Training Links Programme 2021 - 2023

Posted on 16 Jun 2021 Last updated on 7 Jul 2021
Training Links 2021 - 2023

Applications for funding are now open under the Training Links programme. Training Networks are invited to apply for grants ranging from €10,000.00 to €50,000.00. 

Applications remain open until 5pm on 13 August 2021.  

Training Links funds community and voluntary organisations to form Training Networks — groups of a minimum of ten organisations who come together to undertake training that they may not have the opportunity to do individually.  

Since 2005, The Wheel’s Training Links Programme has supported the training and upskilling needs of the community and voluntary workforce, including employees, volunteers and board members. 

To date, Training Links has supported and funded the establishment of 90 Training Networks involving in excess of 40,000 employees and more than 850 community and voluntary organisations. 

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Training Links 2021 - 2023 

  • Who? 
    Community and voluntary organisations come together and form a ‘network’ in their region, sector or community of interest. Networks will have a minimum of ten members and work together, over the course of the programme, to address a specific workforce training goal. Applications are welcome from new, existing, previously funded networks or previously unsuccessful networks. 

  • What? 
    Empowering community and voluntary organisations to identify and respond to their own training needs based on programme objectives, priority themes and cross-cutting challenges.  

  • Why? 
    To support community and voluntary organisations, and their workforce, to gain the skills needed to adapt and respond to the constantly shifting technological, social, environmental, economic and cultural context in which the sector operates.  

  • How? 
    Funding networks of community and voluntary organisations to design and deliver upskilling programmes to meet their own training needs, which they otherwise would not be able to do on their own. Training Links funds up to 80% of budget costs for funded networks. 

  • When? 
    Over an 18-month period from 15 October 2021 – 31 March 2023. 

  • Funder? 
    The programme is part-funded by the National Training Fund, under responsibility of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science. 

  • Fund manager? 
    The Wheel. The overall fund available for this programme is €315,00.00. Training Networks can apply for a minimum of €10,000.00, and a maximum of €50,000.00.  

Lauren Carroll

Application Process 

Applications are open from 21 June 2021 – 13 August 2021. 

The Wheel is available to discuss your application idea. We do not offer support with completing the application form. 

You can get in touch by emailing Lauren Carroll on

Additional Information & Application Form

  1. Programme Overview

  1. FAQs 

  1. Application Form

  1. Application Checklist  

  1. Eligibility, Selection and Appeals Process

  1. Timetable of Activities

Need more help?

Get in touch! Email Lauren Carroll on  

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