The Wheel

We are The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. Established in 1999, we are an authoritative and trusted voice for the nonprofit sector, and we are enthusiastically committed to transparency, accountability, and the highest standards of practice and governance. Together, we work to ensure that the sector is recognised and respected, adequately resourced and appropriately regulated.





Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity


  • Active citizenship
  • Education and training
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Professional or sector representative body
  • Sustainable development


  • Development of education and training materials and programmes
  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Policy, advocacy and campaigns
  • Research
  • Technological innovation

EU Project Experience

Substantial experience

Our European journey began in 2015 with the launch of the Access Europe project, a civil society support service to assist Irish NGOs to access EU funding. In this period, we have grown in other areas of EU policy and programmes, including:

  • Delivering three Erasmus + projects as project coordinator;
  • Served as the National Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens programme (2015-2021);
  • Serving as the National Contact Point for EaSI programme (2022-2024);
  • Delivering the European Parliament Ambassador Schools Programme (EPAS)
  • Serving as International Capacity Development and Networking Supervisor/Consultant on an EU funded skills capacity programme in partnership with Civil Society Development Centre Association (STGM) in Turkey.

Our EU projects


  • Revitalising EU Long Established Social Economy Organisations (Erasmus +), 2021-2023
  • Role: Project Coordinator (6 Partners)
  • Value: €307,951
  • Objective: The overall goal ofRevitaLESE EU is to revitalise the European social economy sector, maximise its impact, and increase its overall visibility and recognition as a key contributor to the 2020 Agenda, and the possibility of an economy that works for people and the planet.


  • Skills Recognition,Capacity Building and Professiona Education for the Third Sector (Erasmus+), 2018-2020
  • Role: Project Coordinator (5 partners)
  • Value: €296,245
  • Objective: SCOPE provided an online training resource offering training in the fundamentals of governance, communications, risk management, financial management and fundraising. SCOPE also offered validation of learningthrough ‘digital badges’.

Foundations for Sector Three

  • Erasmus+
  • Foundations for Sector Three is an induction training programme for the nonprofit community. It has been designed for people who have recently started working in the sector; new entrants, recent college graduates, or those who have made a career change.

For more information on our European projects, please see our website.

EU Funding Goals

We have identified three main areas in which potential partnerships could benefit The Wheel and by extension our membership and the wider non profit sector in Ireland:

Skills Development

  • Opportunities to develop training content and innovative new approaches and techniquesto build the capacity of the sector and to help our members stay up to date with current best practice.

Research & Engagement

  • Opportunities to support civil society organisations to take a more active role in driving research and innovation in a bit to tackle societal challenges.

Policy & Outreach

  • Opportunities to amplify the voice of the sector to ensure the needs of our members are taken into account by policymakers at a National/ European level.


Key to our success is the level of in-house expertise we bring to every project. With a committed team of 28 (including a dedicated Access Europe team), we offer a diverse range of skills comprising programme management, compliance, events, logistics, and communications. The skillset and experience of delivering at a National and European level brings added value to every project.

The Wheel builds partnerships based on trust, mutual respect and the open exchange of skills and experience.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism, efficiency and commitment to quality, and we are looking for partners who do the same.

In all of ourprojects, we bring:

  • A wealth of experienceand excellent track record of project delivery;
  • Dedicated staff with expertise on everything related to the nonprofit sector;
  • Our unparalleled network and proven community outreach model.


Contact Name:

Emma Murtagh

Job Title:

European Programmes Manager

Email Address:
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