European Programmes Showcase Funding Opportunities in Dublin
Representatives of the National Contact Points for various EU funding programmes met with the Minister of State for European Affairs, Peter Burke TD in Dublin on Thursday 4 May to raise awareness of the various European funding opportunities available to Irish civil society organisations. The event was hosted by the Access Europe programme, a support and capacity-building programme for Irish civil society organisations to better access EU funds and engage in EU policy. It brought together key stakeholders to discuss the current status of EU programmes, opportunities available in Ireland, and strategies to improve access to EU funding for Irish civil society. This is one of many events taking place over the next two weeks to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May and to mark 50 years of Ireland’s EU membership
Commenting on the event, Emma Murtagh, Senior EU Programmes Manager for Access Europe, said, “This gathering is crucial in fostering collaboration and information sharing among the different EU stakeholders in Ireland. By providing a platform for engagement with EU funding opportunities, we can work together to empower civil society organisations to contribute to the wider European community. Access Europe is committed to supporting and nurturing these connections, ultimately resulting in stronger, more resilient communities across Ireland and Europe.”
The new Minister of State for European Affairs, Peter Burke TD, attended the event and provided valuable insights into the government's vision for European affairs. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about various EU funding programmes from their National Contact Points in Ireland. Key stakeholders, including government department representatives, county council staff, and community group representatives, actively engaged in the discussions.
During the event, National Contact Points delivered flash presentations on their respective funding programmes. A consultation session was held to gather feedback on how EU stakeholders can better work together to increase the impact and visibility of EU funding in communities. The ideas and suggestions presented will be instrumental in shaping future strategies for Access Europe and its stakeholders.
The successful event has laid the foundation for stronger collaboration between Irish civil society and EU stakeholders, paving the way for improved access to EU funds and increased engagement in European policy.