Europe for Citizens is a funding programme that basically provides a large number of small grants
Expected to fund in 2011:-
750 projects involving about 1 million citizens
51 operating grants and
about 100 action grants
Youth Media Plus/ Media training
Erasmus Mundus Citizenship
Actions to support « Civil society » bodies active at European Level in the fields of Youth, Education and Training, Culture, Town Twinning and Active Citizenship
Funding period : 2007-2013
Total Budget : € 215 m
Flat rate financing being introduced
Participation of citizens
Sense of belonging/ownership
Tolerance and mutual understanding
Active Citizens : Twinning (citizens meetings/ networks)
Active Civil Society : NGO’s projects / operating grants
All together for Europe : high visibility events; studies; information
Active remembrance : Preservation of memorials and memory
Priority One - The future of the European Union and its basic values
Focus 2011: involving civil society in debate, reflection, action - as well as raising awareness of the EU
Priority Two - Active European citizenship: civic participation and democracy in Europe
Focus 2011: empowering citizens to play a full part in the democratic life of the EU … fostering participation through volunteering linked to the European Year of volunteering; equal opportunities in political life.
Priority Three - Intercultural dialogue
Focus 2011: raising awareness of and mobilising stakeholders, active in bridging cultural barriers, to reflect on social cohesion and social innovation and take part in the European Year of volunteering
Priority Four - People’s well-being in Europe: employment, social cohesion and sustainable development & Priority Five - The Impact of EU policies in societies
Focus 2011: economic situation … involving citizens and civil society, including volunteers, in developing locally adapted solutions & exchanging experience on these in the European context…
1. Town-twinning: citizens’ meetings / networking
Minimum grant € 2,000 & maximum € 20,000
At least 2 eligible countries involved
Bilateral (1+1): minimum 10 participants from each invited town
Multilateral (1+2 or more): minimum 5 participants from each invited town
Existing or prospective town twinning agreement
2. Citizens’ projects and support measures
P rojects should employ innovative methods to bring together citizens from different walks of life, who will collaborate on or debate common European issues at local and EU level.
A call for proposals funding citizens’ projects is due out in 2011. The deadline is the 1st of June 2011 for projects starting between 1 December 2011 and 28 February 2012.
Support to projects
Must have at least one other partner organisation from another participating country.
One annual deadline: 15 February for projects starting between 1 July and 1 December of that year.
The project must finish no later than 30 June of the following year (n+1).
The maximum duration of projects is 12 months.
European civil society organisations including NGO’s, Associations, Foundations, Trade unions, Think tanks, etc.
types of support:
Support to trans-national projects (max. around 55,000 €).
Type of action s:
High visibility events: visibility of the programme and its objectives
Studies and opinion polls
Information tools, internet portal « citizenship », dissemination of the results
Projects of the following types may be supported:
Preservation of main sites and memorials associated with the mass deportations, concentration camps and extermination sites of Nazism, as well as the archives for keeping alive the memory of the victims and of those who rescued people from the holocaust;
Commemoration of the victims of mass exterminations and mass deportations associated with Stalinism, as well as the preservation of the memorials and archives.