The European Commission is seeking proposals that will strengthen the capacity of South African CSOs and networks offering young people opportunities to actively participate in governance, social development, sustainable and inclusive growth.
- Strengthening the enabling environment for youth organizations and youth development in South Africa
- Increasing Youth participation in governance, accountability and public policy processes cycles
- Promoting young people’s participation and contribution towards a more inclusive and sustainable growth
- Enhance efforts to promote a conducive environment for CSOs in partner countries.
- Promote meaningful and structured participation in programming and policy processes to build stronger governance and accountability at all levels.
- Increase local CSOs’ capacity to perform their roles as independent development actors more effectively.
Size of grant
Lot 1: Geographical location: Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern-Cape, North-West provinces: Maximum EUR 1.000.000 This lot will give priority to Actions which involve and benefit local communities from the following provinces: Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern-Cape, North-West, and for which most of the operational activities take place in one or more of these provinces.
Lot 2: Geographical location: Actions at national level and in the following provinces: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape: Maximum EUR 2.000.000. This lot will give priority to Actions which involve and benefit local communities from the following provinces: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape, and for which most of the operational activities take place in one or more of these provinces.
Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 300 000 to EUR 700.000. For grants above € 600,000, at least 10% of the grant will represent financial support to third parties.
The maximum possible rate of EU co-financing for each grant to be funded is as follows:
- The lead applicant is established in South Africa: maximum of 90% of the total eligible costs;
- The lead applicant is established in the EU and other eligible countries: maximum of 75% of the total eligible costs.
Actions must take place in South Africa.
The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 36 months.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
- be a legal person and
- be non-profit-making and
- be specific types of organisations such as: non-governmental organisations, organisations representing indigenous peoples, community – based organisations, advocacy organisations, organisations representing national and/or ethnic minorities, diaspora organisations, migrants’ organisations in partner countries, local traders’ associations and citizens’ groups, cooperatives, employers’ associations and trade unions (social partners), organisations representing economic and social interests, organisations fighting corruption and fraud and promoting good governance, civil rights organisations and organisations combating discrimination, local organisations (including networks) involved in decentralised regional cooperation and integration, consumer organisations, women’s and youth organisations environmental, teaching, cultural, research and scientific organisations, universities, education institutions, churches and religious associations and communities, the media and any non-governmental associations and independent foundations, including independent political foundations. International Organisation14, public sector operator and local authority cannot be the applicant but can be co-applicant, and
- be established in South Africa or in a Member State of the European Union or other eligible countries as per the relevant provisions of the DCI regulation. This obligation does not apply to international organisations and
- 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 and
- be able to demonstrate to have regularly carried out activities in the field covered by this Call for Proposal.
The applicant must act with co-applicant(s).
Co-applicants are mandatory as follows:
- If the lead applicant is a CSO established in a member state of the European Union and other eligible countries ( except South Africa) , a minimum of two South African co-applicants are required (i.e. the applicant and two South African co-applicants).
- If the lead applicant is a CSO established in South Africa, a minimum of one South African co-applicant is required (i.e. the applicant and one South African co-applicant).
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.
The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 23 February 2016 at 15:00 (Brussels date and time).
How to Apply
The application process consists of two phases:
- Concept Notes
- Full Application
In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.
For more information, please visit European Commission and download the guidelines.