Call for proposals operating grants 2014-2017 - Europe for Citizens Programme (2014-2020)Hello

Call for proposals operating grants 2014-2017 – Europe for Citizens Programme (2014-2020)Hello,

 

There has been a Call for proposals — COMM-C2/01/13 Structural support for European public policy research organisations (think tanks) and for civil society organisations at European level- ‘Europe for citizens’ programme (2014-20).

 

The present call for proposals is subject to:

– the final adoption of the Regulation establishing the ‘Europe for citizens’ programme (2014-20),

– a positive opinion or lack of objection by the committee established in the Regulation establishing the ‘Europe for citizens’ programme,

– the availability of the appropriations provided for in the draft budget for 2014 after the adoption of the budget for 2014 by the budgetary authority.

 

The global objective of the programme are:

– to contribute to citizens’ understanding of the Union, its history and diversity,

– to foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level.

 

The specific objectives of the programme are:

– to raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values and the Union’s aim that is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples by stimulating debate, reflection and development of networks,

– to encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, by developing citizens’ understanding of the Union policy making-process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level.

 

Thematic Priorities

for 2014, the following priorities have been adopted:

 

– Strand 1: European remembrance

According to Article 3 of the Treaty of the European Union, the EU’s aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples.

In this context, the ‘Europe for citizens’ programme supports organisations reflecting on causes of totali­ tarian regimes in Europe’s modern history as well as on other defining moments and reference points in recent European history. Historical moments which are to be commemorated in particular in 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the 10 years of enlargement of the European Union to Central and Eastern Europe.

 

– Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation

Elections to the European Parliament will be held in all Member States from 22 to 25 May 2014. These elections will be the first to be held under the Lisbon Treaty enhancing the role of EU citizens as political actors.

In this context, the ‘Europe for citizens’ programme under its strand 2 will support organisations working on citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU, ranging from local democracy to the empowerment of citizens to play a full part in EU policy.

 

This call for proposals concerns structural support, referred to as operating grant, to bodies pursuing an aim of general Union interest, to raise awareness on European remembrance (strand 1) or to encourage democratic and civic participation (strand 2).

 

The structural support is granted in the form of framework partnerships for four years (2014-17) awarded further to this call for proposals.

Framework partnerships are cooperation mechanisms established between a particular organisation and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

Under these framework partnerships annual operating grants will be awarded every year.

 

Eligible applicants

A. Civil society organisations for European remembrance (strand 1);

B. Civil society organisations working at European level (strand 2);

C. European public policy research organisations (think tanks) (strand 1 and 2);

D. Platforms of pan-European organisations (strand 2).

– be a non-profit organisation;

– play an active role in the field of European citizenship (European remembrance and democratic engagement and civic participation);

– have been established legally and have had a legal personality for at least four years (on the date of submission of their application) in an eligible country.

– perform their activities in eligible countries;

– have the following geographical coverage:

1. civil society organisations at European level (category B) and civil society organisations for European remembrance (category A) must have members or activities in at least 12 eligible countries,

2. platforms of pan-European organisations (D) must have at least 20 umbrella member organisations, who must each have members in at least 15 Member States, and which, taken as a whole, cover the 28 Member States,

3. European public policy research organisations (think tanks) do not need to have any specific geographical coverage in order to be eligible.

Private individuals and public bodies are not eligible to apply within this call for proposals.

 

Eligible countries

– EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom;

– EFTA countries, the acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidate countries are eligible, provided that have signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Commission during 2014. In this case, applicants from these countries may apply for a framework partnership for three years from 2015 to 2017 by 31 December 2014.

 

Eligible actions

The activities of the applicant organisation must make a tangible contribution to developing and implementing the general and programme objectives.

The applicants must provide:

— a strategic work programme for a period of four years starting in 2014,

— a detailed annual work programme for a period of 12 months starting in 2014.

The applicant organisation’s strategic work programme should cover its statutory activities, including conferences, seminars, round tables, representation, communication and valorisation, and their other recurrent European activities related to the activities of the ‘Europe for citizens’ programme.

 

Eligibility period

The framework partnership has a duration of four years. For its specific annual grants, the period of eligibility must correspond to the applicants’ budget year, as evidenced by the organisation’s certified accounts.

For applicants with a budget year that differs from the calendar year, the period of eligibility will have the starting date of their budget year in 2014.

 

Deadline: 20 December 2013 at 12.00 (noon, Brussels time)

 

The applications have to be submitted using only the currently available grant application electronic form (eForm).

 

Find out more: http://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/news-events/news/06112013_callforproposals_en.htm