Negotiations on the EU budget are expected to finish in 2020 and lead to substantial discussions on implementation in the second half of 2020 under the German Presidency. EU and national authorities will need to undertake multi-annual programming and plan their consultations with regions, cities and civil society stakeholders. Different EU funds will involve different forms of consultations and partnership principles with these stakeholders. Unfortunately, most guidance to date about the ongoing EU budget negotiations is written for 'Brussels insiders.' How can stakeholders best leverage and participate in these processes in order to maximise the opportunities for funding integration practices that respond to the needs they observe on the ground?