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funding opportunities via eu grants belgrade 15 june 2012 katrijn dekoninck

Funding opportunities via EU grantsBelgrade, 15 June 2012Katrijn Dekoninck

This event is sponsored by the PROGRESS Partnership Programme, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and the Programme ‘Support to Civil Society’, both of the European Commission

what is eu project funding
Whatis EU projectfunding?

Fundingvia development of projects, partlyfunded by the European Commission (EC)

  • Largest % financed by the EC, e.g. 80%; remaining % financed by the projectcoordinator & the partners, e.g. 20% (co-financing) via hosting an event, staff costs etc..
  • How to go about?
    • Scan relevant Calls for Proposals for yoursector on the EC website via relevant programmes = what EASPD does for itsmembership
    • Discusspossibility and feasibility of launchingyour organisation in a project..
roadmap for a successful application
Roadmap for a successful application
  • Project concept
    • Innovative + clear (language, general goal & objectives )
    • A match between your objectives (and that of the partnership) and EU funding programme & policy objectives
    • A set of specific objectives (SMART :specific / measurable / achievable / realistic / timed)
    • Well-defined direct & indirect target group(s)
    • A varied and competent partnership
    • Useful, necessary activities to be performed (not nice-to-haves)
    • Awareness of financial implications and commitment

“If you can’t explain it simply,you don’t understand it well enough.”

Albert Einstein

roadmap for a successful application1
Roadmap for a successful application
  • As a project coordinator, be prepared:
    • With regard to Human Resources:
      • Familiarity with EU rules
      • Linguistic & cross-cultural skills
      • Motivation
    • With regard to Financial capacity:
      • Co-financing issue
      • Accounting system
      • Centralised vs. decentralised project administration
      • Capacity to bear EU’s financial rhythm (pre-financing to acceptance of final report)

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Henry Ford

roadmap for a successful application3
Roadmap for a successful application

3. A step-by-step approach

  • Start with small projects or as partner
  • Build your capacity
  • Create motivation and ownership in your team
  • Create your network
  • Explore existing funding streams
  • Develop your own project conceptand lead the process
benefits of eu projects
Benefits of EU projects
  • Recognition of know-how of your staff/organisation
  • Fostering innovation
  • Positioning of the organisation in the sector, but also in the political area
  • Creating context via benchmarking
  • Building capacity of your staff
  • Gaining experience on how to work with European project management procedures

“The most effective way to manage change is to create it. “

Peter F. Drucker

most relevant eu funding streams for our sector today
Most relevant EU fundingstreams for oursector (today)
  • LLP (Lifelonglearning)

  • PROGRESS (Social Affairs)

  • IPA (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance - DG Enlargement)


  • FP7 (R&D)

  • ESF

llp basics1
LLP - basics

LLP General Priorities

1.Develop Strategies for lifelonglearning and mobility

2.Encourage cooperationbetween the worlds of education, training and work

3.Support initial and continuous training of teachers, trainers and education and training institutions’ managers

4.Promote the acquisition of key competencesthroughout the education and training system

5.Promote social inclusion and genderequality in education and training, including the integration of migrants and Roma

« itshouldbenotedthatpromotingaccess to learningopportunities (including e-learning opportunities) for people withdisabilitiesis a strategicpriorityapplying to the [LLP] programme as a whole » (LLP StrategicPriorities 2012, p. 9)

what s next
  • Erasmus for All
  • Rights and Citizenship Programme
  • Programme for Social Change and Innovation
  • Europe for Citizens2014-2020
  • ESF 2014-2020
  • Horizon 2020
erasmus for all
Erasmus for All
  • 𝐿𝐿𝑃+𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑛 𝐴𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛+𝐸𝑟𝑎𝑠𝑚𝑢𝑠 𝑀𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑢𝑠+𝑇𝑒𝑚𝑝𝑢𝑠+𝐴𝑙𝑓𝑎+𝐸𝑑𝑢𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑘+𝐶𝑜𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠

= 𝑬𝒓𝒂𝒔𝒎𝒖𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝑨𝒍𝒍

  • Aim: to improve people's skills and ultimately their employability as well as to support the modernisation of education and training systems
  • More emphasis on mobilities
  • Budget planned: 19 Billion €
  • Simplified (?) rules
  • Eligibility extended to more neighbouring countries (Balkans, etc.)
rights and citizenship programme1
Rights and Citizenship Programme
  • Aim: help to make people's rights and freedoms effective in practice by making them better known and more consistently applied across the EU. It will also promote the rights of the child, the principles of non discrimination (racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation) and gender equality (including projects to combat violence against women and children)
  • Budget planned: 387 Million €
programme for social change innovation1
Programme for Social Change & Innovation
  • Aim: to support of employment and social policies across the EU (in line with the EU 2020 Strategy aiming at a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth for Europe)
  • Budget planned: 429 Million €
europe for citizens 2014 2020
Europe for Citizens 2014-2020
  • Aim: to strengthen remembrance and enhance capacity for civic participation at the Union level =>
    • Stimulate debate, reflection and cooperation on remembrance, Union integration and history
    • Develop citizens' understanding and capacity to participate in the Union policy making process and develop opportunities for solidarity, societal engagement & volunteering at Union level
  • Budget planned: 229 Million €
esf 2014 2020
ESF 2014-2020
  • Aim: to improve employment opportunities, promote education and life-long learning, enhance social inclusion, contribute to combating poverty and develop institutional capacity of public administration
  • Budget planned: 84 Billion €
horizon 2020
Horizon 2020
  • Aim: Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.
  • 3 Key priorities:
    • Excellent Science
    • Industrial Leadership
    • Societal Challenges
    • Smart, green and integrated transport
    • Inclusive, innovative and secure societies
    • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Budget planned: 80 Billion €
  • Look before you leap..
  • Project funding should be embedded in the strategy of your organisation so it does not remain a one-off activity..
  • Do not hesitate to ask people and organisations having experience with EU grants & funding!


Katrijn Dekoninck, Project & Liaison Officer at EASPD


With the support of the PROGRESS Partnership Programme and the Programme ‘Support to Civil Society’ of the European Commission