Spotlight on Town Twinning: EU Funding Your Project: Mayo - 25 April 2017

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Date / time: 
25 Apr 2017 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Hotel Westport, The Demesne, Newport Road, Westport, Co. Mayo
Price details: 
This is a free event for staff from local authorities, town twinning committees, community and voluntary groups and volunteers, but registration is essential.

This short information session organised by The Wheel is aimed at staff from local authorities, town twinning associations and community groups interested in starting or funding a town twinning project.  

This is a free event and registration is a must. Book your place online here.

Course details: 

Are you involved in Town Twinning? In recent years, and particularly since the recession, twinning in Ireland has been less of a priority for many towns, sometimes even considered as unnecessary travel during straightened times…

Community Engagement

Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at town twinning. As Irish society becomes increasingly diverse, partnering with European towns can achieve immense intercultural learning and positive community-based outcomes. Twinning between Ireland and newer member states like Poland, for example, can bring new communities together, while existing partners from France and Germany can build on long-held friendships.


Europe for Citizens is an EU programme that celebrates the diversity of Europe and its citizens. The 2014-2020 programme offers grants of up to €25,000 to fund town twinning projects involving two or more towns across the EU. Over the years, Irish town twinning associations have been awarded grants ranging from €5000 to €11,000.

Find out more

To promote town twinning in Ireland and outline funding available, The Wheel Funding Opportunitieswill be running a short and interactive information seminar in Westport.

Attendees at this event will leave with:

  • Funding: Information on grants available under the ‘Europe for Citizens Programme’ for town twinning and networks of towns

  • New Ideas: Presentation and discussion on what results town twinning can achieve for local communities

  • Case Studies: Stories of success from lively town twinning projects in Ireland.

  • Partner Search: Tips on how to find twinning partners from around Europe.

Facilitator: Deirdre Finlay, The Wheel

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

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

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

Who Should Attend: 

This is a free event for institutional fundraisers and grant managers from the community and voluntary sector and staff from local authorities. 

How to Register: 

Registration on the day for pre-registered participants from 10.45am to 11am.  

This is a free event and registration is a must. Book your place online here.

Course contact details

01 454 8727


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