The Twinning or Sister city concept developed in Europe following the Second World War. It was seen as a way of removing old enmities which had developed in the war years and it is now grown to such an extent that it covers not just the European mainland, where it began, but also the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Asia, Africa and beyond. Cork is currently twinned with six cities.

The objective of twinning is to help develop links in: cultural, educational, social, tourist, technical, scientific and economic areas. It is hoped that the development of such links would have benefits for all communities involved.

Twinning Grants

Cork City Council has opened online applications for its Twinning Grants.  We are putting out a call to any organisation, group or individual located or providing services within the administrative area of Cork City Council that proposes to promote the twinning links between Cork City and any of its six twinned cities: Swansea (Wales), Coventry (England), Rennes (France), Cologne (Germany), San Francisco (USA) and Shanghai (China). The nature of the activity may be community based, voluntary, social, cultural, educational and/or sporting or of general social and economic benefit.

Over the years, Cork City Council's twinning grant has enabled Corkonians to be a part of international poetry exchanges, marathon runner exchanges, and international academic collaboration amongst other diverse activities.  Covid restrictions mean that applications this year must comply with some related terms and conditions but this will surely make for some innovative ideas for strengthening our twinning ties in a time of global pandemic.

Applications for the Twinning Grant can be submitted online. Hard copies of the application form are available on request by contacting The closing date for submission of application forms is no later than 5pm, 11th February 2022.

Alternatively you can download the application form from the link below:-

Twinning-Grant-Application-form-2022.docx (size 67.2 KB)