The Council of Europe announces a call for proposals for grants to coordinate the regional intercultural networks of Famagusta, Limassol and Nicosia, in the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe joint project: “Enhancing structures and policies for intercultural integration in Cyprus”.
The purpose of the grant is the coordination of the Famagusta, Limassol and Nicosia networks and to implement activities from their regional intercultural action plan/strategy to help the integration of migrants into their local community in a range of areas including, but not limited to, participation, education, cultural and social life, employment and occupation.
The grants will fund projects designed to coordinate the regional intercultural networks of Famagusta, Limassol and Nicosia, and implement and monitor the impact of selected activities from their strategies/action plans.
Means of Action
- The Project proposal should include:
- Co-ordination and organisation of at least 2 meetings of the regional network (preparation of agenda, meeting reports, list of participants to be included in the final narrative report) to discuss, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the intercultural action plan/strategy, and other integration actions in the district;
- Completion of the Intercultural Cities Index review for their district, in consultation with the necessary stakeholders;
- Completion of a questionnaire to monitor regional integration activities in their region;
- Implementation of integration activities, to be selected from the region’s intercultural action plan/strategy:
- Famagusta District Action Plan on Social Integration and Inclusion for 2023-2025
- Limassol District Intercultural Strategy 2023-2025
- Nicosia District Intercultural Network action plan for social integration and inclusion
- Feedback survey of the network members and activity participants as implemented by the grant.
- The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is 60 000 euros (sixty thousand euros). The Council of Europe intends to award 3 grants (one per district) of a maximum amount of 20 000 euros (twenty thousand euros) each.
- Subject to availability of funds and extension of the Project initial duration, the Council of Europe reserves the right not to award all available funds, and/or to redistribute the available funds in a different manner depending on the project proposals received and on the outcome of the call for proposals.
- Projects shall be implemented by 31 October 2024.
- Reporting requirements shall be completed by 15 November 2024.
The funds for each grant should in principle be distributed as follows:
- 70% will be paid to the Grantee or the Lead Grantee in case of a consortium when the Grant Agreement between the Parties is signed;
- The balance will be paid to the Grantee or the Lead Grantee in case of a consortium based on actual expenditures incurred, and after the presentation and acceptance by the Council of Europe of the final narrative and financial reports for the Grant implementation.
- Projects/actions proposed by civil society organisations with experience in organising similar Projects;
- Projects/actions targeting the integration of migrants and asylum seekers;
- Projects/actions involving the community.
- local authorities and officials
- civil society organisations
- public organisations and agencies
- migrant groups and organisations
- professionals and private organisations
- be resident in the Republic of Cyprus;
- be entitled to carry out in Cyprus activities described in its project proposal;
- have been active for at least 2 years in the field of integration and/or human rights;
- have sufficient financial capacity (stable and sufficient sources of funding) to maintain its activity throughout the period for which the grant is awarded and to participate by way of its own resources (including human resources or in-kind contributions);
- have sufficient operational and professional capacity, including staff, to carry out activities described in its project proposal;
- have a bank account.
- Projects/actions providing financial support to third parties (re-granting schemes);
- Projects/actions concerning only or mainly individual scholarships for studies or training courses;
- Projects/actions supporting political parties.
Applicants shall be excluded from the grant award procedure where they or, in the case of legal persons, their owner(s) or executive officer(s):
- have been sentenced by final judgment on one or more of the following charges: participation in a criminal organisation, corruption, fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing, terrorist offences or offences linked to terrorist activities, child labour or trafficking in human beings;
- are in a situation of bankruptcy, liquidation, termination of activity, insolvency or arrangement with creditors or any like situation arising from a procedure of the same kind, or are subject to a procedure of the same kind;
- have received a judgement with res judicata force, finding an offence that affects their professional integrity or constitutes a serious professional misconduct;
- do not comply with their obligations as regards payment of social security contributions, taxes and dues, according to the statutory provisions of the country where they are established;
- are an entity created to circumvent tax, social or other legal obligations (empty shell company), have ever created or are in the process of creation of such an entity;
- have been involved in mismanagement of the Council of Europe funds or public funds.
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