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Call for Proposals: Initiatives to Promote Debate and Raise Awareness of EU Policy Priorities

Belgium, 18 June 2015


The Organisation 

is calling for proposals from legal entities coming from Civil Society Organisations registered in an EU Member State to promote debate and raise awareness of current EU policy priorities as reflected in the 2015 European Commission Work Programme in the field of Communication and the European Commission President Juncker’s ten Political Guidelines.

Proposals should have an explicit UK angle (challenges and opportunities) on the EU topics being discussed and fall within the context aforementioned.

OBJECTIVE(S) – Theme(s) – Priorities

The Representation will provide financial support in the form of lump sum grants to successful applicants to hold events, giving particular emphasis to dissemination mechanisms of such events, the gathering of comments on the reactions produced and analysing the impact of these actions.

The key objectives are to:

  • raise public awareness and understanding of EU policy priorities and engage a wide range of participants in public and private debate on EU issues;

  • contribute to closer links between citizens and the institutions of the European Union, in particular through better knowledge of the Union's role and activities;

  • stimulate an open debate on the chosen topic(s) and encompass a range of views;

  • deliver projects in an innovative way to encourage participation from groups not normally engaged in policy;

  • gather opinions from participants which could be used as input for European decision-makers;

  • produce tangible and lasting spin-offs.

Proposals may, for example, include:

  • Lecture/debate;

  • Conferences, seminars, workshops organised in the premises of the EC Representation (Europe House) or at a suitable venue chosen by the applicant;

  • Events organised with educational establishments, universities, policy institutes (think tanks) or national/regional UK authorities;

  • Network coordination meeting;

  • Other outreach event.

Proposals may include a research element. Any research findings should be publicised through an event and/or written material.

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 280,000 euros. The maximum grant will be 19,000 or 10,000 euros depending on the module selected. These lump sums are considered to represent a maximum co-financing rate of 80% of eligible costs. Applicants will have to source the remaining funding elsewhere. The Representation expects to fund around 20 proposals.


Submission Deadline: 27 June 2015

Also view the ECN Grants & Funding Notice (accessible by ECN Executive Members - Login to View)

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