Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sligo PPN Heritage Linkage Group Event

Maximising Funding and Connections


Clarion Hotel, Monday 8th February 2016, 7.15 – 9.30pm

This seminar will explore funding for the heritage sector, the heritage plan and how the community can become more connected on heritage issues.  It will benefit those involved in heritage work in Sligo, and other community based organisations in the county. 


7.15                 Registration, tea and coffee


7.30                  Welcome – Martin Enright, PPN Heritage Representative


7.40                  James Moran, IT Sligo – “Locally Led Heritage Partnerships: A Pathway to Realising Local Heritage Initiatives”


8.00                  Chris Gonley, CEO Sligo LEADER Development Co. Ltd – Where heritage fits in the new LEADER Programme and guidance on making applications


8.20                  PPN Heritage Rep, Michael Breen:  The Heritage Forum, the Sligo Heritage Plan and where the PPN fits in


8.40                  Chaired Discussion:  Community Engagement with the County Heritage Plan, identifying important policy goals for community heritage groups


9.10                  Closing comments Wendy Lyons, PPN Heritage Representative


Register Now! By clicking this link:

or phone Aneta at 071-9114429 at the Sligo PPN office.





Speak Up on Government plans for Travellers and Roma up to 2020!

An initiative of the four national Traveller & Roma Organisiatons

Soon the Government will be holding consultations on its National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy (NTRIS).

NTRIS will be the Government’s main plan of action to impact on the lives of Traveller and Roma for the next five years.

It’s vitally important you speak up on human rights for Travellers and Roma so this plan can have a positive impact.

Consultation 1 – Venue and Date

Sligo – 2nd February, The Glasshouse Hotel, 10am – 1pm

We encourage your organisation to:

  1. Talk about what you feel are important objectives for Travellers and Roma (support Roma participation in this if possible)
  1. Decide who in your organisation is going to say what – at your regional consultation
  1. Spread the word to other groups you feel should be there – State representatives, equality groups and others.

Consultation 1 The first consultation will look at high level objectives Eg. To address inequalities in Traveller health.

Consultation 2 The second consultation will take place in early May to discuss specific actions to achieve these objectives Eg Establish Traveller Primary Health Care Projects in areas with a significant Traveller population.

It’s a chicken and egg situation – if you don’t have the objective you can’t have the action and vice versa. We are available to provide briefings in advance to help groups prepare!

Contact Laura Pohjolainen at



The Ireland Funds Grant Workshops

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The Ireland Funds are hosting 12 free grant workshops across Ireland on:

“Making a Competitive Grant Application”

These workshops will provide an opportunity for organisations to learn about our two grant programmes; the Small Grant Round and the Flagship Investment Grant Round.

These workshops will provide insight into:

  • The grantmaking process of The Ireland Funds
  • Our core programme areas and funding priorities for 2016
  • Examples of strong versus weak applications
  • Tips on what makes a competitive grant application to both the Small Grant Round and the Flagship Investment Grant Round

Please sign up to get a ticket to your  workshop by clicking on the following Eventbrite link:

Please note that all guests must register via Eventbrite for these workshops. Places are limited and provided on a first come, first served basis. We expect our workshops to be very busy so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Our mailing address is:

The Ireland Funds

25 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland Tel  01 6627878



Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) 2016 -2019 opens for applications

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The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government are now inviting applications from eligible national organisations, in the Community and Voluntary sector, to apply to Pobal, who have been appointed to administer and manage this new round of funding of the ‘Scheme to Support National Organisations’ (SSNO) for the period 2016 – 2019.

The closing date for applications is the 8th February 2016 at 12 noon.  

The overall aim of the SSNO is to provide multi-annual funding towards the core costs of national organisations in the community and voluntary sector to assist them to operate and fund core staff positions.

For further information on the scheme, the application form and guidelines, please click here.


Sligo / Leitrim Big Brother Big Sister Programme: Project Officer

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Foróige, the National Youth Development Organisation, which promotes and fosters youth development through the operation of various youth services in urban and rural areas throughout the country, invite applications for the following position:

Project Officer; Sligo / Leitrim Big Brother Big Sister Programme (BBBS)

Please click on the link below to view complete job description


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm Friday 22nd January 2016

Foróige is committed to a policy of Equality of Opportunity in its employment practices.

PLEASE NOTE: A panel may be formed from which future positions funded from a variety of sources may be filled.


Child Protection Safeguarding 1 Awareness Training

Sligo Sport and Recreation is holding Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership will be hosting a ‘Safeguarding 1 Basic Awareness course on Child Welfare and Protection in Sport’ on Monday 15th February next. This 3 hour course has been devised by and is certified by Sport Ireland (previously the Irish Sports Council) and aims to effectively educate participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.
Limited places are available on the course and pre-booking is essential as it is on a first come first served basis. Each individual must fill out an application form and return it, with fee, to the address below by Monday 1st February. For more information contact Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership at 071–91 61511


Venue: Sligo Education Centre (IT Sligo Campus, Ballinode)

Date: Monday 15th February 2016

Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Cost: €15 per person

Application Form, COE Safeguarding 1, 15/02/16



Conradh na Gaeilge is delighted to be able to increase the 2016 Seachtain na Gaeilge Support Fund with €40,000 in funding from The Community Foundation in Ireland. Grants of between €500 and €2,500 will be available to organisations and groups running community events and campaigns for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 thanks to this support fund.

The fund is open for applications until Friday, 29 January 2016, to apply for grants to organise Seachtain na Gaeilge events or campaigns as part of the international Irish-language festival from 1 – 17 March 2016. Conradh na Gaeilge will announce the results of the funding soon after that and the successful community groups will receive the grants by Friday, 19 February 2016.

More information on the support fund and the application form can be found on the Seachtain na Gaeilge website at, but groups can register their interest in applying for the fund now by emailing


Aodhán Ó Deá

Director of Development, Conradh na Gaeilge

00353 (0)86 3102691 | | 00 353 (0)1 4757401

Brenda Ní Ghairbhí

Seachtain na Gaeilge & Awareness Campaigns Manager, Conradh na Gaeilge

00 353 (0)86 3649776 | | 00 353 (0)1 4757401

Seachtain na Gaeilge Office | | 00 353 (0)1 4757401


National Library of Ireland announces partnership with Google’s 1916 virtual experience

The NLI has  announced its partnership with the Google Cultural Institute’s 1916 virtual tour ‘Dublin Rising 1916-2016’, as part of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme. Dublin Rising 1916-2016 is a virtual city streets tour exploring the iconic places, people and stories of 100 years ago, narrated by actor Colin Farrell and featuring exhibitions from six prestigious cultural institutions.

Google’s new virtual experience has been created in partnership with leading Irish cultural institutions, including the National Library of Ireland,  Military Archives, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, the Abbey Theatre, the Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College Dublin Library alongside Century Ireland.

The Dublin Rising 1916-2016 Tour can be accessed at:

For more information visit

Ervia in Action Community Fund

The Ervia in Action Community Fund is now seeking applications. The Fund, created by Ervia, Ireland’s first multi-utility infrastructure company, has been established to support community based projects that develop and enhance local communities throughout Ireland.

Who can apply?

Ervia are seeking applications from not-for-profit groups or organisations that    are developing projects that clearly fit within one or more of the Fund’s three themes. These should be community-based initiatives that may have either a local or a national reach.

How to apply

Use the online application form which can be accessed here

  1. Check you meet the Fund Criteria
  2. Ensure you can fulfil the reporting requirements
  3. Ensure that the timing of your project is in line with Fund Timeline outlined on page 1.
  4. Ensure your bank details (BIC and IBAN) are valid and correct and that you have a copy of a recent bank statement ready to submit online
  5. Applications should be submitted before the deadline. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
  6. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email by the end of February 2016
  7. Successful applicants will receive grant payments by electronic fund transfer in early March 2016.

If you have any questions please contact Sara Stokes on or 01 8743808.
All applications must be made via the online application form.

Closing Date 16:00 Monday, 1st February 2016.

Free World Bank course on Citizen Engagement launching Feb 1, 2016

The World Bank Group is bringing a second delivery of the free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Citizen Engagement to be launched on February 1.

Following a successful offering to over 16,000 participants around the world earlier in 2015, this latest version of the course in February would include a new, exciting fifth module that looks at Citizen Engagement in practice. Developed jointly by LLI and the Citizen Engagement Secretariat, this free 5-week course, is hosted by the world’s leading MOOC platform Coursera through the World Bank Group Open Learning Campus, envisioned as a single destination for development learning.  It has been developed in partnership with the London School of Economics (LSE), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Participedia, and CIVICUS.

We invite you to register for the course and join the conversation:   #citizensengage

We encourage you to spread the word to your organization and networks. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at for any questions or additional materials.

Thank you very much, and we look forward to your participation!

Citizen Engagement MOOC Team