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Call for Proposals for flagship projects in the framework of the European Year of Volunteering 2011
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2010. november 12.
Feltöltve:  2010. október 1., 10:21:19
Szakmai terület:  EU-integráció segítése (15); Egyéb (86); Civilszféra (37)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  []

By Council Decision of 27 November 2009 (2010/37/EC), Year 2011 has been designated as the European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship. The overall purpose of the European Year of Volunteering is to encourage and support the efforts of the EU, the Member States, local and regional authorities, to create the conditions conducive to volunteering in the European Union and to increase the visibility of voluntary activities in the EU.

This call for proposals is based upon the above Decision of the Council establishing the legal basis for the European Year of Voluntary Activities Promoting Active Citizenship 2011 and particularly article 3 point d) of this Decision.

The purpose of this call is to select projects which will receive a grant from the European Commission, in order to test and develop new and innovative schemes and approaches with a view to build long-term partnerships between civil society organizations operating in the area of Volunteering.

This call for proposals is intended to contribute to the following general objectives of the 2011 European Year which are to:

• Work towards an enabling environment for volunteering in the EU - To anchor volunteering as part of promoting civic participation and people-to-people activities in an EU context and address existing obstacles to voluntary activities, where appropriate and necessary.
• Empower organisers of voluntary activities to improve the quality of voluntary activities - To facilitate voluntary activities and help organisers to implement new types of voluntary activities and to encourage networking, mobility, cooperation and synergies within civil society and between civil society and other sectors in an EU context.
• Recognise voluntary activities - To encourage appropriate incentives for individuals, companies and volunteer-development organizations and gain recognition for volunteering at EU level and in the Member States by policy makers, civil society organizations, public institutions, the formal and non-formal education sector and employers for skills and competences developed through volunteering.
• Raise awareness of the value and importance of volunteering - To raise general awareness of the importance of volunteering as an expression of civic participation which
contributes to issues which are of common concern of all Member States, such as a harmonious societal development and social cohesion.

Specific objectives

This call for proposals will aim to support one or two projects (see details in Section 4 below) per Member State promoting networking in the field of volunteering. More specifically, projects funded under this call for proposals should aim to test and develop new and innovative schemes and approaches which will have long lasting effects.

Such innovative elements may refer to:

• the content of the proposed activities; and/or,
• the methods used in view to run the activities.

Priority themes

• Improvement of the quality of volunteering, in order to facilitate volunteering activities and to develop further the capacities of structures or organizations based on volunteering activities
• Creation of an enabling environment for volunteering in the EU and addressing existing obstacles to voluntary activities
• Employer-supported volunteering
• Mobility schemes in volunteering for people of all ages, with specific emphasis on young people
• Volunteering as a way to fight against social exclusion as a follow-up to the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010
• Fostering senior volunteering and strengthening intergenerational dialogue and cooperation



Applicants may be public sector organizations and civil society non-governmental organizations with a legal personality, developing their activities in the field of voluntary work at local, regional, national or European level.

Natural persons may not claim a grant under this call for proposals.

Projects under this call for proposals should be clearly visible and distinct from the general activities organised by the National Coordination Bodies (NCB).

There may be cases where an NCB is an NGO. Such bodies may apply for a grant under this call for proposals.

Nonetheless, in such cases, these organizations will not be allowed to participate in the evaluation procedure as mentioned under point 10 of this call for proposals.


In order to be eligible, the project must involve a partnership of at least four partners (four eligible applicants) established and having their activities in one or more Member States, including a project leader, with at least one organization from each of the following categories:
(1) public sector organizations
(2) non-governmental civil society organizations

The applicant designated as project leader must be a civil society non-governmental organization with a legal personality developing its activities at local, regional, national or European level in the field of voluntary work.

Eligible countries

Eligible countries are the 27 Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom.


The activities must contribute to the development and implementation of the general and specific objectives, and one or more of the themes, identified for this call for proposals.

The activities supported would be:

- exchange of experience and good practices at local, regional, national or European level;
- undertaking of studies and research as well as dissemination of their results;
- conferences and seminars to promote debate and raise awareness of the issues and develop networking;
- development of approaches to reach out new non organised volunteers;
- creation and production of innovative audiovisual and multimedia tools and products.

Activities must start between 15 January 2011 and 31 March 2011.

The maximum duration of projects is 12 months.

The following activities shall not be eligible:

− profit-making activities of whatever type (publications resulting from activities under this call may be offered for sale, following the Commission’s agreement on a case by case basis);
− activities performed as part of formal educational programmes;
− statutory meetings of applicant organizations.

The maximum budget allocated to the co-financing of projects funds

The maximum budget allocated to the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is EUR 2.000.000.

The Commission will limit its co-financing at 60% of a project’s total eligible expenses.

The Commission intends to co-finance a maximum of 54 projects, thus two projects for each Member State, in order to cover the entire European Union. However, depending on the number and quality of projects submitted, the Commission reserves the right not to guarantee full coverage of the European Union Member States or to co-finance a higher number of projects in some Member States. The Commission also reserves the possibility of not allocating all the funds available on the basis of the quality of applications.

The budget available for any particular Member State has been established on the basis of the population of the Member State concerned. Three levels have been set – one for the 7 biggest Member States, one for the 18 medium sized Member States and one for the two smallest Member States.

This will result in the following indicative breakdown:

• Between EUR 108,000 and EUR 120,000 for the following Member States:
France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom;
• Between EUR 48,000 and EUR 60,000 for the following Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece,
Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden;
• Between EUR 24,000 and EUR 30,000 for the two following Member States: Luxembourg and Malta.

The Member State of the project leader, as specified in the legal identity documents, will be used to determine which Member State's budget will be used to award grants under this call.


Applications must be sent to the Commission no later than 12 November 2010. Please read carefully Section 15.3 of this call for proposals concerning submission of grant applications.

Projects must start between 15 January 2011 and 31 March 2011. They will have a maximum duration of 12 months. Applications will not be accepted if the project is scheduled to run for a longer period than one year.

Costs incurred before the starting date of the project specified in the grant agreement will not be eligible.

Project leaders will be notified of the outcome of the selection procedure in the second half of January 2011.

It is intended that beneficiaries should receive the grant agreements for signature in February 2011.


Only applications that comply with the following criteria will be considered eligible and will be the subject of evaluation.

Only proposals submitted using the official application form (see Annex I), completed in full, signed (original signatures required) and received by the deadline specified under point 5 of this call for proposals will be considered.

The application form must be accompanied by the documents attesting the financial and operational capacity of the applicants, and all the other documents referred to in the checklist annexed to the current call for proposals (see Annex II).

Applications must include a budget balanced in terms of expenditure and income.

Each applicant is allowed to participate in only one project. Applicants must provide evidence of the partnership established to ensure the smooth running of the
project by submitting the preliminary partnership agreements (see Part VI of Annex I) duly completed and signed (original signatures required).

Only applications submitted by the organizations fulfilling the requirements mentioned under Section 2 are eligible.

Applicants of a project should have a legal status and be legally established for one year prior to the date of submission of the application in one of the Member States.

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