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Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising Awareness


LADDER Project Grant Scheme 2017


The Social Inclusion Unit of Donegal County Council is pleased to announce details of the LADDER Project Grant Scheme 2017.


This European funded grant scheme seeks to support micro-projects that aim to raise public awareness of global development issues and promote development education locally.  A minimum grant of €2,000 and a maximum grant of €6,000, grant aided at 100%, will be available. Please read the guidelines available in the link below should you wish to apply. 


The closing date for receipt of applications is the 7th March 2017


Attached please find links to the following:  


Completed application forms as well as the budget template should be posted to the following address:


FAO Charles Sweeney

Ladder Project Re-Granting Scheme

Donegal County Council

Milford PSC

Main St, Milford

Co. Donegal


For further information please contact Bobby Smith at [email protected]


The Ladder project stands for Local Authorities as drivers for development education and awareness raising, otherwise known as (DEAR).  DEAR is an EU Programme that aims to inform EU citizens about development issues, mobilise greater public support for actions against poverty, give citizens tools to engage critically with global development issues, to foster new ideas and ultimately to change attitudes.  Donegal County Council is one of 26 co-applicants on the project and is the only Irish Local Authority participating in the project together with 20 associate partners from 18 EU and 17 non-EU countries.


LADDER Re-Granting Call 2016


Donegal County Council are pleased to announce that two projects were successful in their application to the re-granting scheme in 2016 and will begin implementing their activities shortly:

  • The WEAR Project – the National Collective of Community-based Women’s networks – Donegal Women’s Network
  • Feile Dochas project – Amazing Grace initiative


Project Aim & Objectives:


The overall aim of the Ladder project is to seek to enhance and increase the participation of Local Authorities in EU DEAR policies and ultimately to raise awareness of global issues and engage citizens locally.  


In order to achieve this aim a number of objectives have been identified:

  • Strengthen the capacity of L.A’s and Civil Society Organisations to act as drivers for development.
  • Develop co-operation between LA’s and Civil Society Organisations.
  • Inform and engage citizens in global issues.
  • Improve DEAR methods in non-formal education.


As part of this project, Donegal County Council has delivered of a number of training sessions targeting both Local Authority staff and citizens locally.  The first of the Local Level Training will take place on the 03rd & 4th December 2015.  National Level training took place in Galway on the 13 &14 June with this Illustration of National Training produced as a tool by Philip Barrett. The website will be updated on an ongoing basis regarding the activity undertaken as part of this project in 2016.


If you are interested in this project and wish to find out more information on the Ladder project, please visit - the Ladder project website  and the Alda website (Lead Partner, European Association for Local Democracy).



Citizens Journalist Initiative


This initiative has seen the creation of a network of like minded individuals interested in global issues such as migration, human rights, development, poverty eradication, citizens’ participation, youth engagement, women’s rights, solidarity, cohesion and mutual understanding amongst others. Click here to find out more.