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EU Transnational Funding

Did you know that there are other strands of funding available from the EU besides the Structural Funds and regional programmes such as Peace IV and Interreg. These are known as ‘transnational’ programmes which generally fund organisations from across the 28 EU Members to come together and work on joint projects.

There are essentially two different types of transnational funds:

1)  Projects which involve partner organisations from at least three countries,

2)  Exchanges of individuals or groups, which can be one-way or two-way.

Transnational programmes generally have a few key aspects:

  • Pan-European:  Projects have a European dimension, not a local focus
  • Multiple European partners: Most programmes seek a minimum of 3 partners from 3 different eligible countries. Normally all Member States are eligible plus a selection of others e.g. Norway or Iceland
  • Centralised:  Most applications are submitted to Brussels for decisions. Technical assistance is often available in-country to give support and advice
  • Small to Medium sized:Grants are not huge but moderate
  • No core Funding:  Capital, salaried/revenue or annual funding is not available. Funding is for time-bound projects of usually 1-3 years
  • Pilots:  Sometimes there may be pilot programme funding.

Budget Lines
Community and voluntary organisations may also apply to ‘budget lines' of the European Commission. Each Directorate General (the equivalent of a government department) has a budget line to implement work in pursuit of its mission. The Directorate Generals have funding opportunities and issue calls for proposals. These budget lines are in many cases transnational in ethos.

Organisations can also tender for contracts from the European Union. This often involves competing with private enterprise and having to operate at a pan-European level, so is perhaps suited to larger organisations. There are European Union guidelines for public procurement that need to be observed.

Here is a sample of EU transnational funding programmes currently offering funding opportunities for the period 2014 – 2020:

Europe for Citizens 
The Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020 aims to give the citizen a key role in the development of the European Union - promoting Europe’s common values and history, fostering a sense of ownership of the EU project among citizens, and developing activities with a European angle. Contact the Irish technical assistance today:

Creative Europe 2014-2020
Creative Europe is the EC’s framework programme for culture and audiovisual sectors. The total budget for Creative Europe is €1.46 billion.  Contact the Irish technical assistance for support:

LIFE is the only programme dedicated exclusively to the environment. Project budgets range from €500,000 for small scale projects to €5M+ for large ambitious projects with implementation of project actions taking place over 3 to 5 years. Current priorities are:

  • Climate Change Action
  • Environment and Resource Efficiency
  • Nature and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Governance and Information.

LIFE+ has a total budget of €3.5bn, with €11.4M earmarked for Ireland up until 2017, after which time decisions will be entirely merit based with projects competing against applications from other EU member states.

Covering education, training, youth and sport, the 2014-2020 programme of Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

With a total of €14.7bn, in Ireland the administration and technical support is provided by Leargas. Contact them today for information:

Haven’t found what you’re looking for?

You can see a full list of grant schemes available per theme are via the following European Commission website portal: