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Grant Management Programme – Management of State or EU Funding

Assessing, Rewarding, Supporting and Reviewing

3 Day Course – Date & Times

Day 1: Tuesday 15 October

Day 2: Wednesday 16 October

Day 3: Tuesday 22 October

9.30 – 4.30pm

About the Course

Gain the foundational knowledge you need to award and monitor your grants and cooperative agreements effectively from pre-award through to project closeout. This course is designed for employees of Government bodies that award and/or oversee grants and cooperative agreements, including grants management specialists, grants officials, project officers, governance officials and procurement professionals, will benefit from this course. The granting of funds by Irish Government Agencies provides a supporting role to Irish small and medium entities in both the commercial and not-for-profit sector in Ireland. 

Organisations that award grants enter into a range of commitments and obligations that, if not properly managed, could critically hinder both the awarding body and the recipient organisation in achieving its goals. These organisations that are tasked with the responsibility of accessing and selecting organisations for grant approval and often face challenges in ensuring the project goals are met. Therefore, managing a framework of supports and preparation for the receiving entity can ultimately ensure successful project roll out. This three day training course provides a governance and financial management toolkit that ensures attendees leave with the practical knowledge and skills to effectively project manage the allocation of grant aid, properly guide and evaluate the spend and control of monies issued through periodical status reporting and post project evaluation. This course will assist granting bodies establish proper requirements for ensuring the funding received is used for the purposes intended by the receiving agency/ organisation, and that proper records and reporting structures are maintained throughout the grant lifecycle.

Who Should Attend 

The course is suitable for public sector bodies that are awarding a range of grants for capital, development, operational or administrative purposes.

Continuous Professioal Development 

Formally accredited by a PAI CPD Certificate. Attendees will receive 15 CPD points upon completion of this course.

Training Panel


Richard O’Callaghan has worked at the Department of Social Welfare as a manager and inspector in the Special Investigation Unit. He also held roles with Irish Rail, the Patents Office, and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. He has a BBS and an MA in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration and is both a Chartered Management Accountant and a Chartered Public Financial Accountant.


Jim Power is a graduate of University College, Dublin. He has worked as Chief Economist and an economic advisor to Friends First Group. He previously worked as Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group and Treasury Economist at AIB Group. He is owner manager of Jim Power Economics Limited and conducts economic and financial consultancy projects both in Ireland and overseas. He teaches Business Economics on the Executive and Full-Time MBA at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin.



Paschal Walsh is a Senior Manager, Special Investigations Unit at Irish Life with overall responsibility for Special Investigation across the GWL European Enterprise. He is a retired member of An Garda Siochana having spent his last 15 years as a Detective Sergeant at the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation where he was responsible for  investigating and prosecuting many high profile Fraud cases. Paschal hold an Honours Degree from UCD in Administration of Justice.


Garrett Fennell is a solicitor and a specialist consultant in regulatory and public affairs. Garrett has advised a large number of public bodies on compliance issues and practices. Garrett is a founding Director of Public Affairs Ireland and established a specialist regulatory and public policy consultancy in 1997. He formerly worked as a public affairs consultant with the ESB.


Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.