EU Peacebuilding Initiative: Promoting the Settlement of Conflict via Enhanced Civil Society Engagement

Deadline: 23 March 2017

The European Union is currently accepting proposals from eligible organizations for a programme entitled “EU Peacebuilding Initiative” to promote conditions for a negotiated settlement of the conflict via an enhanced civil society engagement, and via cross-border cooperation in strategic areas aimed at increasing mutual understanding, confidence and trust and maintain the viability of the two-state solution.

The programme is divided into two lots:

  • LOT 1: Civil and political engagement in peacebuilding: 5.600.000
    • To support practical and innovative actions that will have an impact in the political sphere with the aim to break the current political impasse and/or reverse current negative trends.
    • To support practical and innovative actions that can promote conditions for a negotiated settlement of the conflict through attitudinal change and inclusion of key constituents.
  • LOT 2: Strategic cooperation: 3.800.000
    • To support cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians and to create sectors of influence on policy arrangements in key areas of mutual interest, such as trade and business (including tourism), higher education, scientific and technological advancement, health and climate change among others, with the aim of building mutual confidence and helping maintain the conditions for the viability of the two-state solution.
    • To strengthen the voice, capacity, advocacy and policy shaping efforts of Israeli and Palestinian peace oriented CSOs through the creation or consolidation of wider networks, platforms or fora, at cross border level.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the followingminimum and maximum amounts:

  • Lot 1:
    • minimum amount: EUR300.000
    • maximum amount: EUR500.000
  • Lot 2:
    • minimum amount: EUR 500.000
    • maximum amount: EUR 750.000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, public sector operator, local authority, international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 43 of the Rules of application of the EU Financial Regulation and
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or one of the ENI South Countries or a country that is beneficiary of Pre-Accession Assistance or a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA) . This obligation does not apply to international organisation; and
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
  • Potential applicantsmay not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants ifthey are in any of the situations
  • The lead applicant must declare that the lead applicant himself, the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies)are not in any of these situations.
  • The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s).
  • If awarded the grant contract, the lead applicant will become the beneficiary identified as the Coordinator. The Coordinator is the main interlocutor of the Contracting Authority. It represents and acts on behalf of any other co-beneficiary (if any) and coordinate the design and implementation of the action.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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