03 October 2016

Support for European Cooperation Projects – New Deadline and Key Changes to the Guidelines.

The call for proposals for the Support for European Cooperation Projects strand was published on Monday 26th September 2016. Due to the delay in putting out the call and the guidelines this year the deadline has been moved to Wednesday 23rd November 11:00 Irish time (from the original deadline of 5th Oct).

There have been some changes to this round’s guidelines:

Objectives and priorities: Whilst there has been no material change to the priorities there is now explicit reference to supporting actions involving refugees and that foster inter-religious (as well as intercultural) dialogue. This would include projects that address the integration of refugees (and in particular newly arrived refugees), that provide opportunities for EU citizens and refugees to work together, that foster interfaith dialogue and that might help to counter discrimination.

Eligible countries: Turkey has withdrawn from Creative Europe as of 1st January 2017. Therefore Turkish organisations are no longer eligible to be official partners. If you have a Turkish partner involved in your proposal they can be an unofficial partner with ‘third country’ status. There is a cap of 30% of the overall budget for all of the consolidated third country costs. Israel is currently in negotiations with the EU on participating in Creative Europe and will be eligible as official partners if they finalise and sign the agreement on this.

Exclusion criteria: All project leaders (including where EU grant is less than €60,000) are required to submit a declaration of honour. See template here. The declaration of honour is much more detailed that previously so if you are reapplying with your proposal make sure that you complete and submit the new one.

Application process: The application process is all online now so there is no longer a requirement to post an application package. However, you still need to have a complete set of documents compiled and ready to submit if requested so have these ready by the deadline date.

E-form changes: There is very little change in the e-form. In addition to eligible countries listed in the drop down menus, all other countries of the world have been incorporated so that applicants can also show the third countries with which they will be working.