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Laois groups gain insight into EU funding opportunities at online meeting

Laois PPN

Laois Public Participation Network held their first County Plenary of 2022 for their Member Groups recently.

This was an online event, which was chaired by Laois PPN Secretariat Member, John Oxley.

Emily Nelson of The Wheel was the guest speaker at the County Plenary. She gave a presentation on EU Funding Opportunities for Community Groups.

The presentation included on how EU funding works, EU funding opportunities and Access Europe.

‍Emily said: “Reaching out to communities is an important aspect of our EU Engage project, funded by the European Commission, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to connect with so many of Laois PPN’s members, discuss EU engagement opportunities, and hear about their important work.

“To learn more about how your organisation can benefit from EU funding opportunities, contact our European Programmes team at europe@wheel.ie or visit our website at www.accesseurope.ie.”

As a thank you to their Member Groups and to promote local businesses in a positive way, Laois PPN held a raffle for three €100 Laois Gift Cards.

The winners were: Orla Cahill (Bluestars Basketball Club), Kevin O’Sullivan (Coolrain Tidy Towns), Eugene O’Brien (Abbeyleix Community Garden) and Eugene O’Brien (GIY Abbeyleix Community Garden).

Dan Bergin, Resource Worker with Laois PPN, said: “Laois PPN were delighted with the attendance at our first County Plenary of 2022 which included groups from all three Pillars – Community & Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environmental and across all 3 Municipal Districts.

“I wish to congratulate the winners of our Laois Gift Cards raffle. Laois PPN look forward to supporting our Member Groups throughout 2022.”

Laois PPN consists of 650+ Member Groups from the Community, Social Inclusion and Environmental Pillars. All groups registered with Laois PPN are given the opportunity to attend Laois PPN events.

Any group wishing to join Laois PPN can do so by completing the application on the Laois PPN website www.laoisppn.ie

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