. Want to join them? Deadline 1 September 2020. Read more

Network of Towns – Up to €150,000:  ​Local authorities and nonprofits working together across Europe can develop networks of towns to 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 1 September 2020. Read more


The Wheel’s EU Project Managers Network – ONLINE Meetings! 

If you are managing an EU project or just about to get started, join our group of fellow project managers. You can listen to news and advice on EU project management and meet other folks in similar roles. Next meetings:

  • EU Project Managers Network Zoom Call Friday 24 April 2020 @9.30am
  • EU Project Managers Network Zoom Call Friday 12 June 2020 @9.30am

Contact Deirdre Finlay at The Wheel join the network and log in to a call.


Programme Information – Essential Reading!

Before deep-diving into Europe for Citizens or the application form, examine the following documents, checking your eligibility and project idea:

Want a one-to-one consultation on your project idea or a chat about the programme?  Contact Deirdre Finlay at The Wheel to set up a call.



The aim of the Europe for Citizens Programme is to:

  • Contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, its history and diversity.
  • Foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level.

The programme includes funding opportunities to which all are invited to apply. Full details available on the www.europeforcitizens.ie website.  The Europe for Citizens website is run by The Wheel. The promotion of the Europe for Citizens Programme is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the EACEA.

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