Call for Proposals: EU Peacebuilding Initiative (EUPI) 2018-2019

Deadline: 18 February 2019

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for EU Peacebuilding Initiative (EUPI) in order to support and promote the conditions for a sustainable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through civil society and citizens’ positive engagement.

Objectives

Three specific objectives apply to this call for proposals:

  • Supporting innovative and results-oriented actions aimed at breaking through the current political impasse and/or reversing current negative trends, promoting tolerance, in order to contribute to ultimately reaching a two-state solution.
  • Supporting innovative and results-oriented actions that—through attitudinal change and the inclusion of key constituencies—promote the conditions necessary for a negotiated settlement of the conflict, which will ultimately lead to a two-state solution, and/or reverse negative trends by influencing the political sphere.
  • Supporting cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians, including in particular at the grass-roots level, in creating sectors of influence on policy arrangements in key areas of mutual interest, such as higher education, scientific and technological advancement, environment, agriculture, health, climate change, trade and business (including tourism) among others, with the aim of building mutual confidence and helping maintain the conditions for the viability of the two-state solution. For this specific objective, only cross-border projects implemented jointly by Israeli and Palestinian partners will be considered.

Priorities

Within the three specific objectives, above mentioned, particular focus should be given to the following priorities:

  • Empowering women and enhancing their role and meaningful participation in conflict prevention and conflict resolution as agents of positive change at all societal levels. This should be reflected in the entire project cycle;
  • Engaging youth in conflict resolution and involving them in building a culture of peace in both societies;
  • Expanding the peace camp and promoting tolerance by including mainstreamed and less engaged audiences in a substantial manner;
  • Involving marginalised and/or sceptical groups that are not necessarily committed to conflict resolution or to the values and policies that the EUPI supports;
  • Fostering local leadership and grass-roots initiatives able of producing multilevel and long-term relation-building impacts at the cross-border level.

Funding Information

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

  • minimum amount: EUR 300,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 750,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead applicant
    • 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 (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia), or a country that is the beneficiary of Pre-Accession Assistance (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey) or a Member State of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) (this obligation does not apply to international organisations)
      • ‘For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. Unless sector-specific eligibility rules provide otherwise, if the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, applicants will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible to participate) or will be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 12 “Termination of the Contract” of the grant agreement’.
      • 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.
    • The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s). Where the lead applicant is not established either in Israel or in Palestine, then partnership with a local organisation (Israeli or Palestinian co-applicant) is required.
  • Co-applicant(s)
    • When the Lead Applicant is not established in Israel or Palestine, partnership with a local organisation (co-applicant) established in Israel or Palestine is mandatory. Note: the inclusion of international organisations in actions should produce added value for the partnership, in areas such as knowledge transfer, mediation, innovation, facilitating cross border cooperation, helping local organisations strengthen relationships with their constituencies, etc.
    • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
    • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
    • If awarded the grant contract, the co-applicant(s) (if any) will become beneficiary(ies) in the action (together with the coordinator).
  • Affiliated entities
    • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
    • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
      • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
      • This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
        • Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
          • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
            • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
            • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
            • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
        • Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

How to Apply

In order to apply for the grants, applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2V0GNzR and download the guidelines.

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