European Commission: Care for Migrant Minors, including Unaccompanied Minors Grant Programme

Deadline: 31 January 2019

European Commission is seeking applications for its grant programme entitled “Care for migrant minors, including unaccompanied minors” for children who are temporarily deprived of their family environment, including migrant children, are entitled to special protection and assistance.

The specific objective is to finance projects focusing on the exchange of good practices and/or provision of the necessary training so as to support the implementation/expansion/improvement of alternative care systems (such as family-based care, or foster care, or supervised independent housing arrangements) or of effective alternatives to detention. (Projects with an exclusively national/regional/local focus should seek AMIF funding via the National Programmes, taking account of projects already co-funded in this area.

Actions

  • Exchange of good practices and/or training and/or logistic support for the implementation/ expansion/ improvement of alternative care systems for migrant children, such as foster care, family-based care and/or supervised independent living where appropriate.
  • Exchange of good practices and/or training and/or logistic support for the implementation/ expansion/ improvement of effective alternatives to detention, such as regular reporting to the authorities (by the appointed representative/family-based care/foster carers), the deposit of a financial guarantee, or an obligation to stay at an assigned place.

Funding Information

  • The grant amount requested must be between EUR 250.000 and EUR 600 000.

Expected Outcomes

  • Creation/consolidation/expansion and improvement of foster/family-based/independent living alternative care systems that are better adapted to the needs of children and more apt to promote their sound development. Increased/improved use of family-based care/foster care/supervised independent housing for unaccompanied children.
  • Creation/consolidation/expansion and improvement of effective and viable alternatives to the detention of migrant children, especially when detention is aimed to prevent absconding.
  • Training and preparation of staff/foster carers/family-based carers for performing all tasks related to promoting the well-being of the children (suitable accommodation, access to basic services and support, pro-integration activities). Preparing the carers for being able to identify and cater for the individual needs of each child and to table a tailored response to meet them.
  • Exchange of good practices and ‘know how’ across the Member States, as well as dissemination of the knowledge already accumulated on family-based alternative care systems and alternatives to detention across the national borders and at regional and local levels.
  • Improved access to of alternative care systems and to effective alternatives to detention for the migrant children, measurable through indicators such as:
    • Number of migrant children who will benefit from the projects (Possibly dis-aggregated by age groups 0-14 and 15-17), and duration (for how long).
    • Number of training days that carers benefit from.
    • Number of places in alternative care (foster care, family-based care, (semi)-independent living etc.) covered (specifying if new places were created) by the project.
    • Number of places in alternatives to detention (specifying if new places were created) covered by the project.
    • Description of the services provided to unaccompanied minors (e.g. access to mental health, health and education/vocational training/labour market support) that were improved as a result of the project.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants and co-applicants must be:

  • Legal persons (applications from natural persons are not eligible).
  • Established in a Member State participating in AMIF (this does not apply to international organisations).
  • Public bodies (including local authorities, public employment services, youth services and education institutions) or entities working on a non-profit basis.
  • International organisations may be established outside of the Member States of the European Union participating in AMIF.
  • All EU Member States, with the exception of Denmark, are participating in AMIF. Legal entities established in Denmark cannot participate in this call.
  • International Organisations can participate as a Lead applicants /coordinators or as a co-applicants.
  • For-profit organisations cannot participate as a Lead applicants /coordinators or as a co-applicants but can only submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.
  • Union agencies can be neither Applicants nor Co-applicants.
  • For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. 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, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Fo further information, please visit European Commission.

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