EU Call for Proposals: Information and Communication 2015

Deadline: 27 May 2016

The European Union is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its Information and Communication 2015 grant programme  in order to increase the Knowledge about values and the functioning of the EU among the population at large in Serbia.

The aim of the Programme is satisfy the demand in Serbia for more and better quality information about EU accession by enabling the creative potential and local knowledge of CSOs, TV, radios, universities and established library network in order to:

  • Inform various target groups about the EU, its values, its policies and programmes and their impact on Serbian citizens everyday life.
  • Increase frequency and quality of media coverage and public debate on EU related issues in Serbia.
  • Ensure visibility of EU external assistance programmes in Serbia.
  • Increase the understanding of the integration process and the long term benefits it brings to Serbian Citizens and to stimulate public debate.

Objectives

  • To increase awareness and understanding about the accession process, EU assistance and reforms needed by empowering Serbian multipliers in communicating about the EU
  • To produce and broadcast quality radio and TV/Av content and news programme(s) about the EU, Serbia’s EU integration and EU assistance
  • To organise public information campaigns, events and presentations on the EU with strong media coverage.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

Lot (1): For Production and broadcasting TV and Radio content about Serbia’s EU accession process, reforms needed, EU assistance and benefits of accession.

  • minimum amount: EUR 400,000.00
  • maximum amount: EUR 450,000.00

Lot (2): For organisation and implementation of events, presentations and public communication campaigns about Serbia’s EU accession process, reforms needed, EU assistance and benefits of accession with strong media coverage.

  • minimum amount: EUR 240,000.00
  • maximum amount: EUR 270,000.00

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be civil society organizations (CSOs), TV , radio
    • have proven experience in EU communication and EU integration process projects/activities
    • be established in a member state of the European Union or in a country of IPA regulation
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
    • be based in Serbia on in a member state of the European Union or in an IPA-beneficiary country but with an established office in Serbia
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicants as specified hereafter.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

Strategic Call for Proposals: Interreg–IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary–Serbia

Deadline: 26 August 2016

The Hungary-Serbia IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme, approved by the European Commission, is a programme in which the participating countries, Hungary and Serbia, have established their Programme management as “shared management system”.

Cross-border co-operation between Hungary and Serbia works within the framework of the Hungary-Serbia Pilot Small Projects Fund (PSPF) under the Hungarian National Phare Programme, aimed at supporting people-to-people actions and at facilitating institution building projects of non-profit organisations along the Hungarian-Serbian border, as well as preparing potential applicants for future INTERREG funding opportunities.

Programme Objectives

In order to achieve the overall strategic goal, five specific objectives are defined:

  • Reducing isolation of border areas by improving cross-border accessibility
  • Environmental sustainability and safety in the border zone
  • Synergies and co-operation in the economy
  • Managing common cultural heritage to promote cultural values, traditions and to develop tourism
  • Intense cultural, educational and research interaction

Priority Areas

The following priorities, intervention areas and activities have been identified to contribute to the achievement of the above objectives:

  • Infrastructure and environment
  • Economy, education and culture

Financial Framework

  • The indicative Community funding (IPA) for the Programme amounts to EUR 50.1 million. The IPA allocation approved for the period 2007-2011 is EUR 33.969.179.
  • IPA funding for both Hungarian and Serbian partners may reach up to 85% of the eligible project costs.

Eligibility Criteria

Each Lead Beneficiary and Project Partner has to:

  • be legal persons established by public or private law
  • be nonprofit making
  • have direct responsibility for the preparation and management of the proposed activities, not acting as intermediaries and
  • in case of the Lead Beneficiary have their headquarters or a registered regional/local branch in the eligible area, while in case of Project Partners have their headquarters or a registered regional/local branch in the eligible area or in the adjacent regions.

Potential applicants who can apply for funds are as follows (the list is indicative):

  • Local governments and their institutions
  • Associations of local governments and their institutions
  • Development agencies
  • Non- governmental non- profit organisations (NGOs)
  • Water management authorities
  • Environmental management authorities
  • Management organisations of national parks and environmental protection areas
  • Tourist boards
  • Public enterprises
  • Universities, research institutes
  • Educational organizations and their non-profit organisations
  • Labour centres
  • Foundations, chambers of commerce

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an application form in order to apply.

For more information, please visit this link.

Call for Proposals 2016: CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

Deadline: 31 May 2016

The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) are currently inviting proposals for its CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism with an aim to investigative reporting despite the difficult conditions under which they often have to operate.

Award Categories

The Call is divided into two categories:

  • Professional journalists (4.000 EUR)
  • Young professional journalists(1.000 EUR)

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Call is open to nationals of the 18 CEI Member States: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • Print, Radio, TV, news agencies and Internet media are admitted.
  • For Category 1: candidates should have been actively engaged in investigative reporting over the last two years and should still be active in journalism. Two samples of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation by the jury.
  • For Category 2: candidates should have been actively involved in investigative reporting, even in the context of training activities organised by schools/universities/NGOs and, as a result, should have published at least one investigative story meeting all professional standards. One sample of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation by the jury.

How to Apply

  • Applicant must download the application form via given website.
  • The following documents in PDF format shall be uploaded:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A recommendation letter
    • Up to three samples of journalistic work in a single PDF document
    • Material prepared in local languages should be accompanied by a short summary in English

For more information, please visit CEI SEEMO Award.

PeaceNexus Foundation’s 2016 Organizational Development Grant

Deadline: 25 April 2016

The PeaceNexus Foundation has announced a call for applications for its 2016 Organizational Development Grant. NGOs in the Western Balkans, West Africa, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan as well as international NGOs can apply for this opportunity.

Eligibility criteria

  • Only registered non-profit organisations with a peacebuilding relevant mandate and activities are eligible;
  • Think-tanks, academic institutions and policy makers without operational peace-building activities in a context affected by violent conflict are not eligible;
  • Applicant organisations must have a bank account, publish annual financial reports, be accountable to a constituency and have a governing body;
  • Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to non-violence, gender equality and ethnic diversity;
  • Individuals and organisations that are currently working with PeaceNexus, as consultants, grantees or partners receiving advisory services, are not eligible for PeaceNexus organisational development support;

In 2016, local CSOs/NGOs from the following countries are eligible:

  • West Africa: Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Senegal, The Gambia
  • Balkans: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Myanmar

The main criteria are:

  • The organisation is eligible, has a peace relevant mandate in the given context and has the potential to be a ‘champion of change’.
  • The request is convincing, the support PeaceNexus is able to provide is likely to be relevant for the applicant and there is appetite and space for organisational change.

For more information, visit this link: http://peacenexus.org/supporting-ngos/building-organisational-capacities/od-call-2016/

European Commission: Civil Society Facility Programme in Serbia

Deadline: 6 May 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “Civil Society Facility (CSF) Programme”. The overall objective of the CSF programme is to contribute to anchoring democratic values and structures, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law, there by supporting the EU integration process.

Objectives

  • To increase the effectiveness of the Serbian CSOs in undertaking initiatives
  • To enhance regional cooperation and dialogue Serbia and Kosovo
  • To strengthen the role of civil society organisations in the process of negotiations with the EU and policy monitoring

Size of Grants

Any grant requested unedr this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Minimum amount: EUR 300,000
  • Maximum amount: EUR 500,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be non-profit-making
    • be civil society organisation
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
    • in case the applicant is a CSO not established in Serbia, it must act with at least one co-applicant that is established in Serbia.
  • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.

How to Apply

Applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

Call for Proposals 2016: CEI Cooperation Fund for Innovative Actions favouring Mobility & Networking

Deadline: 23 May 2016

The Central European Initiative (CEI) is currently inviting proposals for its CEI Cooperation Fund for innovative actions favouring mobility and networking. CEI Cooperation Activities aim at capacity building by knowledge transfer and sharing, in particular from EU CEI Member States to non-EU CEI Member States, and at exchanging experiences and good practice among all CEI Member States by favouring mobility and networking.

Proposals need to focus on capacity building by transferring and sharing know-how, in particular from EU CEI Member States to non-EU CEI Member States. The activities can take the form of conferences, seminars, workshops, and training activities.

Funding Information

Applicants can request a CEI contribution up to the maximum amount of fifteen thousand Euro (15.000 EUR).

Member Countries

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

Eligibility Criteria

  • All public and private entities based and registered in CEI Member States (mentioned above) as well as international/regional organizations can apply.
  • Individuals cannot apply.
  • All Applicants shall refer to their legal status within the Application Form, referring to the relevant legislation or act as appropriate.
  • Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organisations as well as private entities shall annex an official proof of registration to the Application Form with a courtesy translation into English.
  • This requirement is mandatory.

How to Apply

Applicant must download the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

Apply for European Social Innovation Competition 2016!

Deadline: 8 April 2016

The European Commission is seeking entries from individuals, groups and organizations for its Social Innovation Competition 2016 whose aim is to promote the integration of refugees and migrants.

Competition Themes

  • Education and skills development
  • Employment and entrepreneurship
  • Access to appropriate housing and health services
  • Safety and human rights
  • Community cohesion and cultural diversity

Funding available

The 3 winners of the competition will each receive a prize of €50,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Competition is open to everyone (individuals or legal entities) resident in EU Member States and in countries participating in Horizon 2020 (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Israel, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine).
  • Ideas and proposals from all sources, sectors and all types of organisations including for-profit, nonfor-profit, or private companies are welcome. Applications involving several organisations and/or from various countries are possible.
  • Entries must be original ideas from contestants. They may propose new or improved ways to implement existing solutions, combine them, or adapt them to a different context or target group, but they cannot be exact copies of those. The contestants must demonstrate the novelty of their solution, in comparison with those already developed/implemented by themselves or by others in their context.
  • The contestants are also expected to indicate how the participation in the Competition may benefit their idea (e.g. prize, mentoring, networking, visibility or other related benefit).
  • Contestants that have already received an EU or Euratom prize cannot receive a second prize for the same activities.
  • Contestants may submit more than one entry and be named as a partner in more than one entry. All costs of entering the Competition must be borne by contestants.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Innovation Competition 2016.

European Commission: Creative Europe-Cross Sectoral Refugees Integration Projects

Deadline: 28 April 2016

European Commission is seeking proposals for its Creative Europe-Cross Sectoral Refugees Integration Projects 2016 to support cultural, audio-visual and cross-sectorial projects that aim to facilitate the integration of refugees into European communities by fostering respect and understanding for diversity, democratic values and citizenship, intercultural dialogue, tolerance and respect for other cultures.

Objectives

  • The establishment of a Guarantee Facility targeting the cultural and creative sectors
  • The promotion of transnational policy cooperation
  • Supporting a network of Creative Europe Desks

Projects Priorities

Priority will be given to projects that can:

  • help refugees and migrants socialize and express themselves without necessarily speaking immediately the host country language.
  • be learning platforms in a wider sense, fostering respect and understanding for diversity, intercultural and civic competencies, democratic values and citizenship.
  • give EU citizens the opportunity to discover, learn from and understand the values and cultures of refugees and migrants and – in the process rediscover and enrich their own.
  • support the showcasing and co-creation of cultural and/or audiovisual works across Europe.
  • offer the possibility of collaboration with organisations in other sectors in order to stimulate a more comprehensive, rapid, effective and long-term response to this global challenge.

Funding Information

  • An estimated budget of 1,6 million EURO is available for co financing up to 80% of the total eligible budget.
  • 8-12 projects will be selected. The minimum grant is 100.000€ and the maximum is 200.00€
  • The maximum duration of a project is 24 months.
  • Applications that fall outside this funding framework will not be considered.

Eligibility Countries

  • The 28 Member States of the European Union,
  • The EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland and Norway,
  • EU candidate countries: Turkey, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
  • Potential candidate: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible projects are implemented by creative partnerships that will involve a project leader and at least two other partners (having their legal seat in at least two different countries taking part in the Culture sub-programme of Creative Europe).
  • The project leader and at least one of the partners must be active in the cultural and creative sectors. The additional partners may be active in relevant sectors such as the public, social, healthcare, educational spheres or any other field that could support the integration of refugees.
  • Individuals may not apply for a grant.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Creative Europe.

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2016 Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum: Creating Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs!

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) are seeking applications for its Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum 2016 (WVEF 2016) which will be held on 1st and 2nd September in Istanbul, Turkey.

This is the premier global event to get inspired, do business and create lifetime opportunities for women entrepreneurs by providing training, improving skills and facilitating meetings with buyers.

Priority Areas

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Business Services
  • Textiles and Garments
  • Tourism

Benefits

  • Get the inside track from industry gurus
  • Boost your knowledge at trade clinics
  • Discover a place on corporate and government procurement
  • Initiate partnerships and strong business relationships

Eligible Countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applying companies must be women owned
  • Company must be formally registered and incorporated
  • Company must operate in one or several of the WVEF 2016 sectors (ICT and Business Services; Textiles and Garments; Tourism)
  • Company must be domiciled in an economy in transition or developing country(mentioned above)

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum.

European Union: Enhancing the Employability of Egyptian Youth

Deadline: 28 April 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for the programme entitled “Support to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform in Egypt – Phase II”  with an objective to enhance the employability of Egyptian youth and unemployed/low-skilled workers and improve their transition to employment, through development /update and implementation of training programmes, in particular, retraining and entrepreneurship programmes with the contribution of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs), professional organisations and Enterprise Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Partnership.

The aim of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is to support the transition to employment to increase the employability of Egyptian youth, jobseekers, and workers, as well as the capacity of the TVET system to develop appropriate programmes to meet the labour market demand, with a particular attention to selected key economic sectors, notably Tourism.

Objectives

The call is divided into three lots.

  • Lot 1: To provide young entrepreneurs (aged 18-30 with focus on women) an opportunity to access both financial and non-financial business development support/ incubation to establish their start-ups / businesses with high potential of sustainability. This lot aims at supporting young entrepreneurs who are just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential but not yet fully developed and those who already started but still in need for further assistance/development for expansion.
  • Lot 2: To facilitate transition to employment for women and youth job seekers through building their capacities and enhancing matchmaking techniques, as well as, improving the existing workforce productivity through skill up training programmes.
  • Lot 3: To facilitate job placement for unemployed youth by improving the match between job vacancies and job seekers skills, and provide skill up training for the existing workforce in the Tourism sector and to support the youth job seekers (entrepreneurs) to start-up their own business in the tourism handicrafts.

Grant Information

  • Lot 1: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,500,000.
  • Lot 2: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 200,000 to EUR 500,000.
  • Lot 3: Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,500,000.

Location

Actions must take place in Egypt.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 36 months nor exceed 48 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisations (NGOs) registered
    • with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Enterprise TVET Partnership (ETPs), business associations, international (inter-governmental) organisations and
    • be effectively established in an eligible country as defined for the European Neighborhood Instrument: Member State of the European Union, partner countries benefitting from the European Neighborhood Instrument (Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine), a contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) , Developing countries and territories, as included in the list of ODA recipients published by the OECD-DAC, which are not members of the G-20 group, overseas countries and territories, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. This obligation does not apply to international organizations and
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary and
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.
  • For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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