Key European & International Funding Deadlines
The EU funding programmes for 2014 to 2020 are now pretty much all under way. In some cases, old programmes have been combined and given new names and aims.
Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)
The Ambient Assisted Living programme is an initiative involving 22 countries which funds ICT measures to help with active and healthy ageing. Innovate UK based in Swindon is the UK contact point for this funding stream. The theme for 2017 will be “AAL Packages/Integrated Solutions. The call deadline will be in February 2017.
Asylum Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF)
The Asylum and Migration Fund focuses on people flows and the integrated management of migration. It supports actions addressing all aspects of migration, including asylum, legal migration, integration and the return of irregularly staying non-EU nationals. The Fund has a total budget of €3.137 billion for 2014 to 2020. Around 90% is allocated to Member States to deliver national programmes and activities.
The last deadline for Transnational projects was in February 2016. This required a partnership of at least three eligible organisations, from at least three EU Member States (Denmark is not participating in AMIF).
The Home Office is the national agency running this fund in the UK. For this type of call you do not need European partners. There are no calls open at the moment for the national programme but it is useful to look at the work programme.
The Connecting Classrooms funding stream is in the process of changing its strategy to one that looks more at Continuing Professional Development of teachers. Teachers sign up for free training courses and then share the training with local colleagues before applying for funding for a partnership grant to take their training into a partner school in various specific countries. The programme will run from 2015 to 2018 and will build the capacity of 45,000 teachers and 12,000 school leaders worldwide to support them to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, with a focus on:
- digital literacy
- critical thinking and problem solving
- creativity and imagination
- student leadership
- collaboration and communication
Funding for Connecting Classrooms professional partnerships is intended to be made available for schools that have completed the new range of Connecting Classrooms core skills professional development courses. The next Connecting Classrooms deadlines are 30 January and 13 March 2017.
Culture Sub Programme (Creative Europe)
Creative Europe is the EU programme which supports the Cultural and Creative Sectors. It incorporates the old Culture programme, Media and Media Mundus with the majority of the money being for MEDIA funding. Cooperation projects can now run for up to 4 years and will have regular annual deadlines. Other new rules include the need to have a PIC number (Participation Identification Code) so your organisations details are stored centrally and can be used for a number of programmes including Erasmus Plus without the need to supply supporting documentation.
The new Creative Europe desk for the UK is coordinated by the British Council and the British Film Institute. You can access this support at firstname.lastname@example.org. The big change from 2016 is Turkey is no longer in the programme.
Small Cooperation Projects - next deadline will be 4 October 2017
Grants of up to €200,000 with match funding being at 60% of total costs provided. This is a higher intervention rate than under the previous Culture programme
Large Cooperation Projects - next deadline will be 4 October 2017
Grants of up to €2 million with match funding of 50% provided. You can only be the lead partner of one large cooperation project at a time.
Literary Translations Projects - deadline closed 3 February 2016
This is for two-year projects. Grants of up to €100,000 with match funding of 50% provided
Literary Translation Framework Partnerships - next deadline 1 February 2017
Literary translation framework partnerships can be for 4 years.
European Networks - deadline closed
Grants of up to €250,000 with match funding of 80% of total costs provided. For this deadline the network can run for up to 4 years
European Platforms - next deadline 5 October 2016 (still postponed)
Grants of up to €500,000 with match funding of 80% of total costs provided. For this deadline the platform can run for up to 4 years
DAPHNE funding is for projects targeting victims or potential victims of violence who are children,young people, women and/or other groups at risk of violence in close relationships.
You need at least two other partners from other eligible countries. Activities you can engage in include:
- Training and cooperation of relevant professionals to better respond to these forms of violence, including the establishment of formal or informal procedures and support programmes to respond to cases.
- Development and practical implementation of educational material aimed at children and adults to help bring about attitudinal and behavioural changes. There is a budget of €3 million in total and projects are funded at 80% of costs with a project length of 18-30 months. The minimum amount of funding you can apply for is €75,000 meaning potentially, if not realistically, there could be up to 40 projects. The last deadline was 8 April 2016.
Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)
EaSI brings together three separate EU programmes, PROGRESS, EURES and Progress Microfinance. They form the three axes of the programme. They will support:
- The modernisation of employment and social policies through the PROGRESS axis (61% of the total budget)
- Job mobility through the EURES axis (18% of the total budget).
- Access to micro finance and social entrepreneurship with the Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis (21% of the budget)
In total the budget for 2014 -2020 is €919 million. EaSI works in a different way to other programmes by having a rolling set of deadlines related to the annual work programme and its many different activities and priorities.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange programme funds young entrepreneurs to gain experience working with experienced entrepreneurs in other EU member states. The exchanges can be for between 1 to 6 months, The young entrepreneurs get a monthly allowance towards travel and subsistence. The scheme is currently open and you can apply via the web site either as a young entrepreneur or as a host entrepreneur.
Erasmus Plus is the name for the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport programme which runs from 2014-2020. In the UK the responsibility for this programme has moved government department from Department of Education to BIS. Like in the previous Lifelong learning Programme it will be administered jointly by The British Council and Ecorys in the UK. The British Council are responsible for school, university and youth applications whilst Ecorys manage bids for adult education and vocational training. Sport and 'Jean Monnet activities' are administered centrally from Brussels.
Big changes include that there will not be money for preparatory visits and also no more Comenius Assistants and rather than individual programmes for each education sector, there is now just one programme for all education areas with three different "key actions".
Most of the money is for Education & Training which receives €1,536.5 million under the 2015 call compared with €171.7 million for Youth, €11.4 million for Jean Monnet and €16.8 million for Sport.
Key Action 1 - learning mobility of individuals
This is for individuals to take advantage of training, work shadowing etc in the field of education training and youth in other countries. Mobilities just mean you are expected to travel and stay for a period in another country and are costs related to travel, subsistence and any course fees etc
The next deadline for mobilities in this call in the field of education, training and youth will be:
Youth mobilities - 2 February 2017, 26 April 2017, 4 October 2017
Education & Training mobilities - 2 February 2017
Strategic EVS projects 26 April 2017
Key Action 2 - Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices
This would include activities such as:
- strategic partnerships in the field of youth - 2 February 2017, 26 April 2017, 4 October 2017
- strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth - 29 March 2017
- Knowledge alliances, (more for Universities) - 28 February 2017
- Sector Skills Alliances (Vocational education and training) - Unknown
- Capacity building in the field of Youth - 8 March 2017
Key Action 3 - support for policy reform
Meeting between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth 2 February 2017, 26 April 2017, 4 October 2017.
Jean Monnet activities (aimed at higher education institutions) - next deadline 23 February 2017
- Collaborative partnerships - 6 April 2017
- Small Collaborative Partnerships - 6 April 2017
- Not for profit European sport events for events 6 April 2017
European Regional Development Fund (European Structural and Investment Funds - ESIF)
ERDF along with ESF and EAFRD, are three of the EU structural funds allocated to the member states. For the 2014-2020 period the Government has decided to allocate a large proportion of these structural funds on a Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) basis, with the LEPs aiding decisions on the priority areas for investment for their area. For Brighton & Hove, this is Coast to Capital LEP. For our LEP area there is £24.4 million of ERDF allocated. The ERDF programme and direct ESF funding is currently on hold whilst HM Treasury consider the repercussions of the vote to leave the EU.
Under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), there have been four calls so far:
- Supporting the Creative, Digital and IT sector (around £500K).
- Helping SMEs to access the opportunities in ASEAN economies (around £1 million).
- Providing business support for SME development and growth (around £3.8 million).
- Supporting the Low Carbon, Environmental Goods and Services sector (wood fuel).(around £1.3 million)
- Supporting collaboration between higher education institutions and businesses within and across the five Coast to Capital priority sectors and the area’s specialised technology futures. £2.5m funding available (50% match funding required), with a minimum project size of £500k. The first stage deadline was 29 January 2016.
Two calls under the low carbon economy objective closed 10 June 2016
Call 1 LCEGS call: £750,000 - The specification seeks proposals for projects to develop the Low Carbon Environment Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector through support for innovation with Higher Education Institutions and commercialising innovation in low carbon with a focus on sub sectors where Coast to Capital has an existing strength and competitive advantage.The project will probably consist of two phases – firstly an analysis of the sector followed by concrete actions to support knowledge transfer and commercialisation of products and services in key areas.
Call 2: £1million available - The specification seeks proposals for the development of an energy efficiency and renewable energy programme targeting SMEs in the LEP area, as it is thought that many SMEs do little to reduce energy consumption as they feel the cost savings would be minimal for the effort involved.
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (European Structural and Investment Funds - ESIF)
The last call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) for projects in the Coast to Capital LEP area was to support investments in local co-operation and partnerships to improve the attractiveness of the tourism sector. It was a two stage process with the first deadline being 30 October 2015. Funding of between £35,00 - £80,000 was available with up to 13 projects funded. If you are a non-profit organisation you do not have to provide match funding, whilst commercial organisations have to provide 50% match funding. The theme is tourism in rural areas and outputs expected include creation of new destination plans, creation of a new destination organisation and creation of new partnerships. There is £3.8 million available in total. The next call is probably going to come out in Autumn 2016.
European Social Fund (European Structural and Investment Funds - ESIF)
European Social Fund (ESF) is the main EU fund to provide vocational training and help get people into work. For 2014 -2020, money will be allocated to priority areas decided by the Coast to Capital LEP. There is £23.2 million available although this figure fluctuates with the euro to sterling exchange rate
Under the 2014-2020 programme only the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is still providing a co-financing programme at a national level in England. Coast to Capital LEP have also chosen to 'opt-in' to offers of match funding from the Skills Funding Agency, DWP and Big Lottery (Building Better Opportunities) as well as having direct calls where applicants are expected to source their own 50% match funding.
Europe for Citizens
The Europe for Citizens programme looks to bring together people from local communities across Europe to share and exchange experiences, values, to learn from history and to build for the future while reflecting on European citizenship and democracy and shared values. It is aimed at public bodies and not for profit organisations. The new budget for 2014-2020 is €164 million.
Themes for project applications in 2016 include :
- Commemorating the 1951 Adoption of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
- Commemorating the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War
- Understanding and Debating Euroscepticism
- Combating stigmatisation of "immigrants"
- Debate on the future of Europe
Network of Towns - this measure aims to provide funding to municipalities and associations working together on a common theme and wishing to develop a network of towns to make their cooperation more sustainable. There are annual priority areas for projects. Funding is through lump sums and so there is no fixed match funding rate. The maximum European Commission contribution per project is €150,00. Projects can last up to 24 months. The next deadlines are in September 2016 and March 2017.
Town Twinning. To mobilise citizens at local and Union levels to debate issues from the European political agenda, to encourage democratic engagement and civic participation. The maximum European Commission contribution per project is €25,000.The next deadline is in March 2017.
European Remembrance. This strand supports activities that reflect on European cultural diversity and common values. It aims to finance projects looking at the causes of the development of totalitarian regimes and commemorating the victims of their crimes. Funding is provided through lump sums with a maximum of €100,000 per project.The next deadline is in March 2017.
Civic Society Projects - the next deadline is in March 2017.
Eurostars is a programme that supports SMEs involved in research to develop innovative products, processes and services by providing funding for joint projects. You need partners in at least one other Eurostars country. There are 26 countries eligible in the next round which includes the majority of the EU but also South Korea, Turkey and Israel. The next deadlines are 2 March 2017 and 14 September 2017
Internal Security Fund
This fund aims to combat cross border organised crime, human trafficking,financial crime, anti radicalisation, cyber crime and other serious crimes. The UK along with Denmark and Ireland have opted out of this fund.
Interreg Va Channel Programme
Interreg Va Channel Programme is for projects in partnership with organisations in Northern France bordering on the Channel. For the 2014-2020 programme Norfolk County Council is the Managing Authority. The application process is two stage and funding is up to 70% of project costs. The first call closed on 11 May 2015. 6 out of 44 got through to stage 2 to submit a full bid in 2016. The fourth call closed on 13 October 2016 with 11 applications received. The next stage one call opens on 6 April and closes 6 June 2017.
The priority areas of the programme are:
- low carbon economy
- attractiveness of territory
- balanced and inclusive development
From April 2017 the Channel Programme will introduce their Micro Projects initiative, for smaller scale projects that run for up to two years. See FCE (Channel) website for more details.
Interreg Va Two Seas Programme
Interreg Va Two Seas Programme is for projects in partnership with organisations in Nord-Pas de Calais (France) and parts of Belgium and the Netherlands.The details for the new Interreg Va Two Seas programme are currently being developed.and the programme was launched in November 2014 with a two step application process, firstly the submission of a concept note followed by a full application form as the second step.
The submission process is now fully electronic and must be done through the 2 Seas Electronic Exchange Platform (EEP). The first step of the fourth call for proposals will be open from 1 December until 1 March 2017. Step 2 will be open on 2 May 2017 until 13 September 2017. Projects will be informed of the decision in December 2017.
Interreg Vb (North West Europe programme)
Interreg Vb (North West Europe programme) enabled partners from neighbouring countries to work together to provide joint solutions to similar problems they face around sustainable development and competitiveness.Brighton & Hove is eligible to take part in the North West Europe programme area, which is the most densely populated area of Europe, and project ideas are expected to reflect problems that result from this. You need at least one other partner from another country in the North West Europe area.
The programme has three priority areas:
- Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
- Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
- Protecting the environment and promoting energy efficiency
Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
The programme will invest in enhancing the capacity of the north west Europe territory to generate innovation. It will try to reduce differences in innovation capacity between regions and contribute to the smart specialisation strategies of participating regions. For information the smart specialisation strategy for England is our region.
Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors
The programme will invest in the area’s climate change mitigation potential, reduction of GHG emissions, energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy sources.
Protecting the environment and promoting energy efficiency
The programme will invest in eco innovation and resource efficiency. The purpose is to reduce the environmental footprint of human activity on the environment.
A total of 73 applications were received in the third call for concept notes which closed in May 2016 and 50 for the November 2016 deadline. This can be divided up as 29 under Innovation, 13 under Low Carbon and 8 under Resource & Material Efficency. The next deadline for stage 1 bids will be 25 May 2017.
Interreg Europe is the new name for 2014-2020 for the Interreg IVc programme which is for regional co-operation across the whole of Europe. The 28 countries of the EU plus Norway and Switzerland are involved. The budget is €359 million. There are four priorities.
- Strengthening research, technological development and Innovation
- Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs
- Shift towards low carbon economy
- Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency
A total of 64 projects out of 261 were approved in the first round and 66 projects out of 211 proposals in the second round. The third and final call will open in April 2017 with a deadline at the end of June 2017. There will be an annual event in Malta in March to introduce the call.
JUSTICE programme - 2014-2020
The JUSTICE programme incorporates the old Civil Justice Programme, Criminal Justice Programme and Drugs Prevention and Information Programme. The UK and Denmark have both opted out of this programme.
LEADER is part of the structural fund called EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) which is coordinated by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and is separate but complimentary to the EAFRD funds delivered as part of Coast to Capital LEP structural funds allocation. The fund is to benefit rural communities but in particular small businesses. The areas of the new LEADER programme area, the Central Sussex LAG include parts of Stanmer Park within the Brighton & Hove boundary along with areas of the city north of the A27 in the South Downs National Park. There is £1.7 million available.
Grants of £2.5k to £50,000 at a maximum 40%-80% intervention rate (depending on the measure used); it is mainly for capital items.
Projects must meet one of six DEFRA priorities:
- support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
- boost rural tourism
- increase farm productivity
- increase forestry productivity
- provide rural services
- provide cultural and heritage activities
Further details can be found on the West Sussex County Council website. Outline applications can be submitted at any time while LEADER is open, which should be until mid to late 2019. Successful outlines are then invited to submit full applications which are judged at panels, the next being on
- 29 November 2016
These two funding streams allow schools to conduct visits to partner schools in France. Projects last up to 18 months with each partner receiving £5,000. For Lefevre, the age range is 11-19 years and visits have to include four days of actvities. Charles de Gaulle fundign is for 17-19 year olds and has 8 days of activities with a strong element of vocational training. The next deadline is 10 November 2016
LIFE is the EU's main funding stream for environmental projects. 78% of the funding are used for project grants in Member States, with about 50% of this being dedicated to projects under the 'Nature' and 'Biodiversity' strands. At least 15% of the total allocated to project grants will fund transnational projects. DEFRA has again assigned Beta Technology to provide information and guidance on UK bids to this funding stream.
There is €283 million available for project action grants under this call, €239 million under the Environment sub-programme and €44 million under Climate Change. There is 60% match funding provided. The main funding opportunities are through 'traditional projects.' These can be best practice, demonstration, pilot or 'information, awareness and dissemination' projects.
Traditional projects cover the following priority areas:
- LIFE Nature & Biodiversity
- LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency
- LIFE Environmental Governance & Information
- LIFE Climate Change Mitigation
- LIFE Climate Change Adaptation
- LIFE Climate Governance & Information
The next deadline for 'traditional projects' are expected in Spring 2017:
- Climate Change Action (Mitigation, Adaptation and Climate Governance & Information):
- Environment & Resource Efficiency:
- Nature & Biodiversity:
- Environmental Governance & Information:
Media Programme (Creative Europe)
Media Programme is the EU programme for audiovisual projects and now part of the Creative Europe programme for 2014-2020. One major change in the new programme is the move to a paperless application and reporting process. To apply for a grant you will first have to register your company or organisation through the Participant Portal and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC).
Funding opportunities come under five different headings:
- Producer support
- Distribution support
- Training and networks
- Other initiatives
- Development single project: This scheme is aimed at independent European production companies who have produced at least one previous eligible project and are looking to develop a project with international potential for cinema,television or digital platforms. Next deadlines: 20 April 2017.
- Development - slate funding: This scheme is aimed at companies that have produced at least two previous eligible projects and want to develop a slate (3-5) of projects with international potential. The next deadline is 2 February 2017.
- TV programming: This scheme aims to help European independent production companies produce a television programme with at least three European broadcasters attached. Next deadline 30 May 2017.
- Development - video games: This scheme is aimed at companies that have produced at least one previous video game which has been distributed recently, and that now wish to invest in the development of a new game concept. Next deadline is 2 March 2017.
- Selective distribution: This scheme is to encourage groups of distributors to release non-national European films that might not be economic otherwise. Deadline 14 June 2017.
- Automatic distribution: This annual scheme allows distributors to generate a subsidy based on paying customers to see recent European films (not UK films). The scheme is designed in two stages: Generation deadline 29 April 2016 and Reinvestment deadline 1 August 2016 to 1 August 2017.
- Sales agents: This is a subsidy for Sales Agents selling non-National European films. Deadline has passed.
- Online distribution: This scheme aims to support VOD services, 'online ready' digital packages and innovative multi-platform releases for European films. Deadline 6 April 2017.
- Training: This scheme aims to help training providers to deliver continuous vocational training activities for film and television industry professionals in the areas of new technologies, economic, financial and commercial management and project development. Deadline closed on 23 May 2014.
- Access to markets: This scheme supports organisations that propose annual events and activities designed to facilitate access to markets for European professionals and promote their audiovisual works. Deadline closed on 28 January 2016.
- International co-production funds: This is a new scheme for the programme to support organisations that help European and International co-production partners to meet and/or provide them with access to international co-production funds. Deadline closed on 25 February 2016
- Film festivals: To support film festivals that include at least 70% European films (or 100 feature films) from at least 15 countries in their programme. At least 50% of the films have to be from outside the UK. Deadline 27 April 2017.
- Cinema networks: This scheme supports networks of cinemas that aim to boost the programming of European films. Deadline closed on 27 June 2014.
- Audience development: This is a new scheme that supports audience development as a means of stimulating interest in and improving access to European audiovisual works in particular through promotion, events, film literacy and festivals. The scheme is split into two separate strands; Film literacy and Audience Development. Deadline closed on 3 March 2016.
Rights, Equalities & Citizenship Programme (REC) 2014 -2020
The Rights, Equalities & Citizenship programme has a budget of around €389 million and brings together Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Daphne III and "Anti discrimination and Diversity" and "Gender Equality" of the Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS). There are no alerts so you need to keep checking the web site for planned calls. The general feature of calls under this programme is the following.
- 2 year projects
- 80% co-financing
- Pre-financing (funds up front) of 80% final 20% on production of effective delivery and reporting
- Work programme is set at beginning of year – have been delayed on delivering this
- 2 months between publication date and call deadline
- High rate of success for projects
- Needs to have ACTIVITIES – pure research will not be funded as previous programmes have.
The last call was for DAPHNE projects with a deadline of 1 June 2016 - Action grants to support national or transnational projects on multi-agency and multi-disciplinary cooperation to respond to violence against women and/or children, and on tackling underreporting - JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/MULT and Action grants to support transnational projects to promote good practices on gender roles and to overcome gender stereotypes in education, training and in the workplace - JUST/2015/RGEN/AG/ROLE with a deadline of 27 May 2016.
URBACT supplies funding for networks of cities to work together on common issues and work with local partners on devising and implementing action plans to combat the problem. There are three strands
Action Planning - best practice networks. This is for working with partner cities on designing action plans for your individual city. Deadline for calls closed on 16 June 2015. Applications submitted will be assessed and successful ones informed in September 2015, and given funding for six months to work up their work plan and bring in more partners. There were 99 applications to the first round for which 20 are expected to be approved. 27% of these were looking at social inclusion and 25% were around environmental issues of cities. Italy is one of the main countries to be involved in the programme, providing the lead partner in 21 of the bids. The next call for Action Planning Networks is expected in 2018.
- Implementation network - call closed 22 June 2016 - 7 networks were approved.
- Transfer networks - this is around sharing best practice from one organisation to its project partners - call expected 2017.
Urban Innovative Actions
This new programme, Urban Innovative Actions, is based on the EU Urban Agenda and is for cities with over 50,000 population and the maximum project size is expected to be €5 million. Funding is at 80% match funding. There will be one call per year and the first deadline has four topic areas.
- Energy Transition,Urban Poverty (with a focus on deprived urban neighbourhoods), Investment in the Integration of Migrants and Refugees,Jobs & Skills in the local economy
The call was massively oversubscribed with 18 projects out of 378 selected.
The second call for proposals will launch in November 2016. The European Commission has selected the three topics that will be included in the call: sustainable urban mobility, the circular economy and the integration of migrants and refugees. More details are on the web site.