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// October 2016

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NEWS & SECTOR DEVELOPMENTS
Deadline Fast Approaching for Better Together 2016!

We are sure by now you've heard of The Wheel's Better Together Campaign, but perhaps you're still wondering exactly how and why it is relevant to you and your organisation.

Allow us to explain: 

  1. First off, any community, voluntary or charitable organisation, club or association working in Ireland can take part by entering a short video showcasing their work. That means you too!
     
  2. Second, when we say short, we mean short!  This means you can enter a Short (up to 60 seconds), or an Epic (between 1 and 2 minutes long, maximum). 
     
  3. You can enter existing videos - so perhaps you already have a video on Youtube, Vimeo or Instagram? If so, we invite you to enter them too (again, just make sure they're no longer than 2 minutes).  
     
  4. That brings us to the why: above all, it unique opportunity to showcase your organisation's work to the public (last year 450,000 people watched the videos - that's a lot of potential supporters!). 
     
  5. Finally, did we mention there are lots of lovely prizes? Yep, we're giving away six cash prizes of €1,000 each and six Adobe photo and video and editing software bundles. 

So there you have it: it's easy to enter, but act soon, because entries close on Monday, 7 November at 5pm!

We encourage members to use this great opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to transparency and to raise awareness of your organisation's impact.

Enter your video here or find out more at www.bettertogether.ie.

Last Chance to Sign Up to Uniquely Inspiring Accredited Leadership Programme

Applications for The Wheel's ground-breaking Leadership for Equality level 8 accredited programme close this Friday, 28 October.

This is your last chance of 2016 to get on board with this potentially life-changing and uniquely inspiring learning experience.

The feedback from previous participants of the programme has been nothing short of phenomenal, with testimonials like the two below very much the norm (read more here): 

"No words could explain the impact this course has made on my personal and working life"  

“brought me back to my own core values and helped me reflect why I work in the NFP sector”

At the heart of the programme are the following four modules:

1. Personal Leadership Model Building  / 11 -13 January 2017

2. Understanding and Leading Change  / 15 – 17 February 2017

3. Systems Change – Working Creatively with Diversity  / 29 -31 March 2017

4. Building Strategic Alliances  / 3 -5 May 2017.

Facilitated by the Community Action Network and taking place at The Wisdom Centre, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8, Leadership for Equality costs €1,100 for Members of The Wheel (€1,300 for non-members).

Places are now very limited and with applications closing this Friday, immediate action is recommended.

You can download the application form here, or click here to learn more about the programme on our website.

Download Free Sustainable Communities Funding and Governance Handbooks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has partnered with The Wheel to produce the Sustainable Communities Guidebooks series, providing up to date advice on funding and governance for community-led groups throughout Ireland.
 
Chock full of ideas and resources, both handbooks' tips and tools can be tailored to fit your needs and guide you towards sustainability.
 
You can download both guides by clicking on the relevant image below.

                  Funding Guide                                 Governance Guide
                   

Analysis of Budget 2017 from The Wheel

If you missed The Wheel's initial response to Budget 2016, we are pleased to provide here again our brief synopsis of the main points of the budget as it relates to the community, voluntary and charity sector. You will also find links to more detailed analysis at the bottom of this email.

The following key points are ordered by department:

Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government:

  • Supports for the community & voluntary sector will be €12.3 million.
  • The RAPID programme has been reintroduced for urban areas with a €2 million budget for 2017 to be delivered through local authorities. However, we are not clear yet which urban areas or how many urban areas.
  • A Community Facilities Fund is being established with a budget of €2 million. (We are seeking clarity as to what this entails).
  • A total of €78.9 million being provided for Community Programmes (up 10%).
  • SICAP funding will be €42.5 million (this is part of the Community Programmes budget). This apparent increase is subject to further clarification from the Department. 

 Department of Social Protection:

  • An additional 500 places will be created on the Rural Social Scheme in 2017, bringing the total number of places up to 3,100.
  • €2 million will be made available in pre-activation supports for people with disabilities.
  • The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance eligibility timeline will be reduced from 12 months to 9 months.
  • Funding for the Community Services Programme will increase by €1 million for 2017 up to €46 million.
  • There are no details on the TÚS programme as yet but the understanding is it will continue as normal with the same allocation.

 Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional & Gaeltacht Affairs:

  • LEADER Programme funding is to be increased as per the Programme for Government. A total of €40 million has been allocated for 2017.
  • The CLÁR programme reopened with an allocation of €5 million.
  • Rural Development Division funding is being increased to €79.2 m from €61.2m (we are assuming that the LEADER programme funding is included, but we're seeking clarification on this). 
  • The Town & Village Renewal budget trebled to €12 million for 2017.
  • €8 million has been allocated for National Rural Development schemes.

You can download more detailed analysis below: 

Budget 2017: Rebuilding the C&V sector? - Brian Harvey, Social Researcher

An overview of the impact of Budget 2017 on the wider society
- Grayson Buckley, Crowe Horwath


The Wheel welcomes your input and comments on the above analysis. Please email Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy to engage further: ivan@wheel.ie.

This Thursday: Members' Forum on Proposed Accountancy Regulations & Fundraising guidelines 

As you will be well aware, fundraising and financial reporting are topical matters in the charitable sector at present.

Following on from the public consultation process by the Charities Regulator on developing new accountancy regulations and fundraising guidelines for charities, The Wheel hereby invites you - as a valued member of The Wheel - to a special consultation for members taking place this Thursday in Dublin.

This special forum is an opportunity to air your view on financial reporting by charities and the regulation of fundraising, and to help shape The Wheel's submission to this process.  

This member meeting will take place in the Carmelite Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday, 27 October from 2 - 4pm. 

Please register here if you would like to take part.

Annual Returns to the Charity Regulator Now Due
Charities Regulatory Authority

Every charity must submit its annual return to the regulator no later than 10 months after its financial year ends. This is done by logging onto Charitiesregulator.ie.  

An annual return should include information regarding  the number of staff and volunteers engaged with the organisation as well as an activity report covering the reporting period.

Each organisation must also submit a set of audited accounts unless they are a company registered with the CRO, an education body or have a gross income of less than €10,000.  Any charity whose year-end was the 31 December 2015 is obliged to file their return by 31 October 2016. All charity trustees must file accurate and complete information on time.

www.charitiesregulator.ie

Good Governance Award Winners Announced 
Carmichael Centre

The Carmichael Centre announces the winners of the Good Governance Awards for the nonprofit sector.

The Carmichael Centre in partnership with The Wheel, Volunteer Ireland, Charities Institute Ireland and, supported by Davy, Mazars Ireland and Mason Hayes Curran are very pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Good Governance Awards. The Awards Ceremony which took take place on 18 October highlighted governance excellence in the nonprofit sector in Ireland. 

The Winners

Category 1: Type C Organisations with an annual turnover of over €500K
Jigsaw/Headstrong

Category 2: Type C Organisations with an annual turnover of between €100K and €500K
Care Alliance Ireland


Category 3: Type B organisations (organisations with employees and a turnover of less than €100K)
Helium Arts


Category: 4 Type A organisations – Volunteer only organisations
No entry was of a sufficient standard to merit shortlisting.

Special Recognition Award
Concern


www.carmichaelcentre.ie

First Annual National Rural Network Conference a Success

The first annual National Rural Network (NRN) conference took place on Friday. 14 October in Athlone. 

The opening address was delivered by Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who launched the European Innovation Partnerships initiative (EIP) under the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020.  Almost 200 participants attended the conference.

Providing funding of €59 million, EIP-AGRI will fund operational groups to implement innovative projects that contribute to the RDP.  Inge Van Oost, Policy Officer with the European Commission, spoke at the conference of the importance of EIPs within a European context and outlined its significance for solving long-term agricultural challenges. Fintan O’Brien, Principal Officer in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), summarized how farmers, scientists, advisors, NGOs and others can cooperate as an operational group to address specific issues or take advantage of a new opportunity. Ronan O’ Flaherty (DAFM) highlighted the opportunities to form operational groups looking specifically at the Hen Harrier and the Fresh Water Pearl Mussel. 

In all, both Department officials suggested that the ultimate aim of these innovation partnerships is to ‘road-test’ new ideas and practices which can then be used more widely by farmers and others to improve productivity, enhance resource efficiency and pursue sustainable farming practices.        

www.nationalruralnetwork.ie

EU Funding Programmes Update

Europe for Citizens - Priorities for 2017
Europe for Citizens is an EC programme that funds history, advocacy and town twinning projects. The call for proposals is now closed but re-opens in January with a closing date of 1 March. The Wheel is the national contact point in Ireland providing advice and support. For 2017, history projects will have to commemorate certain dates and civil society projects will need to address certain themes e.g.: 1) Euroscepticsm; Solidarity in times of Crisis; 3) Stigmatisation of immigrants; and 4) Future of Europe. Read the full document here.

Training: In January 2017, The Wheel will run specialised training workshops for those interested in applying for the civil society, European remembrance or town twinning streams.  Email europe@wheel.ie to register your interest.


EU Funding Information Session - Donegal 
Did you know that the EU supports voluntary organisations to work across Europe, enabling them to reach new audiences, promote diversity and build new skills? To raise awareness of opportunities and facilitate networking, The Wheel will be holding an information event in Letterkenny aimed at community and voluntary organisations to help them learn about EU funding opportunities. We'll cover various programmes plus there will be a specific presentation on Europe for Citizens funding. 

7pm - 9pm, Tuesday, 15 November 2016, Central Library, Letterkenny.

Read more and register here


Creative Europe - Call Now Open 
The call for proposals for the Support for European Cooperation Projects strand was published on Monday 26th September 2016. Due to the delay in putting out the call and the guidelines this year the deadline has been moved to Wednesday 23 November 11:00 Irish time (from the original deadline of 5 Oct). 

Objectives and priorities: Whilst there has been no material change to the priorities there is now explicit reference to supporting actions involving refugees and that foster inter-religious (as well as intercultural) dialogue. This would include projects that address the integration of refugees (and in particular newly arrived refugees), that provide opportunities for EU citizens and refugees to work together, that foster interfaith dialogue and that might help to counter discrimination.

Details of the Co-operation Projects Call and the full guidelines are available here.


Civil Society and the European Parliament:  Shaping Europe's Future
The Wheel with the EAPN and IEN is delighted to announce the commencement of a new exciting project funded by the European Parliament. The objective is to facilitate civil society organisations to engage with members of the European Parliament on key issues that affect them. A series of interactive events will take place over a six month period around Ireland, aiming to increase dialogue between civil society organisations and MEPs leading to greater knowledge, understanding, cooperation and participation. 

By gathering civil society organisations The Wheel will provide a platform for discussion. MEPs will be invited to come along and listen to what the principle issues are at local, national and EU level for civil society. They themselves will be encouraged to provide insights and advice on how the third sector can shape EU programmes and access funding. 

The Wheel will be running a first event related to this project for civil society organisations on Friday 9 December in Dublin, venue TBD. Register your interest by emailing europe@wheel.ie
Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s research and innovation programme. A full list of calls for proposals is available on the Horizon 2020 website. The programmes for the period 2016-2017 and a series of calls for proposals have been released - if you want more information on calls deemed relevant for civil society organisations email europe@wheel.ie.

A series of info days on the Horizon 2020 programme for 2016-2017 and other related events will be organised in the coming months in Brussels including the following one targeted at organisations working with older people:
Seminar On Priorities for Healthcare in Ireland 

The Priorities for Healthcare in Ireland seminar, taking place in Dublin on 9 November 2016, will provide a timely opportunity to examine the future priorities for healthcare in Ireland following the recent General Election and formation of the Partnership Government, and will assess current pressures facing the health service - including issues relating to waiting lists and rising costs.

The conference follows the recent publication of the Programme for a Partnership Government, and will bring out latest thinking on the key priorities it outlines for healthcare reform in Ireland in the coming years - including the target to reduce the percentage of people waiting longer than six hours in emergency departments from 32% currently to less than 7% by 2021.

Speakers include Tony O'Brien, Director General, Health Service Executive (HSE), who has agreed to deliver the keynote address at this seminar.
 
Learn more / book now here.

Social Innovation Conference: Lagan to Liffey

The North-South Social Innovation Network is organising this conference (2 November in Dundalk) to promote the North-South social innovation agenda. It will address the governance of social innovation, it’s funding and sustainability and how to protect the uniqueness of social innovation. It will particularly address, in this instance, the areas of regeneration, justice, health and education.

For us a social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or equitable than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. Social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and structures that meet the social needs of different groups in society. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open source methods and techniques.

The North-South Social Innovation Network also understands social innovation as a community driven process of developing new solutions to address social needs. This means working collaboratively with communities, social enterprise and others committed to the development of social capital in disadvantaged communities.

Attendance is free - Register Here.

UCD Launches New Community Initiative with Sector 

UCD in the Community is a new initiative established to facilitate working partnerships between University College Dublin and the nonprofit sector in order to help address social challenges. Central to UCDs strategic plan (2016-2020) is the ambition to engage more with local, national and global communities. 

They are currently putting out a call for Expressions of Interest. Civil Society Organisations are invited to submit ideas or proposals on whether, and how, they believe UCD can be of assistance to their organisations or the communities they represent. This could be a need for a piece of research or a project that requires specialist input, or some additional resource which could be achieved through volunteering commitment from UCD students and staff. CSO's are also encouraged to submit student volunteering opportunities to studentvolunteer.ie/ucd

Please email ucdic@ucd.ie to submit an idea and the team at UCD will be in contact to discuss further and assess feasibility. 

Carmichael Centre Lecture Series Continues
Carmichael Centre

Following on from its recent highly successful Public Lecture Series, the Carmichael Centre is delighted to announce its forthcoming series.

These lectures will take place in Carmichael House (7pm -9pm) and will be on the theme of Re-imagining Irish Civic Society. The lecture series has secured the participation of an exciting line-up of excellent speakers and promises to an engaging and thought provoking series.      

The lectures are free for the public to attend and light refreshments will be served.  Each lecture is limited to 50 attendees and early booking is highly advised. At the next event on the 10 November Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission will speak.

Places can be secured here >>

Contact Ken Kilbride for further information: (01) 735 702 ext. 313, email: ken@carmichaelcentre.ie.

www.carmichaelcentre.ie

Positive Feedback for Clann Credo Roadshow
Clann Credo

It has been a busy autumn for Clann Credo-Community Loan Finance. On 14 September they launched their €50m Community Impact Loan Fund, offering great deals on Loans to a wide variety of community and voluntary organisations including: sports and recreation; community facilities; social housing; enterprise centres; arts and tourism and many more sectors that have a community impact. In partnership with The Wheel, the offer includes a €150 voucher to spend on The Wheel’s training programme and expert services.

Following the success of their 20th Anniversary Conference in September, Clann Credo have been on the road around the country with their free information seminar on ‘Financing Community Growth-Loans, Grants and Fundraising’. Clann Credo representatives explain more about their €50 million loan fund as well as informing people about other ways of getting funding.  

Speakers at these events include: Clann Credo Social Finance Executives; Fundraising consultants; experts in LEADER and other community grants, and also speakers talking about their community loan experiences with Clann Credo.

The feedback from those attending has been positive and it is also a great networking opportunity. So far this autumn, Clann Credo have been in Dublin South, Monaghan, Mayo and Longford. More are planned, so look out for a Clann Credo information Roadshow near you.

www.clanncredo.ie

ISPCA and UCD launch Survey on Perceptions of Responsible Dog Ownership in Ireland
Irish Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The ISPCA and the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin have launched a new report titled, A Survey on Perceptions of Responsible Dog Ownership in Ireland. The report, compiled by Catherine Devitt, Locksley Messam, Andrew Kelly and Alison Hanlon, outlines the findings of a pilot study building a profile of dog ownership, and capturing the perceptions of responsible dog ownership in Ireland.
 
The ISPCA was delighted to partner with UCD on this important project, funded by the Irish Research Council and The Wheel through the New Foundations programme, and look forward to working with like-minded institutions to further explore how humans and pets interact in Ireland.
 
The findings in the report include that 84% of dog owners surveyed reported that their dog was neutered, and 85% reported that their dog was microchipped, a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of 12 weeks. When asked about where they acquired their dog, 42% of dog owners acquired their dog from a breeder, 23% from a breeder offline and 19% from an online breeder. Taking into account both dog owning respondents and non-dog owners, 30% of all respondents were unaware that it is unlawful for an owner to abandon their dog indicating a lack of understanding of dog owners’ legal responsibilities under the Animal Health and Welfare Act and other relevant legislation.
 
The full report can be downloaded here.

www.ispca.ie

ESC Rights Initiative Continues to Pursue Objectives

Despite government’s refusal to give due consideration to the recommendations of the Convention on the Constitution to strengthen constitutional protection of economic, social and cultural rights, the ESC Rights Initiative continues to pursue its objectives by raising awareness of the need for constitutional protection, especially in light of the inability of the legislature to address poverty, health inequalities and the need for accommodation. 

The Initiative is hoping to organise a major conference on the implementation of human rights in late 2016 or early 2017 and is presently supporting the introduction in the Dail of a private member’s bill to implement the recommendations of the Convention on the Constitution.  

Membership of the ESC Rights Initiative is open to organisations and groups whose work is concerned with the promotion, advancement of ESC rights for their membership or target group.
 
For further information, please contact: Pia Janning: pia.janning@iccl.ie (01) 7994504 or Aiden Lloyd: aidlloyd@gmail.com (087) 9191026

1 Year In - Progress Being Made on Regulation of Lobbying
Register of Lobbying

The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 is now just over a year old and the response since its commencement in September 2015 has been encouraging.

A significant amount of outreach has been conducted throughout the year and there are now just under 1,500 registrants and over 7,300 returns on the Lobbying Register.

As many charities will be engaging in lobbying activities in light of the Budget 2017 announcement, the Standards Commission would encourage all organisations to familiarise themselves with their obligations under the Lobbying Act – particularly with the commencement of enforcement provisions on the horizon.

Under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015, a person with more than ten employees, or a representative or advocacy body with at least one employee that is communicating with a designated public official about a relevant matter, must register and submit returns of lobbying activity.

For more information, visit www.lobbying.ie.

Mental Health Ireland - 50th Anniversary Conference

Mental Health Ireland's conference in November will present an opportunity for attendees to explore the themes of Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental health over the course of two days.

Reflecting Mental Health Ireland's ling history of promoting mental health and well-being and supporting people who experience mental health difficulties, this 50th anniversary conference will pose the question, “Is systemically building the wellbeing and resilience of our people the way to improve the mental health of everyone and support a healthier society?”

Keynote Speakers
Prof Peter Kinderman, President of the British Psychological Society will address the conference about “On the cusp of change: realistic models for humane mental health care” on the 21 November within Mental Health Europe’s will pre-conference seminar to which all are welcome to attend. Dr Ilona Boniwell, Principal Lecturer in Positive Psychology in the University of East London will address the conference about “Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Health” on the 22 November.

The conference will be opened by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD while Minister Helen McEntee, TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People is the featured speaker at the conference dinner to be held in The Royal Marine Hotel on 21 November.

Click here for full programme and ticketing details.

Teagasc and DAFM Launch a New Training Web Portal called OPT-IN

Teagasc has developed a new web portal known as ‘Opt-In’ which provides information in relation to employment related skills development and diversification opportunities for rural families. The Portal has been initially developed for two pilot counties, namely Limerick and Tipperary with the intention to run the Portal nationwide in 2017. The portal was launched at the National Ploughing Championships by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Andrew Doyle TD.

Opt-In is a deliverable under the Commission for Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) implementation programme funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. The Portal was commissioned following growing concerns in rural areas about informing the public about opportunities in relation to up-skilling and personal development prospects.

Speaking at the launch Minister Andrew Doyle said; “We want every farmer and rural dweller in Ireland to be in the strongest position that they can be. There is a huge amount of untapped potential in rural Ireland and a wide range of reasons for developing the Opt-In Web Portal.”

Barry Caslin from Teagasc said, “Opt-In will help equip rural dwellers with the information on training and up skilling opportunities to help them survive, and importantly to make the right choices for themselves and their families.”

To find out more about Opt-In log in to www.opt-in.ie.

Second Plenary of the Co. Galway PPN

Co. Galway Public Participation Network organised their second plenary in Furbogh on Thursday, 20 October. The event brought together community and voluntary groups and those with a focus on environmental social inclusion issues to meet and share ideas, meet the PPN reps and discuss issues affecting their communities. There were information stands on community insurance, safety, funding opportunities, volunteering and more.
 
Vincent Lyons, Chair of the PPN, welcomed participants and outlined the work to date of the PPN. Johnny Sheehan from The Wheel gave a presentation about The Wheel’s work and, particularly the work it is doing to support rural communities through the National Rural Network. There was also a presentation on health and wellbeing in Co. Galway and the important role the PPN plays within this.
 
Click here for more information on the Co. Galway PPN.

The Wheel Welcomes New Policy Officer to the Team

We are pleased to welcome Danielle Martin to the team at The Wheel as a Policy Officer, working directly with Ivan Cooper, our Director of Public Policy.

Danielle's main responsibility will be to drive the on-going development, implementation and evaluation of The Wheel’s Active Citizenship programme. In the main we will be focusing on doing this via Phase II of the People’s Conversation project. Here we will be attempting to build on the recommendations set out in the first phase of the project by turning them into a reality. Danielle, in particular, will be working with stakeholders throughout the sector who have an expertise in their particular fields to do this.

The three areas we will focus on specifically are;

  1. Active Citizenship and an independent community / voluntary sector

  2. Citizen participation in the design and delivery of public services

  3. The link between economic and social well-being and Citizen Participation.

Danielle will also be researching, analysing and preparing policy position statements, papers and publications relevant for The Wheel’s members and our public policy work on their behalf.

In this capacity Danielle will be directly consulting and engaging with you, the members and other stakeholders in developing well-supported proposals for policy change to address these impacts as well as devising advocacy plans for The Wheel to bring about required changes in policy.

You can contact Danielle directly on: daniellem@wheel.ie.

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UPCOMING TRAINING FROM THE WHEEL
(Click on any of the workshop titles below to learn more.)
Leadership
Management
Communications & Marketing
Governance
Fundraising
HR & Employment Law
Financial Governance
Members-only & Special Events
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JOBS
Jobs / Positions Closing Soon on Wheel.ie

Trainer on Internet Safety (CyberSafeIreland CLG)
Closing 31 October 2016

Digital Communications Officer (Down Syndrome Ireland)
Closing 1 November 2016

GROW Area Co-ordinator (GROW In Ireland)
Closing 4 November 2016

Marketing Executive (Mercy University Hospital Foundation)
Closing 4 November 2016

Policy Development Officer (Barnardos)
Closing 4 November 2016

Sunshine Fund: Volunteers (Saint Vincent de Paul)
Closing 12 November 2016


Visit www.wheel.ie/jobs now for more opportunities.
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FUNDING
European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020
The Department of Justice and Equality is seeking applications from suitably qualified organisations for funding for projects on the Integration and Employment of Migrants and Gender Equality under the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
Deadline: 8 November 2016
Learn more here >>

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020
Call for Proposals from suitably qualified organisations for project funding under the European Union Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) 2014-2020. 
Deadline: 10 November 2016
Learn more here >>

Young People, Children, and Education Programme Activity Fund
The purpose of the programme activity fund is to assist experienced organisations to provide high-quality artistic programmes for, by or with children and young people that are in line with Arts Council policy and strategic priorities for young people, children and education (YPCE). 
Opens: 15 November 2016
Learn more here >>

Interreg IVB - Northern Periphery and Artic Programme
The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 Programme is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective supported by the European Regional Development Fund. 
Deadline: 30 November 2016
Learn more here >>
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THE WHEEL IN THE NEWS
The Wheel actively engages with the media to promote a better understanding of our members' and the wider sector’s needs and challenges. Here is some of the media coverage that we’ve received in recent weeks (links provided where available).

On 27 September, The Wheel hosted a joint pre-budget press conference for a number of sector infrastructures bodies. Coverage included the following:
  • RTE One, Six One News, 27 September 2016 - watch here
  • RTE Radio 1, Drivetime, 27 September 2016
  • Today FM News, 27 September 2016 - listen here 
  • RTE 2FM News, 27 September 2016
  • The Irish Examiner, 28 September 2016 - read here & here.
Other Coverage:
  • Newstalk, Breakfast, 14 October 2016: The Wheel's Director of Public Policy Ivan Cooper was interviewed about the impact of the recent controversies about the sector. 
  • The Star, 22 October 2016: article by Ivan Cooper on Charity Regulation and transparency.
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MEET OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
The Wheel was founded on the idea that community and voluntary organisations can achieve more collectively. As our membership grows so too does our ability to represent and support the community and voluntary sector. We would like to welcome the following organisations, all of which joined The Wheel in recent weeks:
  • Community Gardens Ireland
  • Irish Primary Immunodeficiency Association
  • Special Needs FUN Centre
  • The Kylemore Trust

Total number of Members: 1,339
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If you need any assistance, please contact Johnny Sheehan, our Membership Coordinator: (01) 454 8727 / johnny@wheel.ie.
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