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// August 2016

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NEWS & SECTOR DEVELOPMENTS
Valuing & Supporting the Work of Irish Charities
 
Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel addresses recent controversies emerging from the Irish charity sector.

It has been a challenging summer for our members and for charities in general. What began as a story of alleged impropriety in one organisation developed into a multi-faceted scrutiny of not only how Ireland's community, voluntary and charity sector is funded and governed, but it's very raison d'être.


As you and all our members are most like aware, the team here in The Wheel has been working on your collective behalf in the public domain, as well as behind the scenes on numerous fronts to mitigate the negative impact of these very particular events on the sector's work (see The Wheel in the News section below for further detail). Our priority has been to ensure that no generalisations are made about the sector as a whole arising from developments involving a handful of organisations in one part of the sector. We have been doing this by providing balanced inputs in the media, correcting misconceptions wherever possible, and working with the Charity Regulator, relevant Government departments and other key actors to develop a way forward for the sector.

The Programme for Government commits to producing a strategy for the development of the community and voluntary sector, and we are working to encourage Government to expedite the production of this badly-needed strategy. We need a clear framework for charities to operate in – one that recognises and values the role of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland today; one that resources their work adequately and one that regulates the sector sensitively. We call it delivering the Three Rs for Charities and believe that it needs to find form in a coherent national strategy for the community, voluntary and charitable sector.

There is, however, much that you and all our members can do as individual community and voluntary organisations to contribute to sustaining public support for the sector, and thus I am reiterating our many previous calls for all of our members to:

1) Be transparent by publishing good quality information on the impact of your work, your finances, and your trustees on your websites. 2) Check that you have fully completed your organisation's entry in the CRA's Register of Charities and that you have submitted your Annual Report to the Charity Regulator. 3) Adopt the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations (or a similar quality Code). 4) Comply with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising (if you fundraise from the public). 5) Additionally, large charities should adopt the Statement of Recommended Practice for Financial Reporting by Charities (SORP).

We are also calling on the Charity Regulator to prioritise the development of activity and financial reporting standards for charities to ensure consistency in reporting about the finances, the impact, the governance and the fundraising work of all charities.

We believe that these actions by all charities - alongside the full investigatory powers that the Charity Regulator is now getting - will help to restore and maintain high levels of public trust and confidence in the sector.

The immense positive contribution by charities in many ways characterises our country – a country where people have always seen the importance of getting actively involved in shaping the future of our communities. We want to make sure that this great national asset is protected and celebrated into the future, and not maligned or undermined by knee-jerk reactions to unacceptable practice in a small number of individual organisations. 

The membership of The Wheel, at 1,300+ is a powerful force that can make a difference, if we act collectively. So let’s all get our respective ‘governance house’ in order with the five steps outlined above. 

Deirdre Garvey
CEO of The Wheel

Better Together 2016: New Opportunities to Showcase Your Cause from 12 September


Entries for the 2016 Video Story competition opens on Monday, 12 September with more prizes, new categories and more opportunities to recruit new supporters.
 
We want to use the power of short video stories to make people care, act and engage with your cause. So, between 12 September and 7 November you can enter two types of video stories:
  • Epics (Youtube & Vimeo videos, 1 to 2 minutes)
  • Shorts (Instagram videos, up to 1 minute)
Anyone can do it: just grab your camera or smartphone and start shooting, because whether you are a large national charity or a small voluntary group, this is your chance to stand up and tell Ireland why your cause matters.
 
More Prizes, Categories & Opportunities
We are giving away six €1,000 cash prizes and six fabulous technology prizes, including Adobe Elements & Elements Premiere photo and video editing software bundles and access to all of Adobe’s industry-leading creativity software for a full year.
 
Any non-profit based in Ireland (including charities, clubs and associations) can enter an Epic, a Short or both, as outlined here:
  • Epics (one to two minutes): your video story should show: 1) what your organisations does, 2) why you think it is important and 3) what the public can do to support you. It can consist of interviews with volunteers, staff or service users; a behind the scenes look; a photo-montage; a stop-motion animation - or any other video that tells your story!Videos that engage with the campaign's theme (better together) will get extra points. Upload your video Youtube and Vimeo and enter at www.bettertogether.ie from 12 September 2016.
     
  • Shorts (Instagram videos, up to 60 seconds): shoot your video with the Instagram smartphone app and post it on Instagram with the hasthag #btogether2016. Your challenge is to tell Ireland why your cause matters in one minute or less. Videos that engage with the theme (better together) will get extra points. Enter at www.bettertogether.ie from 12 September 2016. 
There are separate Epics and Shorts categories for small, medium-sized and large organisations.
 
What’s next?
Once you have entered, we will share you video story on www.bettertogether.ie and with our thousands of fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Yes, that’s right, this year we will be showcasing your individual entries to thousands of potential supporters, donors and volunteers!
 
The public will vote for their favourite video stories between 21 September and 8 December. Five videos will be shortlisted in each category and a panel of judges will select one winner in each of the six categories. In the meantime: start planning your video and stay in touch by liking our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@bettertogethercampaign).

www.bettertogether.ie
The Wheel is Recruiting a New Board Member
 
Are you interested in playing a voluntary leadership role that will have an impact across the whole of the community, voluntary and charity sector? The Wheel’s board of directors is looking to co-opt one new member in Autumn 2016 and is interested in hearing from, or about, prospective candidates with the desired profile and experience.

Deadline: 2 September 2016.

Full details here >> 
Good Governance Awards for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Awards Launched
Carmichael Centre
 
The Good Governance Awards recognise, support and encourage adherence to good governance practice by community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland.

The Awards have been developed by the Carmichael Centre with the support of the Irish Charities Tax Reform (ICTR), Volunteer Ireland, The Wheel, Davy and Mazars Ireland.

Aims
In this inaugural year, the Good Governance Awards seek to acknowledge, encourage and promote good governance practice. The awards will recognise and provide practical examples to other organisations as to what an excellent or very good directors’ report & financial statements looks like. As such, the Good Governance Awards aims to support and encourage the community and voluntary sector to use their annual reports and financial statements to showcase the embracing of and adherence to good governance. 

For more information on how to enter and on the Awards Ceremony please visit: www.goodgovernanceawards.ie.
New Strategy Statement and Charities Act 2009 Update from Charities Regulatory Authority
Charities Regulatory Authority
 
In July, the Charities Regulator Authority launched its Strategy Statement for 2016 – 2018. The document outlines a number of the Regulator’s core objectives for this three year period in addition to providing an overview of its organisational structures.  

The Statement of Strategy is crucial for the development of fair and strong regulation in the sector. The key parts of the document relate to Registration & Reporting, Compliance & Investigation and Stakeholder Engagement.

In  addition to the publication of its Strategy Statement, the Regulator is also preparing for the commencement of Part 4 of the Charities Act 2009, which will take place on 5 September 2016. Upon its commencement, the Regulator will have the  power to formally appoint inspectors to investigate potential non-compliance with the Charities Act.

A  copy  of the Strategy Statement and the Commencement Order for Part 4 of the Charities Act 2009, can be found here on the CRA website.
Accredited Training Available from The Wheel, including New Masters Programme

With The Wheel's Autumn 2016 Training Calendar gearing up for a full launch in the coming days (watch this space), we wanted to take this opportunity to first of all introduce you to our accredited training courses/workshops.

New Educational Pathway for Non-profits Programme, including MSc
Registration is now open for The Educational Pathway for Non-profits programme, which is offering a full Master of Science in Non-profit Management, as well as Certificates in key areas of non-profit management and operations. 

The result of an innovative collaboration between The National College of Ireland, The Wheel and Quality Matters, all of the following programme elements have been developed to address the current and emerging needs of the Irish non-profit sector: 
  • MSc in Non-profit Management
  • Leaders for Change - Certificate in Non-profit Leadership and Management 
  • Certificate in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate in Project Management and Implementation Science
  • Certificate in Management of Information Systems and Social Impact Measurement.
Enrollment for the MSc and first two courses is ongoing (enrollment for the last two courses is imminent).
 
You can also contact Regina Dunne with any specific queries you may have: regina.dunne@ncirl.ie.
 

Leadership for Equality - Level 8 Accredited Programme
The aim of Leadership for Equality is to strengthen and develop the capacity of leaders within the Irish community and voluntary sector who are working towards change within an equality and social justice context.

Specifically, the programme will equip you with the many skills required to make an excellent leader. This will include different styles of leadership as well as self and organisational awareness, with a particular emphasis on the personal and reflective leadership journey.

Accreditation: Professional Certificate in Leadership for Equality (level 8). Accreditation provided by NUI Maynooth.

Enrollment for the next Leadership for Equality Programme (spring 2017) is ongoing. Note: the deadline for applications is 14 October 2016.

Access the application form and relevant details here >>
Fundraising from America - Workshop & Individual Sessions
 
October will see the delivery of one of the most innovative and engaging fundraising workshops of the entire year: Fundraising from America - Winning the Support of Individuals, Foundations & Companies is The Wheel's new half-day workshop (see dates below), focusing on how your non-profit can tap into the American philanthropic landscape to help you drive your mission forward. 

In particular, the workshop will explain step-by-step what it takes to tap into the enormous potential for securing funding from America, including:
  • How to identify the diverse & sophisticated sources of American funding
  • Practical answers to technical and tax questions - learn the facts & dispel the myths
  • Conducting effective research (where to look and what to seek)
  • Writing successful applications tailored to the American funding landscape
  • Attracting those specialising in Major Gifts and Planned Giving Programs
  • An overview of other fundraising territories (besides the US).
Individual Sessions
Up to 4 attendees of the workshop will be able to avail of our 50-minute one-to-one fundraising coaching sessions with our expert facilitator, Nancy Bikson (bio below), who will be able to offer you specific answers to any queries you may have relating to fundraising from America. From the tax / technical perspective, or purely about writing winning applications and finding potential sponsors in the States, these sessions will provide you with invaluable direct access to one of the true international experts on the topic. 

Note: with only 4 such sessions available for the afternoon (between 2pm and 6pm), members of The Wheel will be given priority access to this amazing opportunity but availability is on a first come, first served basis.

Facilitator: Nancy Bikson, Managing Director of Chapel & York
Nancy is a US lawyer with a Master’s Degree in tax and over twenty years’ experience in the non-profit sector. She writes and  speaks extensively about charities, fundraising and cross-border philanthropy. In private practice in the United States she worked extensively with non-profits and set up charitable giving programmes for clients. 

About Chapel & York
Chapel & York has become a leading provider of international and cross-border fundraising services for charities and non-profits and has assisted its clients in raising over US$1 billion (and counting) for projects all over the world.

Workshop Dates / Booking:

4 October 2016: 9.30am - 1pm
(individual sessions available in afternoon)
Learn more about both here >>

5 October 2016: 9.30am - 1pm
(individual sessions available in afternoon)
Learn more about both here >>
Free Trustee Training Foundation Course to Focus on Charity Investments
 
Sarasin & Parner's next Trustee Training Foundation course has been arranged for Wednesday, 21 September 2016.

The course will be held here at the Sarasin offices at 120 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 and will run for 2.5 hours approx. from 9.30am to 12.00noon. There will be a break and light refreshments will be available beforehand.

The course will seek to cover the following areas:
  • Why own investments?
  • Investment Powers of Charities
  • The Investment Universe – key elements of different asset classes (i.e. bonds, equities, property etc)
  • Has owning investments worked?
  • Creating and implementing a strategic investment policy
  • Selecting and monitoring an investment manager.
All course materials will be provided to you on arrival and an application CPD hours will be made. There is no charge for this course.

Please visit the Sarasin website for further information (expected to be confirmed shortly) & contact details: www.sarasin.co.uk.
Free Online Dementia Course
 
University College London will be running a free online course (starting 3 October) about dementia.

This four-week course (2 hours p/w) will be presented by experts from the UCL Institute of Neurology and Division of Psychiatry who are highly regarded for their work as scientists and clinicians. Importantly, you’ll hear from people who have been diagnosed with dementia, and people who care for a family member with dementia to get a better understanding of the impact that a diagnosis of dementia brings. 

You’ll be able to understand how dementia affects people by watching video interviews, look deeper into the topics by reading articles, interact through activities and questions, and also learn from others on the course by taking part in the discussions that accompany each step. You can join the conversation now by signing up and visiting the welcome page.

This course was created, and is led by Dr Tim Shakespeare, Alzheimer’s Research UK Fellow at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology.

More information can be found here >>
Clann Credo 20th Anniversary Conference
Clann Credo
 
Clann Credo - the Social Investment Fund - invite you to attend their Annual Conference on Thursday 15 September from 9 am – 2 pm at the historic Richmond Barracks in Inchicore, Dublin 8.  



Clann Credo (CC) will be celebrating 20 years as Ireland's leading provider of community loan finance. Since 1996, CC has supported over 800 Projects with almost €85 million of social finance.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins will address the Conference at which Katie Hannon, RTE Prime Time's Political Correspondent will act as Moderator.

Other Key speakers include:
  • Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell - Communities Define a Nation's Strength.
  • Cathy Moore - The Path to Clann Credo, the story of our Founder, Sr Magdalen Fogarty.
  • 3 Community Projects will showcase how they achieved big community impact.
A light lunch will be followed by a free guided tour of the Richmond Barracks, which was redeveloped by Dublin City Council in collaboration with the local community as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

Book your place here >>
Seminar: Priorities for Healthcare in Ireland



When: Weds, 9 November 2016
Where: Central Dublin
Guest of Honour: Tony O'Brien, Director General, Health Service Executive (HSE)?

This important seminar will provide a timely opportunity to examine the future priorities for healthcare in Ireland following the 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 the coming years.
 
It also comes with the establishment of a Future for Healthcare in Ireland cross-party Committee, which has been set up to look into the long-term future of healthcare in Ireland, and delegates will have an opportunity to discuss its latest work and recommendations.
 
Overall, areas for discussion will include:
  • The future of hospital care - infrastructure, capacity and tackling waiting lists;
  • Next steps for healthcare regulation and ensuring patient safety;
  • The future of the Health Service Executive and its possible replacement; and
  • Challenges in the delivery of effective primary and community care.
Those attending will include key policymakers from the Oireachtas and senior officials from the Government of Ireland, regulators and other agencies, as well as stakeholders from the public and private healthcare sectors, patient groups, nursing homes and home care providers, charities, local authorities, academics and commentators, and others with an interest in the important issues being discussed.
 
The full agenda and booking details are available here.
Focus Ireland Working to Keep Policy Makers Informed
Focus Ireland

Most community and voluntary organisations collect information about the number of people they work with (with a recent emphasis being placed upon outcomes, in particular). Much of this work is subsequently published via annual reports and made available to supporters and funders - but often this valuable information is otherwise largely ignored and/or forgotten.

A lot of this information could be of great benefit to policy makers, however, if it was made available in a reliable and easily accessible form.

And so, with the extraordinary rise of family homelessness in Ireland in mind, Focus Ireland has committed to making available such information in a series titled, ‘Insights into Family Homelessness’, which can be accessed here. The fourth paper in this series looks at the reasons why 70 families became homeless in March this year and can be accessed here.

www.focusireland.ie
Workplace Equality Index Awards 2016

Join GLEN and leaders from business and public sector for the 2016 Workplace Equality Index Awards with TV3 Presenter and former Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh. 

When: Tuesday, 20 September 2016 from 12:30pm until 4:00pm.
Where: The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.  

The Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality 2016 and the winners of the Workplace Equality Index Leadership Awards will be announced on the evening, while the keynote address will be delivered by Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland.

Don't miss your chance to attend Ireland's dedicated LGBT inclusive employers' awards.

Booking information for corporate tables and tickets are available here  >>
Enforcement Provision of Lobbying Act to Commence
Register of Lobbying

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform recently announced that the enforcement provisions of the Regulation of Lobbying Act will commence on 1 January 2017. These provisions give the Standards Commission the authority to investigate and prosecute contraventions of the Act and to levy fixed payment notices for late filing of lobbying returns.

An incremental approach has been taken to the commencement of the Act, with most of its provisions in effect from last September. These include the requirement for those who lobby designated public officials to register and report on their lobbying activities every four months.  

The focus in the first year of the Act’s operation has been on promoting knowledge and understanding of the Act to encourage compliance, with very positive early results.

For more information, visit www.lobbying.ie
Cork’s Inaugural Autism Conference - 9 October



Parents, healthcare professionals and educators from across Ireland will assemble in Cork on 9 October for Cork’s Inaugural Autism Conference.

The program includes talks and discussions with 5 highly respected medical practitioners and specialists in autism and Asperger's Syndrome. They will share practical and holistic approaches, including:
  • Behavioural approaches to autism
  • Digestive function and restoration in autism
  • Optimum nutrition for common autism symptoms and behaviours
  • Communication needs as well as sensory issues in ASD.
The event provides a unique forum for parents, families, caregivers, adults with ASD, employers, educators, professionals, agencies, advocates and anyone with an interest in autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

Venue: Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork.
Date: 9 October, from 9 until 4.30pm.

A one-day conference pass full rate is €69. However, you can avail of an Early bird offer rate of only €49 until Sunday 18 September, including lunch, tea and coffee.

Register here or you call Micheál on 086 1719311.
Registration is Now Open for the SAFE Ireland Summit 2016
Safe Ireland

This landmark SAFE Ireland Summit will gather leaders from around the world to collaborate on the social change required to make Ireland one of the safest countries in the world for women and children.

Among other incredible speakers at this event will be: Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and activist; Lynn Rosenthal, the first ever special advisor to the White House on violence against women; Dr. Gabor Maté, on childhood impacts on health connected with the need for social change; Leigh Goodmark, author of A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System, Professor of Law and trial attorney; Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland and founder of One in Four; Louise O’Neill, Author of Asking for It and Rory O’Neill AKA Panti Bliss, accidental activist for inclusion and gender discombobulator.

For more speakers see here >>

The SAFE Ireland Summit will take place in The Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin on the 14 and 15 of November 2016.

Register here now: http://safeirelandsummit.ie

For more information on the Summit contact: Claire Kearney at info@safeireland.ie or on 0906479078.
Legal Resources for Irish Charities

The Wheel has put together a handy online reservoir of legal resources that you can draw on, should you require them.

Based partly on the results of the Boardmatch Ireland Charity Legal Survey of 2014, which highlighted the necessity of providing Irish charities / non-profits with access to free or low-cost quality legal services, you can access this practical resource here.
Funding Calls, Application Assistance & Events - Your EU News Roundup

Europe for Citizens - Call now OPEN

Call for Proposals is now open with a submission deadline of 1 September 2016 at 11am GMT. Read more on the EACEA's official page for applicants. It is the Town Twinning and Networks of Towns projects that this call relates to - other strands open early 2017. 

Tips: 
  • Partnership: The key to a good Europe for Citizens proposal is 'transnationality' - that means working with other partners. See our website for towns and organisations in Europe now looking to 'twin'. 
  • ECAS:  Remember that when applying to the European Commission, you need to create an ECAS (European Commission Authentication Service) account and obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC). Visit this page to start the process. 
  • E-Form: Europe for Citizens requires applicants to fill out an e-form. This handy E-Form User Guide should help you. 
  • Contact us: Need more help in preparing an application for Europe for Citizens? The Wheel can help. Email us today
EU Stand at the Ploughing Championships
The EU will host a stand at the 2016 National Ploughing Championships which will take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from 20-22 September 2016. This year, the theme of the EU stand will be: "What is the EU doing for Agriculture?". 

Information officers from the European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Office in Ireland will be available to assist the public with questions on EU policies, as well as experts in the field of CAP. In addition, staff from The Wheel will be promoting the Europe for Citizens Programme at the EU stand and can also be found at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's stand, promoting the National Rural Network. So, if you're at the Championships this year, come along and say 'hello'. 

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
The Irish National Programme 2014-2020 of the AMIF is published. It details the priorities of the fund for the coming years. A call for proposals should take place in September. The duration of projects will be up to three years and co-funding will be 75%. The fund will be managed by an EU Funds Unit sitting with the Department of Justice and Equality. A launch and information session will be organised in September. Want to be informed about the fund and the launch? Please register your interest here.

European Social Fund
The ESF supports a range of courses, schemes and projects across the country but this assistance is channelled through various Departments and Agencies. The Operational Programme has now been published. The ESF will focus on four main areas: Access to Employment; Social inclusion; Education and Lifelong Learning; and the implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative. A full list of activities supported is on the ESF website.

It is expected that two calls for proposals will be launched in September 2016: A launch and information session will be organised in the coming months. If you want to be informed about the calls for proposals, please register here.
Regional Roundup from The Wheel

Save the Date! National Rural Network (NRN) Annual Conference: 14 October 2016
The first annual NRN conference on the theme of European Innovation Partnerships (EIP-Agri) takes place in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel on 14 October from 9am - 1.30pm. This is a free event but registration is essential. For more information, visit www.nationalruralnetwork.ie

North South LEADER Cooperation Conference: Newry, 8-9 November
The Rural Network for Northern Ireland and the National Rural Network are holding a joint conference on LEADER cooperation on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 November in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Co. Down.

The purpose of the event is to increase awareness, promote cross-border opportunities arising from LEADER, establish partnerships and enhance networking - learn more here.


National Rural Network at the Ploughing
From 20-22 September, The Wheel will be on the National Rural Network stand in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine tent at the National Ploughing Championships. The Ploughing Championships is Europe's largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade show and this year it will taking place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. For more information, visit www.npa.ie.
Ulster Bank Skills and Opportunities Fund Round 2 Opens

The UK and Ireland wide fund commits a total of £2.5m/ €3.2m annually to fund projects for people to learn new skills, get into work or start a business. In this round, Ulster Bank is also inviting applications for small to medium size projects that promote financial inclusion and personal finance education.

The fund is open from 19 August until noon on Friday 9 September to applications from charities, social enterprises, community groups and state-funded schools and colleges based in the UK and Ireland.

To find out more about the Skills & Opportunities fund and the application criteria, please visit: www.skillsandopportunitiesfund.ulsterbank.com.
Significant Savings Made by Members of The Wheel

With all of the above news demanding our attention, it can sometimes be easy to forget the everyday ways in which Irish charities are already making well-defined progress. For instance, in the area of cost-cutting and efficiency, The Wheel's ResourcePoint group-purchasing programme continues to deliver unbeatable savings for our members. 

Here are just a few of the pretty significant saving our members have reported when their organisation took full advantage of ResourcePoint:



Have you put ResourcePoint to work for your organisation yet? Discover more here >>
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UPCOMING TRAINING FROM THE WHEEL
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JOBS
Jobs / Positions Closing Soon on Wheel.ie Visit www.wheel.ie/jobs now for more opportunities.
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FUNDING
Upcoming Deadlines:

The Arts Council - Annual Programming Grants
The purpose of the annual programming grant is to assist applicants with the costs of their artistic programme. The scheme is not intended to provide support for ongoing operating/administrative costs.
Deadline: 8 September 2016
Learn more here.

Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade - Reconciliation Fund
The Reconciliation Fund is an initiative of the Government of Ireland. Its purpose is to assist organisations involved in efforts to create better understanding between people on the island of Ireland and between Ireland and Britain.
Deadline: 16 September 2016
Learn more here.

St Stephens Green Trust - General Grants
The general grants programme will focus on applications seeking to work in the following three areas: prisoners/ex-prisoners; male travellers; and, homelessness.
Deadline: 22 September 2016
Learn more here.

European Youth Foundation - International Activity Grant
Funds meetings of young people or youth leaders in Europe, which contribute to the work of the youth sector of the Council of Europe in topic, methodology and with a clear European dimension.
Deadline: 1 October 2016
Learn more here.
 
Additional Resources

Click here to read the latest issue of the Fundingpoint Newsletter (Free Edition).

Click here to read the latest issue of the Access Europe (EU Funding) Newsletter.
Fundingpoint is The Wheel's online database of funding grants for the Irish community and voluntary sector. Subscribe today from as little as 100 euro per year - click here to learn more now and to sign up for a free trial.
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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):
  • RTE Radio 1, Drivetime, Friday 15 June 2016: Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy at The Wheel was a studio guest alongside Fergus Finlay (Barnardos) & Alice Leahy - listen here
     
  • Newstalk, Pat Kenny Show, Wednesday, 13 June 2016: Ivan Cooper was interviewed regarding charity reform - listen here
     
  • UTV Ireland News at 10pm, 13 June 2016: Ivan Cooper was a studio guest on the 10pm news 
     
  • Sunday Business Post, 18 July 2016: correction printed in column of a journalist who had previously and incorrectly claimed there were 232 suicide charities in Ireland. The Wheel was acknowledged with having pointed out the correct figure (49).
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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:
  • An Táin Arts Centre
  • Belarus Childcare
  • Blue Diamond Drama Academy
  • Chartered Accountants SUPPORT
  • Chinese Irish Culture Association
  • Cliona's Foundation
  • C-SAW (Community Suicide Awareness Workers)
  • Galway 2020
  • Irish Association of Barbershop Singers    
  • Irish Therapy Dogs
  • Latin American Association of Ireland
  • Leanbh Mo Chroi
  • Louth Family Carers Support Group
  • Remember Us
  • The Melting Pot Community Society LTD
  • The Shona Project
      Total number of Members: 1,373
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YOUR MEMBER SERVICES
As a member of The Wheel, we invite you to avail of the following services:

Cut your overheads down to size with ResourcePoint.

Provide your feedback directly to our board.

Read the latest issue of Be the Change Magazine.

Browse the NewsWheel Archive here.

Discover all of our services here.

If you need any assistance, please contact Alex McMahon, our Membership Officer: (01) 454 8727 / alex@wheel.ie.
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