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European Funding

The EU provides funding for a broad range of projects and programmes covering various areas, from education, research, employment, regional development to the environment, humanitarian aid, agriculture, and the marine, among many others. Significant support is available to small and medium-sized businesses, non-governmental and civil society non-profit organisations, young people, researchers, farmers, and public bodies, to name a few.

European Structural & Investment Funds

The European Structural and Investment Funds support economic development across all of the European Union. These Funds make up over half of the European Union’s budget. The Funds work together to invest in education, research, and job creation to help create a sustainable and healthy economy across the whole of the country. They are also spent on protecting our environment, and on supporting rural and coastal communities.

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0.36 billion
European Structural and Investment Funding between 2014-2020
Projects supported by the European Social Fund in Ireland
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Projects supported by the European Regional Development Fund in Ireland

5th and 6th Class in @LoughfouderNS in Kerry have been busy learning about World War 1 as part of the Blue Star Programme 🔎

If you have pictures of your class completing the programme email them to us at or use #BlueStarProgramme and @BlueStarProg


Don't forget to register for the @EuropeAccess Showcase 2021 taking place on 13 December from 3:30pm. Minister of State for European Affairs, @ThomasByrneTD will deliver the opening keynote.

1/2 Did you know you can apply to our @DonegalYR programme for early school leavers (16-20 yrs) in our six centres at any time of the year? There's more info in this brochure ( and an enquiry form here:


Have you nominated your #AdultLearning project for an AONTAS STAR Award yet? There is still time to start or complete your nomination:
The deadline has been extended to Monday, 29th November 2021, 5pm.

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