Each year the European Commission designates a "European Year" dedicated to raising awareness about a particular social issue. 2010 will be the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, recognising the fact that 16% of the EU's population - 79 million people - live below the poverty line.
The Year will be based on 4 key principles:
Throughout 2010 events and activities will take place across Europe to increase public awareness of the existence of poverty and social exclusion, how it affects people and societies, and how it can be eliminated. The Year also aims to give a voice to those experiencing poverty and social exclusion by encouraging marginalised groups and disadvantaged communities to get involved in organising and participating in events.
In Ireland, EY2010 will be co-ordinated by the Social Inclusion Division of the Department of Social and Family Affairs. A programme of events and activities will be published later this year.
Proposals are invited from community and voluntary sector organisations, umbrella organisations and/or consortia of organisations for once-off funding to promote awareness of poverty and social exclusion and the European Year. The maximum amount available is €5,000 per proposal. Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 27 November 2009 - applications must be submitted on the form below.
For more information download an EY2010 brochure.