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Launch of Communicating Europe Grant Scheme for 2015 and call for tenders for National Contact Point for Europe for Citizens Programme


The Minister for European Affairs, Dara Murphy, has today invited voluntary organisations, educational bodies and civil society groups to apply for funding under the Department of the Taoiseach’s EU engagement programme. This funding will be available in two related areas – projects to be funded under the annual Communicating Europe Initiative grants scheme and for a body to take on the role of National Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) aims to support projects that will help improve the quality and accessibility of public information on European issues and promote an understanding and awareness of the European Union. Funding of €35,000 has been made available under the scheme this year. Projects which focus on secondary schools and the 18-25 age group will have the greatest chance of success. The closing date is Monday 30 March 2015.

‘’Promoting public awareness and knowledge about Ireland’s role in - and relationship with - the EU is a priority of mine and of the Government. Bringing this message to our young adults is an essential step in that process’’ said Minister Murphy.

A tender has also been issued by the Department of the Taoiseach seeking a Body to take on the role of National Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens programme. This EU wide programme supports activities including civil society projects; debates; cooperation events; town twinning; network of towns and EU wide organisations promoting shared objectives. Funding of up to €50,000 per year for the next three years will be available. The closing date is Tuesday 7 April 2015.

‘’I look forward to the new National Contact Point playing a positive role in promoting this important EU-wide programme’’ said Minister Murphy.

Further details including application forms are now available from www.taoiseach.gov.ie


Note for Editors:

The Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) was established in 1995 to raise awareness about the European Union and to improve the quality and accessibility of public information on European issues. The programme is administered by the Department of the Taoiseach. Projects with a regional/national focus and those involving second level schools and the 18-25 age group are particularly encouraged. €35,000 will be available this year for Communicating Europe Initiative funded projects.

The closing date for funding applications is Monday 30 March 2015. Successful applicants will be notified during April. Further details and an application form are now available from www.taoiseach.gov.ie

The Europe for Citizens programme (2014 -2020) has an EU wide budget of €186m. The new National Contact Point will publicise the funding available to NGOs, local authorities and civil society. The NCP will also be required to organise a number of public events over the course of the year. A tender to select a new NCP has been launched by the Department of the Taoiseach which is available on http://www.etenders.gov.ie/  Funding of up to €50,000 per year will be available for the next 3 years – €25,000 from the Department of the Taoiseach arising from the tender, along with matching funds from the European Commission.

The closing date for return of tenders is Tuesday 7 April 2015. The successful applicant will be notified during April. Further details and an application form are now available from www.taoiseach.gov.ie