'Europe for Citizens' Open for Applications

The 'Europe for Citizens' programme is once again accepting funding applications for joint initiatives between community and voluntary organisations across Europe. Projects can include seminars, workshops, training events, networking etc - read on to find out more...

The February deadline for funding applications for joint initiatives between community and voluntary groups across different countries (or ‘civil society organisations’ in Euro-jargon) is now looming. If successful, the projects would receive a grant towards the organisation of different activities / events / material associated with the project.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

As mentioned above, projects can include the organisation of seminars, workshops, joint publications, information campaigns, training events, grassroot projects, debates, and networking between community and voluntary groups in different European countries.

In order to be funded the subject covered by the project must relate to one of the Programme’s themes. The overall themes that are eligible under the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme include:

  • The Future of Europe;
  • Active Citizenship, Democracy, and Citizen Participation;
  • Intercultural Dialogue, Tolerance, Respecting Cultural Diversity, and combating Racism and Xenophobia;
  • Social cohesion, social inclusion, competitiveness, local economic development and local employment initiatives;
  • Environmental issues and Sustainable Development;
  • The Impact of EU policies, such as in the following areas:
  • Equal opportunities and fundamental rights;
  • Young people, education and multilingualism (including things like school networks, e-learning);
  • Issues affecting people with disabilities;
  • Making use of new information and communication technologies.

In addition to the above, during 2010 particular priority will be given to initiatives and projects addressing the following issues:

  • Projects relevant to the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (2010);
  • Addressing the consequences of the current economic crisis in society, and involving citizens and local groups in developing local solutions to the crisis in employment and economic development;
  • The role of civil society organisations (community and voluntary sector) and different forms of participation in decision-making at local, national and European level;
  • Raising awareness and preparations for the planned European Year of Volunteering 2011;
  • Equal opportunities in political life;
  • Raising awareness of the impact of EU policies on society in different fields;
  • Events connected with Europe Day (9 May 2010) commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Schuman declaration.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, the applicant must be a non-profit-making organisation with a legal status and legal personality. This includes non-governmental organisations, platforms, networks, associations and federations, think tanks, trade unions, educational institutions, religious organisations, organisations active in the field of voluntary work and amateur sport, etc.

Each project must include at least 2 organisations from at least 2 different European countries. However, the more countries involved the better.

Find Out More

The deadline for submission of applications for 2010 is 15 February 2010.

The National Contact Point for Irish applicants submitting proposals for funding under the Europe for Citizens programme is based in the IPA in Dublin. The contact point can provide advice and assistance to applicants preparing an application.

For further information, please contact Laura Sherry by email at europeforcitizens@ipa.ie, or by telephone at (01) 240 3600. Details and links to further information are also available on www.europeforcitizens.ie.

Further details on this specific element of the Europe for Citizens programme can be found at the following website: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/programme/action2_en.php#3