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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 EU currently funds Trócaire development programmes through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and the Development and Cooperation Instrument (DCI).

These are administered by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the EU Delegations in the field.

DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries.

Through the European Commission’s Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Trócaire also receives EU support for its humanitarian preparedness and response programmes.

The EU’s humanitarian aid funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union.


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

  • EU Aid Volunteers

    Trócaire is currently leading two exciting projects as part of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative that focus on building local capacity and deploying volunteers to contribute to building resilience of disaster–affected communities, part-funded by the European Commission (EACEA, DG-ECHO).

    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. Working in partnership with Caritas Austria, and with country offices and partner organisations in Honduras, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, the Philippines and Nepal, so far a total of 19 volunteers have deployed.

    They have 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. See their Stories from the Field below for a flavour of their work.

  • SCORE project

    Strengthening Capacities for Local Organisations to Respond Effectively in Emergencies

    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(the Netherlands), Trócaire is helping to build the capacity of 12 local civil society partner organisations 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.

    This involves providing trainings and working with local partners organisations to strengthen their systems and policies in such areas as Emergency Preparedness, Protection Mainstreaming, Cash-based Assistance, Digital Data Collection, Rapid Needs, Assessments and Volunteer/Staff Management in emergencies.

    For more information on the initiative visit the EU website.


    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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