Our Funders

Posted on 30 Jul 2018

The following is a non-exhaustive list of organisations and institutions which have partnered with us to create the positive impact which helps the thousands of Irish charities, social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations.

We want to enthusiastically thank them for their support.

We invite any interested party to contact us to discuss how you too can support positive social change in Ireland.

Get in touch with us via development@wheel.ie or visit our Support Our Work section below.

Support Our Work

Communicating Europe

Communicating Europe

The Wheel wishes to acknowledge the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) for its support of our European Project Manager Network and #communicatingeurope storytelling campaign. 

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Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Irish Rural Link) 

We are pleased to be able to put our expertise, connections and huge reach to good use for the public good, through our membership of a consortium (led by Irish Rural Link) which delivers the National Rural Network for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine See www.nationalruralnetwork.ie. This is a component of the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020). 

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Education and Skills – National Training Fund

We wish to acknowledge this funding from the Department of Education and Skills through the National Training Fund to part-fund a wide range of training delivery to the community, voluntary and charity sector. This also includes our accredited leadership programmes and the Training Links network-led training initiative.

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The main partnership that we have with this department relates to the fact that we are the National Contact Point in Ireland for the Europe for Citizens Programme. In this programme, which we are delighted to host, we provide information to civil society organisations with support from the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. Additionally, through this department, we have also delivered successful projects over the years under the Communicating Europe stream. This enables us to help the public understand more about how the EU works and how they can influence matters.  

Department of Rural and Community Development

Department of Rural and Community Development

We wish to acknowledge ongoing core funding received through two programmes from our lead Department:

  1. The Community and Voluntary Pillar funding, which part-funds our public policy and advocacy function that enables us to represent the sector at national level;
  2. The Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO), administered by Pobal, is a 3-year programme from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 with an overall value of €269,158 over 3 years to part-fund core salary costs within The Wheel. The Scheme to Support National Organisations is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

We wish to acknowledge the partnership the EPA has established with us which has, and continues to enable us to produce a suite of innovative websites and publications focusing on sustainability across the Irish community and voluntary sector. The current partnership will result in an evidence-base that shows the significant impact that community & voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises make in helping Ireland reach its targets under the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Spark Change project funded by the EPA runs from 1 January 2018 to 30 September 2019.



This project (named SCOPE) runs from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020 and is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Wheel is the lead partner of this 6-partner project which aims to design basic on-line training modules for the community and voluntary sector.

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European Parliament

Over the last five years, we have been successful at creating various project-based partnerships with the European Parliament office in Ireland and in Brussels. The projects include: Civil Society & the European Parliament – Shaping Europe’s Future; Activating Youth & Community Involvement in European Decision Making; European Parliament Ambassador School Programme.



We are delighted that Medtronic has supported The Wheel in the delivery of the annual Charity Impact Awards. This innovative and leadership grant enables us to celebrate and honour the amazing work that Ireland’s charities deliver for people and communities.

We are also funded by the Medtronic Foundation in 2019 to engage in an evidence-based application of the benefit of commissioning for services delivered by the community, voluntary and charity sector.

Other Funders

We wish to acknowledge a number of other partnerships and corporate support for a range of events and initiatives at The wheel. These include:

Sarasin and Partners LLP

BHP Insurance

Adare HRM

Dogget Group