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EU Funding Newsletter - March 2017

Welcome to your third Access Europe newsletter of 2017!

About the Newsletter: Please find below a list of EU calls for proposals that may be relevant to your organisation. Calls are listed under the name of the authority that you must submit your proposal to i.e. either the European Commission; a national department in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland; or other bodies.

Any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch


European Commission

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
On 7 March 2017, DG Justice and Consumers opened a new call for proposals under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme to establish new 4-year Framework Partnership Agreements with EU-level networks. Below are some details about the current calls open for applications. Read more about the Frameworks here.
 
4-Year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the fields covered by the specific objective Rights of the child
What does it fund? Networks whose activities compliment the 2017 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme and activities including analytical activities, training activities, mutual learning, dissemination of good and promising practice, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities with EU added value. Projects should be practical and foster multi-disciplinary cooperation. Such frameworks will need to be integrated with other sectoral frameworks. 
Deadline:   16.05.17
Partnership: The applicant for the Framework Partnership must be an established formal network with own legal personality or represent an established formal network, must be organised at European level and have member organisations/bodies or authorities in at least 14 participating countries.
Total budget available: €1,800,000
Maximum possible rate of co-financing of the eligible costs: 80%

4-Year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the fields covered by the specific objectives of Daphne programme (Gender Equality)
What does it fund? Networks whose statutory aims are to prevent and combat violence against children and/or women and whose practical activities should contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the  2017 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme. This fund will implement among others: analytical activities, training and capacity-building activities, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities with EU added value.
Deadline:   16.05.17
Partnership: The applicant for the Framework Partnership must be an established formal network with own legal personality or represent an established formal network, must be organised at European level and have member organisations/bodies or authorities in at least 14 participating countries. Networks active in the area of female genital mutilation (FGM) must have member organisations/bodies or authorities in at least 10 participating countries.
Total budget available: €1,800,000
Maximum possible rate of co-financing of the eligible costs: 80%

4-Year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the area of non-discrimination
What does it fund? It will support networks whose statutory aims are to promote the effective implementation of the principle of non-discrimination and whose activities contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the 2017 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme. This fund will implement among others: analytical activities, training activities, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities.
Deadline:   16.05.17
Partnership:
The applicant for the Framework Partnership must be an established formal network with own legal personality or represent (as a joint secretariat or officially appointed coordinator) an established formal network, must be organised at European level and have member organisations/bodies or authorities in at least 14 participating countries.
Total budget available: €2,200,000 
Maximum possible rate of co-financing of the eligible costs: 80%


4-Year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the area of equality between women and men
What does it fund? It will support networks whose statutory aims are to promote equality between women and men and to advance gender mainstreaming. The annual grants to be signed on the basis of these Framework Partnership Agreements will enhance the capacities of these networks to contribute actively to the development and implementation of the policies in this area. The 4-year strategic plan will have to fit with the European Commission's objectives in this field and so be aligned with the 2016-2019 Strategic engagement for gender equality's main objectives as well as the objectives of the 2017 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme.
Deadline:   16.05.17
Partnership: The applicant for the Framework Partnership must be an established formal network with own legal personality or represent (as a joint secretariat or officially appointed coordinator) an established formal network, must be organised at European level and have member organisations/bodies or authorities in at least 14 participating countries.
Total budget available: €950,000 
Maximum possible rate of co-financing of the eligible costs: 80%

4-Year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the area of racism, xenophobia, homophobia or other forms of intolerance
What does it fund? It will support networks whose statutory aims are to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance, in particular preventing and countering hate crime and hate speech, including hate speech online. This call will support networks whose activities contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the Programme and who will implement among others: analytical and monitoring activities, training activities, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities. Read the 2017 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme here.
Deadline:   16.05.17
Partnership: The applicant for the Framework Partnership must be an established formal network with own legal personality or represent (as a joint secretariat or officially appointed coordinator) an established formal network, must be organised at European level and have member organisations/bodies or authorities in at least 14 participating countries.
Total budget available: €1,100,000
Maximum possible rate of co-financing of the eligible costs: 80%

Justice Programme
The 2016 annual work programme lists the fund’s priorities. Projects in the fields of judicial training, judicial cooperation and access to justice will be granted.
  • A 2017 version has not yet been released and no further 'upcoming' calls have been listed yet. Watch this space. 
Consumer Programme
No calls open currently. Information about past calls can be accessed here
 
Asylum Migration and Integration Fund
No calls open currently. Information about past calls can be accessed here

European Programme for Social Change and Innovation (EaSI)
A European framework for mobility of apprentices: Developing European citizenship and skills through youth integration in the labour market
What does it fund? The ultimate goal of this call for proposals is to enable young apprentices to develop their skills and enhance their employability prospects, whilst also strengthening their sense of European citizenship. This will be done by testing different approaches for putting in place the necessary support infrastructure as well as the relevant institutional and contractual frameworks to assist with the placement of apprentices from the moment of departure abroad through to the return date. To be eligible, the lead applicant, co-applicant(s) and affiliated entities must be public or private organisations active in the field of VET.
Deadline: 29.03.17 | Partnership: At least two applicants (lead and co-applicants) established in at least two different EU Member States | Size of grants: Between €300,000 and €500,000| Co-funding: 85%

EaSI-Progress: Call for proposals in the field of undeclared work
What does it fund? The main objective of this call for proposals is to complement and add value to the activities indicated in the work programme of the European Platform tackling undeclared work. Other objectives are to develop and fund initiatives which shall contribute to enhancing the implementation, application, knowledge and better enforcement of EU and national law in the area of undeclared work. The knowledge gained from these projects should also help building up evidence-based knowledge for better policy design. Priority will be given to actions fostering joint activities and cross-border projects that improve their technical capacity enforcement authorities in the field to prevent and deter undeclared work.
Public or private non-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
Deadline: 12.06.17 | Partnership: Actions may involve consortia and must cover at least 3 EU Member States | Size of grants: Not less than €400,000 | Co-funding: 80%

EaSI-Progress: Posting of workers: enhancing administrative cooperation and access to information
What does it fund? This call intends to support the Commission and the Member States to understand existing and new challenges and develop initiatives in the field of posting workers as well as a decent work agenda. Good administrative cooperation among Member States and improved access to information in a transparent and accessible manner are essential for effective application, implementation and enforcement of the Directive. Public or private non-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
Deadline: 09.06.2017 | Partnership: Lead applicant and at least 3 co-applicants | Size of grants: Total budget €2,700,000 with and expectation to fund 6 – 8 projects | Co-funding: 80%

Information and training measures for workers' organisations
What does it fund? Objectives of this call include measures and initiatives to strengthen the capacity of workers' organisations to address, at EU/transnational level, changes in employment and work, including but not limited to:  modernisation of the labour market, job creation and job matching; digitalisation of the economy and society; environment and economy; migration; youth employment; health and safety at work; modernisation of social protection systems; work life balance; gender equality; anti-discrimination; active ageing; and healthier work lives. . The activities which may be funded under this call for proposals include: conferences, seminars, round tables, studies, surveys, publications, training courses, training tools, the setting up of networks and the development and exchange of best practices.
Deadline: 15.05.17 | Partnership: None required for European-level workers' organisation. For everyone else, involvement of a European-level workers' organisation is essential as well as the involvement of applicants, (lead and co-applicants), affiliated entities or associate organisations from more than one Member State or Candidate Country| Size of grants: Between €150,000 and €500,000 | Co-funding: 90%

EaSI-PROGRESS - Fast track integration into the labour market for third country nationals targeting exclusively asylum seekers, refugees and their family members.
What does if fund? 
  • The promotion of the development and testing of innovative and effective mechanisms to ensure fast-track integration into the labour market;
  • The development of sustainable multi-level partnerships models conducive towards the integration of the targeted groups into the labour market;
  • The fostering of knowledge and experience-sharing between different Member States of already functioning swift and successful insertion mechanisms into the labour market of the targeted groups, with a strong emphasis on the challenges faced by women.
Deadline: 30.03.17 | Partnership: At least four (1 lead applicant and 3 co-applicants) | Size of grants: Total budget is €14,200 with and expectation to fund 5 – 7 projects | Co-funding: 80%

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. Listed below are some of the most interesting and relevant calls for the voluntary sector.
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
    • Call on personalised medicine (current call topics include: "Prevention and Management of Mental Disorders"; "Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Aging"; "Personalised coaching for well-being and care of people as they age; Improving the care of patients suffering from acute or chronic pain"; "Patient perspectives in medicines lifecycle" - Deadline for most topics: 28.03.2017 and 11.04.2017
  • Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
    • No calls open relevant to CSOs 
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions
National Contact Points: If you want to learn more about Horizon 2020 or are seeking partners, contact one of the National Contact Points in Ireland relevant to your work area. Full list of people here.

Events and Networking: 
  • An information event for the EU Public Health Programme will take place in Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 4th April from 10h30 - 13h30 with lunch served afterwards. Register here - places are limited. The 2017 Work Plan is available here. The call will likely close in June.
  • The Wheel with the National Contact Point for the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions will be holding a workshop for civil society organisations interested in this grant scheme on Wednesday 10 May 2017 (morning), at Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street, Dublin 2.  If interested please email europe@wheel.ie.  Details to follow. 
  • Keep updated on Horizon 2020 events taking place in Brussels and around Europe by checking this link

International Cooperation & Development
What does it fund? The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. They have a number of funding opportunities under the Human Rights Programme for international aid to countries like Nepal, Mongolia, Georgia, Tunisia, Vietnam, Lao, Ghana, and Lebanon. Most have deadlines in March and April 2017. More information is available here

European Neighbourhood Instrument
What does it fund? 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.There are many open currently including this potentially relevant call:   
Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities
What does it fund? The CSO-LA Programme aims to strengthen civil society organisations and local authorities in partner countries of the EU. See the following call for proposals: ERASMUS+
Erasmus+ aims to modernise and improve the quality of teaching, training and youth work across Europe, and to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices. The National Contact Point in Ireland is Leargas who run workshops and events to guide your application. Upcoming deadlines below or see this page for detail on all calls.

Key Action 1: 
  • Mobility of Individuals in the field of youth (including strategic European Voluntary Service and Youth Exchanges): 26.04.2017, 04.10.2017
  • European Voluntary Service - large scale events:  05.04.2017
Key Action 2
  • Strategic Partnerships in the Field of Education and Training: 29.03.2017
  • Youth Strategic Partnerships supporting Exchange of Good Practice or Transnational Youth Initiatives: 26.04.2017 and 04.10.2017
  • Youth Strategic Partnerships supporting Innovation: 04.10.2017
Key Action 3
  • Meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth: 26.04.2017, 04.10.2017
VET Mobility Charter
  • 17.05.2017
Erasmus Sport Actions
  • Collaborative Partnerships; Small Collaborations; Not-for-Profit European Sport Events 06.04.2017
Europe for Citizens
Europe for Citizens helps promote understanding between the Union and its citizens, deepening awareness of what it means to be European and developing a sense of European identity. Addressing current challenges for Europe (Brexit), Euroscepticism and migration etc) are part of the current priorities. The following calls are are opening in June. 

Networks of Towns
What does it fund? Long-term projects between towns and cities that explore and share common ideas and issues, often lasting up to a maximum of 24 months. 
Deadline:  Currently closed but opening again in June with a deadline for 1 September
I Partnership: Minimum four partners from eligible countries I Size of grant: min €55,000 I Co-funding: 70% 


Town Twinning
What does it fund? 3-5 day visit for a set of individuals from one town to visit another. Open not just to municipalities and councils but also community and voluntary groups representing their city/town. 
Deadline:  Currently closed but opening again in June with a deadline of 1 September I Partnership: Minimum two towns from eligible countries I Size of grant: From €5,000 to €25,000 I Co-funding: 50%


Contact The Wheel for more support - the Europe for Citizens National Contact Point in Ireland

Creative Europe
All calls have will be open at the end of 2017 with a deadline of early 2018. At this point, organisations can begin preparing their ideas and forging relevant partnerships.  For advice and support on Creative Europe Culture or Media (film and audio-visual) programmes contact Katie Lowry or Audrey Keane at the Arts Council, the National Contact Point. 
 
Republic of Ireland

Asylum Migration and Integration Fund
The call for proposals, administered by the EU Funds Unit at the Department of Justice and Equality in Ireland, closed on 10 November 2016. Successful applicants have now been notified - view the list at the bottom of this page. According to the Department, another call will open in 2019 - organisations can start preparing project ideas in advance. See the AMIF FAQ here.

More information on the programme's priorities can be accessed here.

European Social Fund
ESF grants are generally not available directly from the Department of Education & Skills. The programme 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 focuses 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 is available on the ESF website
Call for Proposals is now closed but a list of successful applicants against the recent calls on integration and gender equality can be viewed at the bottom of this page here.
 

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. 

National Funding to Promote Integration of Immigrants
Welcoming project or core funding requests, this call for proposals opened in February and call has just closed on 22 March. Email integrationfunds@justice.ie for more information on upcoming calls. 

European Social Fund
The Operational Programme will be delivered as planned. Preparatory work for the second call for propsals will commence this year in Northern Ireland with a view to having projects approved by April 2018. Read the full statement here
 
Cross-border and Transnational Programmes

Interreg Ireland (East and South) – Wales
What does it fund? 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
What does it fund? 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: Call for Proposals is now closed. On 2nd March 2017, the monitoring committee will decide on timing and nature of a next call, depending on the available funding | Partnership: 3 partners from at least 3 partner countries | Co-financing: 50% to 65 % 

Interreg NWE
What does it fund? Projects fostering transnational cooperation to make North-western Europe a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion. Current themes: innovation, low carbon and resource/materials efficiency
Deadline: Closed. Two calls for projects are out every year, in May and November. See schedule here.  The next deadline is 24.05.2017. 

Peace IV Programme
Local Authority Action Plans
Action Plans will focus on Children and Young People, Shared Spaces and Services; and Building Positive Relations. Interested organisations can contact their local authority directly in order to apply for funding. Full list of contacts per county and district here
 
Other

New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE)
Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) Programme: Call for Proposals
What does it fund? The programme has been launched by Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the ISSC. The objectives are: to develop understanding of and promote research sustainability with significant social, economic and policy concerns throughout the world that are relevant to both academics and stakeholders; and to build capacity by cultivating durable research collaboration across multiple borders, disciplinary boundaries, and with practitioners and  societal partners. Click here for the applicant guide. 
Deadline: 05.04.2017| Partnership: At least three national research teams, based in three different countries – see guide for important details regarding consortia | Size of grants: No more than €1.5 million
 
Digital News Initiative (DNI) – Partnership between Google and news publishers in Europe
Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund: Call for Proposals
What does it fund? The Fund is open to for-profit organisations, non-profit organisations, and individuals that aim to produce original journalism and enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content. The call is open to organisations from EU Member States and EEA countries. Budget and co-funding varies according to project size. Find out more here.

 
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For more information about the project, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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