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EU Funding Workshop

EU Funding Workshop
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 10:00 to 11:30
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

EU funding is a central source of funding for the voluntary sector.  Its regular calls for proposals and other grant opportunities offer a substantial amount of funding in a wide range of fields: poverty reduction, human rights, education, health etc.  Despite this, many voluntary organisations avoid applying for EU funding because of its perceived complexity and competitive nature.  It is however possible to access EU funding with a bit of preparation.

This information session will provide an overview of how EU funding works, and what EU funding opportunities are currently available.  It will also provide advice to organisations on how to decide whether to be more involved in EU funding.


Participants to this session will leave with:

  • An overview of the EU financial and policy background for 2015-2020
  • A snapshot of the funding opportunities per EU programme (Horizon2020, ESF, AMIF, Interreg, Creative Europe etc).
  • Tips on how to assess your suitability for EU funding
  • Information on EU training and resources available.


Date:      Thursday 29 September 2016
Time:     10.00am - 11.30am
Venue:   CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast)
Cost:      Free for CO3 members

To register please email sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.

Speakers will be:

Hugh Quigley is Chairman of Access Europe Ireland, an organisation dedicated to supporting grantees of Atlantic Philanthropies to apply for EC funding. During the 1980s and 1990s Hugh carried out various senior roles in the European Commission including the establishment of the EU INTERREG programme. Since his retirement from EU affairs he has worked as an adviser to various Irish charity organisations.

Laurent Aldenhoff is the manager of Access Europe. Prior to joining Access Europe, Laurent was the fundraising officer and project manager at the European Council on Refugees & Exiles in Brussels. He was in charge of developing, submitting and managing grant applications and tenders, mainly to the European Commission.