Deadline: 16 October 2017
Open to: legal entities established and registered in an EU Member State
Benefits: grants of EUR 70,000 – 500,000
With the current call for proposals, the European Commission seeks to select potential beneficiaries for the implementation of a number of Information Measures Relating to the EU Cohesion Policy, co-financed by the EU. The main aim is to provide support for the production and dissemination of information and content linked to EU Cohesion policy, while respecting complete editorial independence of the actors involved.
The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:
- To promote and foster a better understanding of the role of Cohesion policy in supporting all EU’s regions;
- To increase awareness of projects funded by the EU – through Cohesion policy in particular – and of their impact on people’s lives;
- To disseminate information and encourage an open dialogue on Cohesion policy, its results, its role in delivering on the EU’s political priorities and on its future;
- To encourage civic participation in matters related to Cohesion policy and to foster citizens’ participation to setting priorities for the future of this policy.
The proposals shall illustrate and assess the role of Cohesion policy in delivering the European Commission’s political priorities and in addressing current and future challenges for the EU, its Member States, its regions and the local level. More specifically, they should relate to the contribution of Cohesion policy to:
- Boosting jobs, growth and investment at the regional and national level, and improving citizens’ quality of life;
- Helping deliver on the EU’s and Member States’ major priorities – which include, in addition to job and growth creation, addressing climate change, protecting environment, enhancing research and innovation, among others;
- Enhancing economic, social and territorial cohesion in the EU while reducing disparities between and within EU countries and regions;
- Helping regions harness globalisation by finding their niche in the world economy;
- Reinforcing the European project as Cohesion policy directly serves EU citizens.
Eligible applicants (lead and co-applicants as well as affiliated entities if any) must be legal entities established and registered in an EU Member State. Examples of eligible applicants are:
- Media organisations/news agencies (television, radio, written press, online media, new media, combination of different media);
- Non-profit organizations;
- Universities and educational institutions;
- Research centres and think-tanks;
For the purpose of this call for proposals, an ‘information measure’ is a self-contained and coherent set of information activities relating to the EU Cohesion policy. Public authorities (national, regional and local), are not qualified as managing authorities.
Natural persons, as well as entities established for the sole purpose of the implementation of the projects within this call for proposals are not eligible applicants.
For British applicants: the eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article II.17 of the grant agreement.
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of information measures under this call is estimated at EUR 4 000 000.
The grant amount will be minimum EUR 70 000 and maximum EUR 500 000. The maximum amount of the grant cannot be exceeded.
The EU grant will take the form of reimbursement of up to 80% of the actual eligible costs of the action. Applicants must guarantee the co-financing of the remaining amount covered by their own resources.
The indicative duration of the actions should be 12 months (1 February 2018 – 31 January 2019).
How to apply?
The application forms as well as additional information on the call for proposals can be found in the guidelines for applicants available here.
Applications must comply with the requirements set out in the above-mentioned guidelines for applicants.
For more information please visit the official website.