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Minister McEntee announces major programme to assist civil society organisations access EU funds

Minister McEntee announces major programme to assist civil society organisations access EU funds


The Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, TD, today announced that a request for tenders is being published for the appointment of a National Contact Point to publicise EU funding opportunities, and provide a support service to Irish civil society organisations.


The purpose of this capacity-building programme is to assist organisations like NGOs, community-based organisations, trade unions, professional associations, social movements and networks, media, academia, as well as city and county councils and regional assemblies, to better access EU funding. Information will promoted through website and social media channels, holding targeted training and information events, as well as other methods.


This is envisaged to be a 3-year programme, valued at around €900,000 (€740,000 excluding VAT) to the successful bidder.


The Minister said that ‘It is vitally important for the future of the EU that we have an engaged civil society sector. This can be done by ensuring that civil society organisations are aware of possible funding opportunities. A key role of the successful tenderer will be to build up the capacity of civil society to apply for these funding opportunities’.


“Now more than ever, as we, as a society try to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic; it is important that civil society organisations have access to as much EU funding as possible.”


The deadline for receipt of tenders is 28 May 2020. Further details can be found at



Press Office

28 April 2020



Notes for editors 

  • The EU provides funding and grants for a broad range of projects and programmes covering a wide range of policy areas. EU funding can be managed jointly by the European Commission and national authorities, directly by the European Commission or indirectly by other authorities inside or outside the EU, depending on the nature of the funding concerned. 
  • The current multi-annual financial framework 2014-20 (MFF) has a budget of over €960bn. Discussions on the 2021-2027 MFF are ongoing. 
  • Under a smaller scale programme, Access Europe, funded by Atlantic Philantrophies between 2014 and 2107, Irish NGOs involved were successful in receiving EU funding over of €7m.
  • Further details can be found at at reference RFT168792.


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