Communicating Europe Initiative



Communicating Europe Initiative

Applications for Funding awards 2013

Applications are being invited for funding under the Department of the Taoiseach’s Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) from voluntary organisations, education bodies, and civil society groups/bodies. Proposals are being sought for projects aimed at deepening public awareness of the role that the European Union plays in our daily lives.

2013 is a significant year for Ireland and its role in the European Union.  Not only do we hold the Presidency of the EU – we’ll be running the agenda from January until June – Ireland is also celebrating the 40th anniversary of its accession to the Union.  All this in the year that the European Commission has designated as European Year of Citizens. 

The Irish Presidency sees 2013 as a real opportunity for people across Ireland to focus on what four decades of membership has brought us; the rights that European citizenship has given us and to reflect on how we see our future in Europe.

Criteria for funding

For that reason, the 2013 awards for funding under the CEI will be made to projects which encourage citizens to actively engage, and participate, in the debate on their future in Europe.  In awarding funds in 2013, priority will be given to proposals for:

  • events which promote public conversations and debate – at local or national level
  • cultural and media projects that explain Ireland in Europe and Europe in Ireland- at local or national level
  • projects or events designed to celebrate the European Year of Citizens
  • events that celebrate Europe Day on Thursday 9 May

Application process

The closing date for funding applications will be at 12 noon on Friday 15 February 2013. Successful applicants will be notified in early March 2013.:  Tina Prendergast, Communicating Europe Initiative, Department of the Taoiseach, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, via phone at 01 619 4019. Further information available on the Merrion Street website.



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