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EU Funding Newsletter - September 2016

Dear colleagues,

Please find below a list of current EU calls for proposals that may be relevant to your organisation.

This newsletter is created as part of the Access Europe Project, which aims to facilitate access to EU funding for Irish NGOs, north and south. The Access Europe project helps organisations identify EU funding opportunities and apply for EU funding. You can find more information about the project here.
 
Please do not hesitate to get in touch to give us your feedback or to know more about how your organisation can benefit from this project.

The calls for proposals are ordered based on the authority to which the application needs to be submitted, i.e. the European Commission, national departments in Ireland or Northern Ireland, or other specific bodies.

Brexit will have an impact on EU funding for organisations in Northern Ireland. While there should be little change in the short term, at least some EU funds should become unavailable to Northern Irish organisations in the medium to long term. For further information, please read our short article on Brexit.
 


European Commission

Rights, Equality and Citizenship
Restricted action grants to support national information, Awareness-raising and education activities aimed at preventing and combating violence against women
It funds what? The organisation of national information, awareness-raising and education activities aimed at preventing and combating violence against women.
Deadline: 27.10.2016 | Partnership: the lead applicant must be the national authority in charge of the policy on equality between women and men or by the national authority in charge of the policy on violence against women. NGOs can be partners | Size of grant: min. 100.000€ | Co-funding: 80%
 
The Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2016 annual work programme lists the fund’s priorities for the year. The following calls for proposals are expected this year: Justice Programme
Supporting Initiatives in the Field of Drugs Policy
It funds what? Initiatives in the field of drugs policy as regards judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects. It aims (1) to promote practical application of drug-related research (in particular, addiction research), and (2) to support NGOs by reinforcing their (i) advocacy function, (ii) capacity to make a difference at the local level and (iii) best practice sharing methods; and (3) to further expand the knowledge base and develop innovative methods of addressing the phenomenon of new psychoactive substances.
Deadline: 18.10.2016 | Partnership: partners from at least 2 countries | Minimum size of grants: 250.000€ | Co-funding: 80%

The 2016 annual work programme lists the fund’s priorities for the year. It will fund projects in the fields of judicial training, judicial cooperation and access to justice. The following calls for proposals are expected this year: The following calls for tenders are also out: Asylum Migration and Integration Fund
The Commission has published the 2016 work programme for Union Actions.  A call for proposals will be launched later in the year for projects on migrant integration (“Promoting active participation in society” and “pre-departure and post-arrival support for resettled or relocated refugees. Size of grants: over 450.000€. Partnerships of at least 3 organisations from 2 Member States are required).

European Union Programme for Social Change and Innovation
There are currently no open calls for proposals. The 2016 annual work programme lists the funds’ upcoming calls for proposals. Funding priorities for 2016 are also described here. Upcoming calls for proposals include: Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s research and innovation programme. A full list of calls for proposals is available on the Horizon 2020 website. The programmes for the period 2016-2017 and a series of calls for proposals have been released. We have listed below some of the most interesting and relevant calls for NGOs. A series of info days on the Horizon 2020 programme for 2016-2017 and other related events will be organised in the coming months, including: European Instrument on Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
Global call for proposals
It funds what? Support to civil society and human rights defenders working outside the EU in five key areas: (1) women Human Rights Defenders, (2) fight against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, (3) implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; (4) rights of minorities and persons affected by caste-based discriminations, (5) support to addressing impunity and to transitional justice
Deadline: 14.10.2016 | Partnership: at least one local organisation as partner | Grant: 250.000€ to 1 million € | Co-funding: 95%
 
Country-based support schemes
It funds what? The EIDHR supports civil society and human rights defenders in third countries to work on human rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural), and democratisation.
Calls for proposals for country-based support schemes are published for the following countries:
Uruguay (Deadline: 15.09.2016), Sri Lanka (Deadline: 27.09.2016)
 
European Neighbourhood Instrument
It funds what? The ENI aims to encourage democracy and human rights, sustainable development and the transition towards a market economy in the EU’s neighbouring partner countries. This newsletter lists a few relevant calls for proposals: Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance
It funds what? The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) is the means by which the EU supports reforms in the 'enlargement countries' with financial and technical help. Current beneficiaries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. See the following call for proposals: Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace
It funds what? The IcSP is one of the key external assistance instruments that enable the EU to help prevent and respond to actual or emerging crises around the world. This newsletter lists a few relevant calls for proposals: Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities
It funds what? The CSO-LA Programme aims to strengthen civil society organisations and local authorities in partner countries of the EU. This newsletter lists a few relevant calls for proposals: This newsletter lists a few relevant calls for proposals: Cameroon (Deadline: 16.09.2016), Uruguay (Deadline: 30.09.2016), Caribbean Region (Deadline: 30.09.2016), South Africa (Deadline: 21.09.2016), Chile (Deadline: 22.09.2016), Comoros (Deadline: 04.10.2016).

LIFE Programme
The 2016 Calls for Proposals is published. The LIFE programme supports a variety of projects in the field of “environment” and “climate action”. Deadlines are specific to the types of projects to be developed (September 2016). The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government is the contact point in Ireland. JNCC is the contact point in the UK.

Europe for Citizens
There are currently no open calls for proposals. The following calls “European Rememberance”, “Civil Society Projects”, “Town Twinning” and “Network of Towns” will be published in 2017 (deadline: 1st March 2017).
If you are interested in knowing more about the programme, you can contact “the Wheel”, which is the Europe for Citizens National Contact Point in Ireland.

Creative Europe
Cooperation projects
It funds what? Cooperation projects that build capacity of the European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and internationally. Creative Europe supports transnational circulation and promotion of cultural and creative works, and transnational mobility of cultural and creative players, in particular artists; audience development and innovation and creativity.
Deadline: delayed | Partnership: 3 organisations in 3 countries (smaller scale projects), 6 organisations in six countries (larger scale projects) | Maximum size of grants: 200.000 € (smaller scale projects) – 2 million € (larger scale projects) | Co-funding: 60 % (smaller scale projects), 50 % (larger scale projects).
 
Republic of Ireland

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
The Irish national programme 2014-2020 of the AMIF is published and was adopted by the Commission on 21st March 2016. It details the priorities of the fund for the coming years. A call for proposals will be launched on 22nd of September. The duration of projects will be up to three years, and co-funding will be 75%. The fund will be managed by an EU Funds unit sitting with the Department of Justice and Equality.

European Social Fund
ESF grants are generally not available directly from the Department of Education & Skills. The ESF supports a range of courses, schemes and projects across the country but this assistance is channelled through various Departments and Agencies. The Operational programme has been published. The ESF will focus on four main areas: Access to employment, Social inclusion (with a view to improve employability and promote equal opportunities), Education and lifelong learning, and the implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative. A full list of activities supported in available on the ESF website.
It is expected that two calls for proposals will be launched on 22 September 2016:
Erasmus + 
Leargas is organising application clinics in September (8th and 15th September). The following calls for proposals are published:
 
Mobility of Individuals (KA 1): Adult education, schools, youth, vocational education and training.
It funds what? Mobility projects for students and/or staff involved in education and training (see priorities at page 30 of Erasmus Programme Guide).
Deadline: 04.10.2016 | Partnership: 2 organisations in 2 countries | Co-funding: 100%
 
Strategic Partnerships (KA 2): Youth
It funds what? The development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.(See priorities at page 105 of Erasmus Programme Guide).
Deadline: 04.10.2016 (for youth) | Partnership: 3 organisations in 3 countries | Co-funding: 100% (lump sums) | Max grant: 450.000€
 
Structured dialogue (KA 3): Meetings between Young People and Decision Makers in the field of youth
It funds what? Activities such as meetings, events, seminars, debates and discussions, consultation, which aim to give young people the opportunity to interact with decision-makers on issues of concern to young people and to influence policy (See priorities at page 183 of Erasmus Programme Guide).
Deadline: 04.10.2016 | Partnership: no partnership required (unless transnational activities are organised) | Co-funding: 100% (lump sums) | Max grant: 50.000€
 
Northern Ireland

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
There are currently no open calls for proposals. The UK national programme 2014-2020 of the AMIF is published. It details the priorities of the fund for the coming years. 

Erasmus +
The following calls for proposals are published:
 
Mobility of Individuals (KA 1): Adult education, schools, youth, vocational education and training.
It funds what? Mobility projects for students and/or staff involved in education and training (see priorities at page 30 of Erasmus Programme Guide).
Deadline: 04.10.2016 | Partnership: 2 organisations in 2 countries | Co-funding: 100%
 
Strategic Partnerships (KA 2): Youth
It funds what? The development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.(See priorities at page 105 of Erasmus Programme Guide).
Deadline: 04.10.2016 (for youth) | Partnership: 3 organisations in 3 countries | Co-funding: 100% (lump sums) | Max grant: 450.000€
 
Structured dialogue (KA 3): Meetings between Young People and Decision Makers in the field of youth
It funds what? Activities such as meetings, events, seminars, debates and discussions, consultation, which aim to give young people the opportunity to interact with decision-makers on issues of concern to young people and to influence policy (See priorities at page 183 of Erasmus Programme Guide).
Deadline: 04.10.2016 | Partnership: no partnership required (unless transnational activities are organised) | Co-funding: 100% (lump sums) | Max grant: 50.000€
 
Cross-border and transnational programmes

Interreg Ireland (East and South) – Wales
It funds what? Activities in the field of innovation, climate change, cultural and natural resources and heritage (focus on the coastal areas).
The Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme (summary) has been adopted.
The call for proposals is open. You can find further information on: http://www.irelandwales.eu/

Interreg Northern Periphery Programme
Fourth Call for Applications
It funds what? Projects in the northern and arctic region which fall under one of the following priority axes: innovation, entrepreneurship, renewable energy and cultural and natural heritage. The programme covers the following countries: Finland, Ireland, Sweden, UK (Scotland and Northern Ireland), Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway.
To encourage the development of good quality applications, project idea holders are recommended to apply for a preparatory project.
Deadline: 30.11.2016 | Partnership: 3 partners from at least 3 partner countries | Co-financing: 50 to 65 %

Peace IV Programme
Building Positive Relations – Regional level projects
It funds what? Projects to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society through the promotion of reconciliation amongst all communities. Projects which build, improve and sustain relationships between communities by addressing issues of trust, prejudice and intolerance.
The regional projects (in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) will support actions to facilitate involvement from people from diverse
backgrounds; in particular, cross-border activity will be supported and facilitated
Deadline: 29.09.2016 | Partnership: N/A | Grant: EUR 500.000 to 2 million € (indication) | Co-funding: 100%
 
Local Authority Action Plans
The Action Plans will focus on Children and Young People, Shared Spaces and Services; and Building Positive Relations. Interested organisations should contact the relevant local partnerships in order to apply for funding.
 
Shared Spaces and Services
This call for proposals was due to open on 6th September 2016 but has been postponed. It aims to create a more cohesive society through an increased provision of shared spaces and services in Northern Ireland and in the border region of Ireland. This call for proposals will be looking for 8 ambitious capital development projects to create new shared spaces (average of 6 million € per project). The draft call for proposals is available. A thematic wokshop took place on Thursday 26 May 2016 in Dungannon (presentations available here). 
Access Europe is a joint initiative of 13 Irish Organisations. It is funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
For more information about the project, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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