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Key Funding Partners

European Union

European Union

Trócaire receives funding from the European Union (EU) through a number of different funding sources.

The European Union (EU) is one of Trócaire’s primary institutional donors. Trócaire receives support from the EU both for our longer-term development work in a range of sectors, and for our work to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.

In 2020, the EU supported Trócaire programmes in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Myanmar.

Between 2017 and 2020, Trócaire also received support for global capacity building and volunteering actions through the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

Trócaire’s current partnership with the EU’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO) is framed by our EU Humanitarian Partnership Certificate 2021-2027.


Trócaire’s funding relationship with the EU dates back to 1979.

  • EU Aid Volunteers

    In recent years, Trócaire led two exciting projects as part of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative that focused on building local capacity and deployment of volunteers to contribute to building resilience of disaster–affected communities, both co-financed by the EU.

    The EU Aid Volunteer initiative brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. The initiative provides opportunities for citizens from the EU to volunteer in humanitarian aid projects worldwide.

    Through the REACH project, Trócaire worked in partnership with Caritas Austria, and with country offices and partner organisations in Honduras, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, the Philippines and Nepal, to facilitate the deployment of a total of 19 volunteers. They worked on a range of capacity building initiatives and projects across such areas as communications, resilience, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, protection and safeguarding.

    The EU Aid Volunteers initiative also supports humanitarian organisations by strengthening their capacity to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises. Working in partnership with Cordaid and local country offices, Trócaire implemented the Strengthening Capacities for Local Organisations to Respond Effectively in Emergencies (SCORE) project, which helped build the capacity of 12 local civil society partner organisation in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to be better prepared to respond quickly and effectively in the event of a crisis.


    Trócaire is delighted to have been awarded an EU Humanitarian Partnership Certificate by the European Commission, confirming our eligibility to apply for and be awarded EU funding for the implementation of humanitarian aid operations. The certificate covers the period 1st January 2021 until 31st December 2027.

    For more information follow the link here

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