Europe for Citizen

  • europeforcitizens@civilnodrustvo.gov.rs
  • https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens_en

Overview; 

Total Budget: €185,47 million

Thematic Categories: European Citizenship, Democracy and Civic Participation / Education, Development Cooperation, European Citizenship, History, Art and Culture

Beneficiaries: State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, NGO / NPO, Public Services, National Government, Association

Link; https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens_en

https://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/about-the-europe-for-citizens-programme/future-programme-2014-2020/index_en.htm

Standard Eligibility Conditions; Applicants must be either public bodies or non-profit organisations with legal personality (Please refer to specific eligibility criterion of each strand/measure). Natural persons are NOT eligible under this programme.

The applying organisations must be recognized as a "legal person" under its national law and thus provided with its independent legal personality, with the capacity to sign contracts and assume its own responsibility. The mission as outlined in the organization’s statutes must be consistent with the objectives of the Europe for Citizens Programme, strand and measure under which the project application has been submitted.

Maximum grant for a Remembrance project is EUR 100 000. Type of organisation: Public local/regional authorities or non -profit organisations, including civil society organisations, survivors' associations, and cultural, youth, educational and research organisations, Preference is given to projects that will clearly reach out the younger generation. Number of Partners: A project must involve organisations from at least one Member State. Preference is given to transnational projects. The maximum project duration is 18 months.

Maximum grant for a Network of Towns project is EUR 150 000. Type of organisation: Towns/municipalities or their twinning committees or networks; Other levels of local/regional authorities; Federations/associations of local authorities. Non-profit organisations representing local authorities. The other organisations involved in the project can also be non-profit Civil Society Organisations; - Number of Partners: A project must involve municipalities from at least 4 eligible countries of which at least two are an EU Member State.

The maximum grant for a Town Twinning project is EUR 25 000. Type of organisation: Towns/municipalities or their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local authorities. Number of Partners: A project must involve municipalities from at least 2 eligible countries of which at least one is an EU Member State. Town twinning projects must organize project activities within 21 days (maximum duration of the project) and 9 months eligibility period.

Maximum eligible grant for a Civil Society Project is: EUR 150 000. Type of organisation: non-profit organisations, including civil society organisations, educational, cultural or research institutions, other organisations involved in the project can also be public local/regional authorities. Number of Partners: A project must involve organisations from at least 3 eligible countries of which at least two are an EU Member State. The maximum project duration is 18 months.

Additional Information:

  • In order to bring the information on the Europe for Citizens Programme closer to the Programme stakeholders and provide them with guidance and support, the European Commission established the Europe for Citizens Contact Points. In Serbia the contact point;

Sanja Atanaskovic Opacic
E-mail: europeforcitizens@civilnodrustvo.gov.rs
sanja.atanaskovic@civilnodrustvo.gov.rs
Tel: +381 11 3130 968

  • Priorities of the Programme for 2019-2020;

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/sites/eacea-site/files/priorities_2019-2020_en_0.pdf

Types of Grants: A distinction has to be made between action grants and operating grants awarded within the Programme. ACTION GRANTS support projects (within both strands), with a limited duration aiming at implementing specific activities. OPERATING GRANTS provide financial support for costs related to the usual and permanent activities of an organisation. That means: staff costs, the cost of internal meetings, publications, information and dissemination, rental payments, depreciation and other costs directly linked to the organisation's work programme. For the period 2018-2020 the call is already closed.

Pre-Financing option is valid depending on the duration of the project unless otherwise it is stated in project proposal (Please refer “Financial Guidelines for Applicants) Priority fields of the year can be found in annual work programme

Tips for Applicants; Europe for Citizen Programme application process is relatively simpler than other programmes and the require documentation to provide is very limited. Once PIC number is obtained eForm can be fulfilled to apply.

Programme Details

Specific objectives are to raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values of the European 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 and to encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, by developing citizens' understanding of the Union's policy-making process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level.

Europe for Citizens aims to promote active European citizenship with the main scope of bridging the gap between citizens and the European Union through financial instruments that promote active European citizenship. It intends to encourage cooperation between citizens and organisations from different countries and facilitate the development of a sense of belonging to common European ideals and to promote the process of European integration. The programme shall consist of the following two strands:

•           “Remembrance and European citizenship” - seeks to support organisations to promote debate and activities on European integration and history at a transnational level or when a clear European dimension is addressed. It will support activities that invite to reflection on common values in the broadest sense, taking into account diversity. Funds may be available for initiatives reflecting on causes of totalitarian regimes in Europe’s modern history (especially but not exclusively Nazism and Stalinism) and to commemorate their victims.

•           “Democratic engagement and civic participation” - seeks to develop citizens’ understanding and capacity to participate in the Union policy making process and to develop opportunities for solidarity, societal engagement & volunteering. It will support activities that cover civic participation in the broadest sense, with particular focus on structuring methods for long-term sustainability.


Supported Actions

• Citizens’ meetings, town-twinning.

• Creation and operations of transnational partnerships and networks.

• Support for organisations of a general European interest.

• Community building and debates on citizenship issues based on the use of ICT and/or social media.

• Union level events.

• Debates/studies and interventions on defining moments in European history, in particular to keep the memory alive of the crimes committed under Nazism and Stalinism.

• Reflection/debates on common values.

• Initiatives to raise awareness on the EU

 institutions and their functioning.

• Actions that exploit and further valorize the results of the supported initiatives.

• Studies on issues related to citizenship and civic participation.

• Support of programme information/advice structures in the Member States.


 

Conditions and Level of Financing (Eu Co-Financing Rate); 

Strand 1: European remembrance 

· Type of organisations: Public local or regional authorities or non-profit organisations, including civil society organisations, survivors' associations, and youth, educational, cultural, and research organisations; preference is given to projects that will clearly reach out to the younger generation;

· Number of involved organisations: A project must involve organisations from at least one Member State, but preference is given to transnational projects.

· Maximum grant amount: € 100 000;

· Maximum percentage of co-funding: 70%;

· Maximum duration: 18 months per project.


Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation

* Town-Twinning: 

· Type of organisations: towns/municipalities or their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local authorities;

· Number of organisations involved: municipalities from at least 2 eligible countries of which at least one is an EU Member State;

· Maximum grant amount: € 25 000 per project;

· Maximum percentage of co-funding: 50% ;

· Maximum duration: 21 days per project.

 

*Networks of Towns:

· Type of organisations: Towns/municipalities or their twinning committees or networks, other levels of local/regional authorities, federations/associations of local authorities and non-profit organisations representing local authorities; the other organisations involved in the project can also be non-profit Civil Society Organisations;

· Number of organisations involved: municipalities from at least 4 eligible countries of which at least two are an EU Member State;

· Venue and number of activities: The activities must take place in different eligible partner countries. At least 4 events per project have to be foreseen. Maximum grant amount: € 150 000;

· Maximum percentage of co-funding: 70% ;

· Maximum duration: 24 months per project.


*Civil Society Projects: 

· Type of organisations: non-profit organisations, including civil society organisations, educational, cultural or research institutions; the other organisations involved in the project can also be public local/regional authorities;

· Number of organisations involved: organisations from at least 3 eligible countries of which at least two are an EU Member State;

· Maximum grant amount: € 150 000;   

· Maximum percentage of co-funding: 70% ;

· Maximum duration: 18 months per project.


WorkProgramme;https://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/pdf/2019_annex-annual-work-programme_en.pdf

Regulation:      https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32019R0788&qid=1565276863695&from=EN

 

Examples of Project;

Please refer to dedicated website;

https://www.europeforcitizens.ie/project-examples.html

Examples of Calls 

For 2019 All deadlines for submission of applications specified below end at 12.00 (noon), Brussels time.

- European Remembrance projects 1st February 2019 -  EUR 4 Million

- Town Twinning 1st February 2019 and 1st September 2019 – EUR 4.8 Million

- Networks of Towns 1st March 2019 and 1st September 2019 – EUR 4.7 Million

- Civil Society Projects 1st September 2019 – EUR 3.7 Million