The European Commission (EC) is seeking proposals to implement the second Pilot Project “A European public sphere: a new online media offer for young Europeans”.
- Content selection: Applicants must show a clear understanding of the interests of youngsters in all of the envisaged languages, which can be proven by past experience, desk research and/or polls. Applicants should indicate the already available information sources that serve these interests and explain how the proposed project adds value to them. Each proposal should try to formulate its unique value proposition for the envisaged target groups.
- Content creation: Applicants should propose an innovative cross-border editorial process, describing the editorial workflows for the local reporters as well as the editorial oversight. Editorial independence will be guaranteed by a charter of independence that will be part of the agreement between the European Commission and the awarded applicants. Applicants should propose a professional and multicultural editorial team, and demonstrate how the central editorial workflow takes into account the diversity of society, and how it involves diverse young content creators.
- Content distribution: The produced formats need to appeal to youngsters in their local realities, and therefore applicants should describe how the central editorial coordination feeds into various channels and/or language versions of their own channels, partner websites, blogs and/or social media networks. Proposals should explain how each piece of content will be adapted/tailored to the different distribution platforms and target groups.
- Moderating discussions: As this pilot aims to inform, empower and engage young Europeans, applicants are invited to consider various ways to facilitate interaction. Online talk shows and discussions may be part of the engagement strategy, in which case the approach to moderation will need to be explained. Events may be part of the project if they aim at generating discussion, cost-efficiently. In that case the proposal should include an indicative planning of events and target groups. Local partners should be considered to contribute to reporting, involve local communities, moderate discussions and/or organise events.
- The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 2 million.
- The EU co-financing is limited to a maximum co-funding rate of 70% of the total eligible costs. Applicants may propose a lower co-funding rate.
- The Commission expects to fund 2 proposals. The maximum grant is set at EUR 1.200.000.
- Suggested start date: March 2022.
- The suggested duration is 12 months and should not exceed 15 months.
- The call is open to a consortium of at least five different entities, each of which may have affiliated entities.
- For the purpose of this grant, affiliated entities are legal entities having a legal or capital link with applicants, which is neither limited to the action nor established for the sole purpose of its implementation. These affiliated entities may declare eligible costs. For that purpose, applicants shall identify such affiliated entities in the application form.
- Only affiliated entities established in the EU Member States are eligible to receive EU funding. The other affiliated entities may take part in the action as affiliated entities at their own costs only.
- The consortium may include:
- Media organisations;
- Non profit organisations (including youth organisations) (private or public).
- Natural persons are not eligible except if:
- self-employed persons or equivalent (i.e. sole traders) where the company does not possess legal personality separate from that of the natural person.
- they are part of a consortium. However, projects cannot be coordinated by a natural person.
- Only applications from legal entities established in the EU Member States are eligible.
- The consortium must be composed of at least five different media organisations from at least five EU Member States. The consortium should propose a professional editorial team with members from at least five EU Member States.
For more information, visit https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/funding/pilot-project-european-public-sphere-new-online-media-offer-young-europeans-0