Deadline: 1 August 2017
The Financial Mechanism Office (“the FMO”) has announced a call for concept notes for grants for transnational projects under the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment (“the Fund”). The Fund operates on the basis of calls designed and launched by the Donor States Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein with support from their secretariat the FMO. Its supports projects that promote sustainable and quality youth employment.
EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment specifically aim to support transnational project initiatives that promote sustainable and quality youth employment. The focus on transnational cooperation reflects the view that unemployment among youth is a common European challenge and common European solutions should therefore be explored.
The available budget under this call is EUR 60.61 million.
- Projects shall involve entities from at least two countries, including at least one Beneficiary State13.
- Each project must include one lead partner and at least one beneficiary partner.
- Eligible lead partner: any eligible entity established in a Beneficiary State;
- Eligible beneficiary partner: any eligible entity established in a Beneficiary State, Ireland, Italy or Spain;
- Expertise partners can be any eligible entity established in a Donor State, in a non-eligible EU Member State or international organisations.
- Only entities established in one of the 15 Beneficiary States can apply for funding and perform the tasks of lead partner in the project consortia. Entities established in one of the 15 Beneficiary States or in Ireland, Italy or Spain can join the consortia as beneficiary partners.
- There is no limit on the maximum number of beneficiary partners. The establishment of project consortia with more members than the minimum is considered favourable. However, the size of the partnership must be duly justified in order to reflect the specific scope of the project as well as to remain manageable.
- Eligible project partners may be entities, public or private, commercial or non-commercial and nongovernmental organisations, established as legal persons, including but not limited to:
- Municipalities, organisations owned or partly owned by municipalities, associations of municipalities;
- Regions, organisations owned or partly owned by regions; associations of regions;
- Organisational units of central government, organisations partly funded by central government units, state enterprises, state organisations;
- Public and private education and research institutions;
- Civil society organisations, non-profit organisations, social enterprises, interest associations of legal persons, foundations and endowment funds;
- Commercial companies;
- Cooperatives (manufacturing, housing, consumer);
- Business support organisations (incubators, start-up centres, etc.); and
- Social partners (trade unions, sector associations, employer associations, chambers of commerce and industry).
- Sole proprietorships and natural persons are not eligible consortium members. Consortium members must be directly responsible for the implementation of the project for which they are seeking a grant, and must not act merely as an intermediary of project activities.
How to Apply
- Applicants are invited to submit a project concept notes briefly describing the project idea, project activities and outputs, the members of the project consortium and a tentative budget.
- The concept notes shall be submitted electronically via given website.
Eligible Countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain.
For more information, please visit Call for Concept Notes.