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Europe For Citizen Programme Call for Proposals

Europe for Citizens
This Call for Proposals 2010/C 340/14 published in the framework of the Europe For Citizen Programme addresses the following three Actions:  Active Citizens for Europe, Active civil society in Europe and Active European Remembrance

The Europe for Citizens programme has the following specific objectives:
- bringing together people from local communities across Europe to share and exchange experiences, opinions and values, to learn from history and to build for the future,
- fostering action, debate and reflection related to European citizenship and democracy, shared values, common history and culture through cooperation within civil society organisations at European level,
- bringing Europe closer to its citizens by promoting Europe's values and achievements, while preserving the memory of its past,
- encouraging interaction between European citizens and civil society organisations from all participating countries contributing to intercultural dialogue and bringing to the fore both Europe's diversity and unity, with particular attention to activities aimed at developing closer ties between citizens from Member States of the European Union

This call for proposals of the Europe For Citizen Programme is organized in three Actions.

Action 1: Active Citizens for Europe

1.a) Action 1: Active Citizens for Europe call for proposals Measure 1.1: Town twinning citizens’ meetings
This measure is aimed at activities that involve or promote direct exchanges between European citizens through their participation in town-twinning activities. A project must involve municipalities from at least two participating countries, of which at least one is an EU Member State. The project must have a minimum of 25 international participants coming from the invited municipalities. The maximum duration of the meeting is 21 days. The maximum grant to be awarded is EUR 25 000 per project. The minimum grant awarded is EUR 5 000.
1.b) Action 1: Active Citizens for Europe call for proposals Measure 1.2: Networks of twinned towns
This measure supports the development of networks created on the basis of town twinning links, which are important for ensuring structured, intense and multifaceted cooperation among municipalities, and therefore for contributing to maximising the impact of the Programme. A project must foresee at least three events. It must involve municipalities from at least four participating countries, of which at least one is an EU Member State. The project must have a minimum of 30 international participants coming from the invited municipalities.
The maximum project duration is 24 months; the maximum duration of each event is 21 days.
Maximum amount eligible for a project within this measure is EUR 150 000. The minimum amount eligible is EUR 10 000.

1.2) Action 1: Active Citizens for Europe call for proposals Measure 2.1: Citizens’ projects
This measure addresses a major challenge of the European Union today: how to bridge the gap between citizens and the European Union. It aims at exploring original and innovative methodologies capable of encouraging citizens’ participation and stimulating the dialogue between European citizens and the institutions of the European Union.
A project submitted in the framework of Measure 2.1 of the Active Citizens for Europe call for proposals must involve at least five participating countries, of which at least one is an EU Member State.
A project must involve at least 200 participants. The maximum project duration is 12 months.
The amount of the grant will be calculated on the basis of a balanced, detailed forecast budget, expressed in euro.
The European Citizens grant awarded may not exceed 60 % of the total amount of the project's eligible costs. The minimum grant will be 100.000 euro, while the maximum grant is 250.000 euro.

1.3) Action 1: Active Citizens for Europe call for proposals Measure 2.2: Support measures
Activities which may lead to the establishment of long-lasting partnerships and networks reaching a significant number of different stakeholders promoting active Europe citizenship, thus contributing to provide a better response to the programmes’ objectives and maximising the overall programme impact and effectiveness.
A project submitted in the framework of Measure 2.2 of the Active Citizens for Europe call for proposals must involve at least two participating countries, of which at least one is an European Member State.
The maximum duration is 12 months. At least two events per project have to be foreseen.
The European Citizens grant may not exceed a maximum rate of 80 % of eligible costs of the action concerned. The minimum grant eligible is 30.000 euro, while the maximum grant is 100.000 euro.

The overall budget for the co-financing of projects under Action 1 of of this call for proposals of the Europe for Citizens Programme amounts to:
Measure 1.1 Town twinning citizens’ meetings EUR 7 043 000
Measure 1.2 The thematic networking of twinned towns EUR 4 528 000 
Measure 2.1 Citizens’ projects EUR 1 308 000
Measure 2.2 Support measures EUR 1 207 000

The deadlines for submitting projects under Action 1 of this call for proposals in the framework of the Europe for Citizens Programme are: 
Measure 1.1 - 1 February, 1 June, 1 September
Measure 1.2 -  1 February, 1 September
Measure 2.1 - 1 June
Measure 2.2 - 1 June

Action 2: Active civil society in Europe
2.1) Action 2: Active civil society in Europe call for proposals M e a s u r e 1 — Structural support for European public policy research organisations (think tanks) — aims at supporting the work of European public policy research organisations (think tanks), which are able to provide new ideas and reflections on European issues, on active citizenship at European level or on European values.
2.2) Action 2: Active civil society in Europe call for proposals M e a s u r e 2 — Structural support for civil society organisations at EU level — will provide civil society organisations of European dimension with the capacity and stability to develop their activities at European level. The purpose is to contribute to the emergence of a structured, coherent and active civil society at European level.
The maximum grant is EUR 100 000. The grant may not exceed a maximum rate of 80 % of eligible costs of the action concerned.
2.3) Action 2: Active civil society in Europe call for proposals M e a s u r e 3 : Support for projects initiated by civil society organisations
The aim of this measure is to support concrete projects promoted by civil society organisations belonging to different participating countries. These projects should raise awareness on matters of European interest and contribute to foster mutual understanding on different cultures and to identify common values through cooperation at European level.
A project must involve at least two participating countries, of which at least one is an EU Member State. The maximum duration of projects is 18 months.
The maximum grant is EUR 150 000. The minimum grant eligible is EUR 10 000.

The overall budget for the co-financing of projects under Action 2 of this call for proposals of the Europe for Citizens Programme amounts to:  EUR 2 807 000

The deadlines for submitting projects under Action 2 of this call for proposals in the framework of the Europe for Citizens Programme are:
Measure 1 & 2 - 15 October
Measure 3 - 1 February

Action 4: Active European Remembrance
The aim of projects supported under this action is to keep alive the memory of the victims of Nazism and Stalinism and to improve the knowledge and understanding of present and future generations about what took place in the camps and other places of mass-civilian extermination, and why.
The maximum duration of project is 12 months.
The maximum grant is EUR 55 000. The minimum grant eligible is EUR 10 000.

The overall budget for the co-financing of projects under Action 4 of this call for proposals of the Europe for Citizens Programme amounts to:  EUR 1 781 000

The deadlines for submitting projects under Action 4 of this call for proposals in the framework of the Europe for Citizens Programme is 1 June

Further information on the Active Citizens for Europe call for proposals in the framework of Europe for Citizens programme can be found on European Commission official journal   and on the EACEA’s web site

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