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// January 2017

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Leaders for Change – Level 9 Programme Filling Fast

The National College of Ireland, in conjunction with The Wheel and Quality Matters, is still accepting a final few applications for one of the most progressive and forward-thinking nonprofit leadership programmes in Ireland.

Leaders for Change - Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management is a Level 9 applied programme that aims to significantly improve, update and fine tune the managerial and leadership capabilities of managers and executives in the Irish community and voluntary sector. 

With a uniquely experienced faculty drawn from academia as well as both the domestic and international nonprofit sector, Leaders for Change will cover such important topics and skills as: reflective practice, conflict management, emotional intelligence at work, nonprofit governance, managing culture, HR and performance management, impact measurement and change management.

The programme will also include a thorough exploration of the following key skills and competencies so required of contemporary non-profit leaders: influencing government and advocacy, information management, social media and personal presentation skills.

With block one commencing on 22 February, the Leaders for Change programme is filling up fast. Act now to get on board with this exciting and groundbreaking programme. 

Learn more here >>

You can also contact Regina Dunne for additional information:

A Very Special Guest to Address Members of The Wheel

The Wheel is particularly pleased to announced that Charles Handy, the world renowned author, philosopher and business innovator, will be the keynote speaker at The Wheel's Challenges of Leadership In Community & Voluntary Organisations event on the evening of Thursday, 2 February (6pm - 8pm).

Our members can expect a truly inspiring and topical address in which Charles will be considering the myriad challenges of the world ahead - and how they pertain to leadership in the community and voluntary sector.

Over the course of his career Charles has done a great deal of careful thinking about the challenges facing charitable organisations and their role in society, as made clear in his most recent book, The Second Curve: Thoughts on Reinventing Society, and so his address will give all of our members much to consider. Read more of Charles' own description of the proceedings here.

The Wheel is truly honoured that such a prestigious and accomplished figure has agreed to speak to our members and we feel certain that this event will mark one of the highlights of the year for the entire Irish community, voluntary and charitable sector.

Registration is complimentary and exclusive to our members - it is, however, required in order to attend. 

Book your place here >>

The Wheel Latest Members’ Update and Briefing

The latest update and briefing session for members of The Wheel took place on Monday, 16 January in Dublin. There was an excellent turnout with members travelling from across Ireland to attend.

Following a networking lunch, a number of The Wheel’s staff members were on hand to explain the range of supports and services available to members and to respond to questions. Ivan Cooper, Director of Policy, hosted an interactive session outlining key issues facing the sector. He highlighted the need for a coherent policy framework for charities to operate within – a framework that recognises and values the role of charities, resources their work adequately and regulates the sector effectively.

As detailed by Ivan during this session, The Wheel is calling on the Government to develop a strategy for the community and voluntary sector to deliver the framework.
For any members interested in hearing more about the big issues facing the community and voluntary sector,

Ivan will be hosting a webinar on Friday 3 February as part of The Wheel’s Connected Communities webinar series. Learn more and sign up here >>
The Wheel to Deliver the Access Europe Project 

The Wheel is pleased to announce that it is now delivering the Access Europe project in the Republic of Ireland until early 2018.  Co-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, Access Europe identifies EU funding opportunities and assists organisations to make winning funding applications.

The project is a joint initiative of 13 Irish organisations who are former recipients of Atlantic Philanthropies funding. Since 2015 Access Europe has worked with over 25 organisations to help them identify EU grants and advise on their EU proposals and partnerships.

If you want to join the project and get advice on EU funding, then contact Deirdre Finlay at The Wheel today:

Access Europe also produces a FREE e-newsletter listing EU calls for proposals suited to the voluntary sector - sign up here.

?Job Alert - European Programme Officer Vacancy 

How is your knowledge of EU funding and how it applies to Irish nonprofits? Do you want to help organisations in Ireland access funding under schemes like the Europe for Citizens Programme and similar?

The Wheel is currently recruiting a part-time European Programme Officer to work on this complex but fascinating topic. You'll be joining a growing and energetic team based in Temple Bar in Dublin 2.  Help shape our European Programme of activities and develop your career.

Don't miss this opportunity. Application deadline is Monday 30 January at 9am.  

Full details here >> 
Free EU Funding Workshops – Europe for Citizens

The Wheel is the National Contact Point in Ireland for the Europe for Citizens Programme. The Call for Proposals is now open and so we’re running FREE application workshops in the coming weeks. The following still have places left:

European Remembrance Workshop - Wednesday 1 February, 9.30am - 3pm - Dublin
If you wish to do a project that reflects on key moments in European twentieth century history, this strand could be for you. Organisations can create memory projects that make a connection between the past and the present. Learn more here >>

Town Twinning Workshop - Monday 6 February, 11am - 4pm - Cork 
Towns or voluntary organisations can apply for funding (€5000-€25,000) that will cover a ‘twinning’ project whereby a group are invited to Ireland for approximately 3-7 days. The project must have a European theme and be in line with the current priorities. Come along to this workshop and improve your chances of success. Learn more here >>
Expand Your Horizons with the National Rural Network

The National Rural Network, in which The Wheel is an implementing partner, and Teagasc are running a series of evening information and networking seminars, Expand Your Horizons 2017, from the end of January until late March in every county in Ireland.

The central focus of the seminars is the provision of information for people living in rural communities who wish to explore new possibilities for improved economic and social development for their own lives and for the betterment of their community.

Rural based organisations exhibiting at the events include Local Action Groups, the Local Enterprise Office, Teagasc, the NRN, MABS, ETB, Citizens Information, Mental Health Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Fisheries Ireland.

These stakeholders will be on hand to provide a flavour of the opportunities they offer and the role they play in contributing to the viability of rural areas.

To see when there is a seminar in your area, see here.
Official Launch of the New Parents Plus Programme Manuals

Parents Plus is hosting an official launch of the newly designed and updated programme training materials (manuals and parent's booklets) on 9 March in the Ashling Hotel in Dublin from 9.30am – 1pm.

There will also be an information seminar for practitioners and service managers, who want to gain an understanding of the five Parents Plus programmes and how they can best be implemented within individual services. 

If you would like to attend this free event, you can register online here, or contact the Parents Plus office on 01 83079844 or at for further details.
Sligo Designated European Volunteering Capital for 2017

To mark the historic occasion of the designation of Sligo as European Volunteering Capital for 2017, a very special evening of music, song, dance, and spoken word is to take place in the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo on Friday 27 January 2017 to launch the year’s activities. Some of Sligo’s finest performers will feature in this unique evening, sharing and celebrating the strength and range of creative collaboration in Sligo.

Purchase your tickets online here >>
X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition Open for Applications

The Irish Cancer Society is now inviting youth groups, clubs services, projects and centres to apply an X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition grant.

The X-HALE Short Film Competition is an exciting opportunity for youth groups to create and promote a youth-led short-film that encourages young people to be smoke free.

Since 2011, The Irish Cancer Society has supported over 180 youth groups from all over Ireland to have their say about smoking and drive the movement towards a tobacco free Ireland.

If your youth organisation works with young people aged 10-24 and you are interested in receiving funding, resources and training to explore issues around young people and smoking, X-HALE wants to hear from you.
  • Visit to learn more about X-HALE
  • For more information about the X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition and to submit a grant application please click here
  • The closing date for grant applications is Wednesday 1 March 2017
  • Please direct queries to or (01)2316624.
Charity Lobbying – A Closer Look at Registering
Register of Lobbying

Some charity registrants continue to be uncertain about how to properly complete their return of lobbying activities. The Standards Commission has identified a number of common pitfalls that you may wish to watch out for - see the below list for hints.

Things to keep in mind when submitting returns of lobbying activity:
  1. One subject, one return
    You do not need to file a separate return for every communication. Registrants should amalgamate all activities in support of the same subject matter into one single return.
  2. List the right Designated Public Official
    Ensure that you are selecting the right Designated Public Official. You should be able to cross-check the name and the organisation that you lobbied.
  3. Include a meaningful intended result
    Make sure that the intended result you include in your return is a meaningful one, and clearly identifies the outcome you are actually seeking to achieve with your lobbying activity.
  4. Watch out for exempt matters
    Keep in mind when compiling your return that a number of matters are considered exempt and communicating about them would not be considered lobbying.
  5. Not all communications are relevant communications
    In order to be considered lobbying, a communication must meet the Three Step Test.
See for more information.
Social Banking- Clann Credo Co-hosting International Summer School
Clann Credo

Clann Credo is co-hosting an International Summer School on Social Banking with the Institute for Social Banking this summer.

About 80 guests from social banks, alternative financial institutions, NGOs and conventional banks as well as other interested people will get a valuable insight from practitioners and academics into International Social Banking and the opportunities and the challenges of this rapidly evolving field.

The “International Summer School on Social Banking and Finance” will be held in Kinsale, Co. Cork and runs from 25 June to 30 June. 

Visit for more information.
€25m LEADER Loan Fund Launching 6 February
Clann Credo

There are still some places left for Clann Credo’s €25m LEADER Loan Fund Launch in The Virginia Show Centre at 10.30am on Monday 6 February.  Minister Heather Humphreys will be launching the fund.  There will be a Community Financing workshop in the afternoon for attendees. 

You could come to the morning event, or the afternoon event or both.  Learn more / register here.
Health Charities Invited to Make Funding Application

The Hospital Saturday Fund, which makes donations to hospitals, hospices and medically associated charities for research and care and to individuals whose health problems have caused severe financial stress, is now inviting applications from Irish charities and individuals. 

The Hospital Saturday Fund was founded in 1873, at a time when poverty, overcrowding and ill-health were prevalent and little help was available for those needing costly hospital care.

Applications from Organisation:

The Grant Making Committee (GMC) meets quarterly.  Applications should be submitted online by close of business on the following dates:
  1. GMC 30 January 2017
    Standard Grants of £2,000 or €2,700– deadline 1 January 2017
    Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 1 December 2016
  2. GMC 5 June 2017
    Standard Grants of £2,000 or €2,700   – deadline 8 May 2017
    Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 10 April 2017
  3. GMC 14 August 2017
    Standard Grants of £2,000 or €2,700 – deadline 17 July 2017
    Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 19 June 2017
  4. GMC 6 November 2017
    Standard Grants of £2,000 or €2,700– deadline 9 October 2017
    Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 11 September 2017
Applications from Individuals:

Individual applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis. See the guidelines on our website for further information.

Visit the Fund website here >>
National Women's Strategy Consultation - Public Meetings

The Department of Justice and Equality is holding a series of public meetings at which people may contribute their views and inform the development of a new National Women's Strategy.

The meetings will be held at the following locations:
  • Sheraton Hotel, Gleeson Street in Athlone, on Monday 16 January from 14:00 to 17:00
  • Alexander Hotel, Fenian Street in Dublin 2, on Wednesday 18 January from 10:00 to 13:00
  • Sligo Park Hotel, Pearse Road in Sligo, on Tuesday 31 January from 10:00 to 13:00.
To register your interest in attending, please contact Gender Equality Division by email to, with "NWS Consultation 2016" in the subject line, or by phone at 01-4790264 during office hours.

The Department will contact you before the event to confirm your place.

Please see here for the public consultation document 'Towards a new National Women's Strategy 2017-2020', and for the procedure for giving written views for which the closing date has been extended to 31 January 2017.
Call for Submissions for Ireland’s Biggest Dementia Event
The 9th Annual National Dementia Conference will take place on Monday 15 May and Tuesday 16 May in Dublin. A call-out for abstract submissions has been issued under the following two streams:

1. Scientific Sessions: Clinical and Academic Papers  
Download application here  

B. Dementia Projects and Initiatives: individual, family, community and organisational       
Download application here

The conference panel will adjudicate applications. The deadline for applications is this Friday, 27 Jan, 2017

To apply, email:

All presenters must register for the conference.
Learn more here >>>
Social Care Leadership & Management

DIT's new MA in Social Care Leadership and Management remains open for applications from qualifying candidates. It is a 90 ECTS credit programme, with an exit award of Postgraduate Diploma on completion of 60 ECTS credits.
This Programme is aimed at Social Care Workers who are currently in a leadership or managment post or for those who wish to progress their careers.

The vision for this programme is to develop excellence in social care leadership and management. Students will be facilitated to develop their capacities in delivering social care services grounded in the highest ethical standards of care, continuing education and research. 

Applicants must normally hold a minimum 2.2 result from a relevant Level 8 Bachelor degree programme (eg, BA (Hons.) in Social Care).

Discover more here >>
Advocacy Initiative Forum - Doing better advocacy

The Carmichael Centre in association with Barnardos and the Disability Federation of Ireland will host a Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on Advocacy on Weds, 1 Feb 2017 (9.30am - 2.00pm) in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin.

This free event will take participants through a process on the day modelled on the five elements of the 'Social Justice Advocacy Indicators' tool: 1) Engagement, 2) Agenda Setting, 3) Formal Change, 4) Implementation and 5) Lived Experience.

Participants will be presented with a case-study to explore and discuss from the perspectives of the five different elements.

Lunch and light refreshments will be served.

Book online here >>
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(Click on any of the workshop titles below to learn more.)
Communications & Marketing
HR & Employment Law
Financial Governance
Members-only & Special Events
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Jobs / Positions Closing Soon on

Fundraising Executive (National Council for the Blind of Ireland)
Closing 1 February

Head of Fundraising and Disruption (National Council for the Blind of Ireland)
Closing 1 February

CE Scheme Admin Assistant (Caring in Dublin CE Scheme)
Closing 3 February

National Scout Centre Manager (Scouting Ireland)
Closing 6 February

Fundraising Officer (Helium Arts)
Closing 14 February

Information & Administration Assistant (South Dublin Voluntary Groups)
Closing 24 February

Visit now for more opportunities.
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St Stephens Green Trust - General / Small Grants
The general grants programme 2017 invites applications from organisations seeking to work in three areas: prisoners/exprisoners and their families; male Travellers and homelessness. 
Deadline: 9 February 2017
Learn more here >>

Culture Ireland Grants
Culture Ireland offers support to Irish artists, arts organisations and international presenters to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals. 
Deadline: 17 February 2017
Learn more here >>

Social Innovation Fund Ireland - Education Fund
Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund is open to projects that are focused on improving educational outcomes (at QQI Level 6 or higher from the National Framework of Qualifications) for those experiencing educational disadvantage. 
Deadline: 24 February 2017
Learn more here >>

Irish Cancer Society - X-Hale Youth Awards
Applications for funding are now open for The X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition. The X-HALE Short Film Competition is an exciting opportunity for youth groups to spread the word about the impact of smoking by creating a youth-led short-film.
Deadline: 1 March 2017
Learn more here >>

Find more grants and funding opportunities at
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 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).
  • Claire Byrne Live, 16 Jan 2017: Ivan Cooper, Director of Public Policy was interviewed for  a special investigation into AHAR, a Kerry-based animal sanctuary - watch here >>
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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:
  • Artane School of Music
  • Latorium Teoranta
  • Restore Ireland
  • The Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation
  • The Cork Enterprise and Community Foundation
  • Voices of Limerick

Total number of Members: 1,316
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If you need any assistance, please contact Johnny Sheehan, our Membership Coordinator: (01) 454 8727 /
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