Month: February 2016

Upcoming Erasmus+ deadlines

There are two upcoming deadlines for activities managed by the UK National Agency:

For further details please visit Erasmus+ UK.

Foundation Scotland grants for organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers

Grants are available through the New Beginnings Fund for local frontline groups working to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into their local communities, through existing or new services.

Foundation Scotland seeks to support those organisations that offer guidance, counselling, community integration and welcoming activities to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and can demonstrate there has been an increase in the demand for their services.

The fund will not support activities which

  • promote party political activity
  • major capital costs
  • individuals sponsorship
  • activities generating private profit
  • statutory services


Completed applications should be returned by 29th March

How to Apply

If you are a single organisation seeking up to £10,000 then you can apply online. To access the application form or if you are seeking a multiple partner grant of up to £20,000 please follow this link.

Call for action grants to support national and transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration is now open – deadline 12 April 2016

The Commission wishes to fund activities which support at least one of the following groups at risk of discrimination: racial or ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, older/younger people, religious minorities and LGBTI people. The priority areas of this call for proposals are:

  1. Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation in order to improve social acceptance of LGBTI people.
  2. Diversity management in the public and private sector.
  3. Roma: activities aiming to raise awareness about and combat harmful stereotypes of Roma and supporting their integration.
  4. Multiple discrimination

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 150.000 to EUR 500.000. Maximum possible rate of EU co-financing is 80% of the eligible costs.


The initial duration of the projects should not exceed 24 months.


In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

·        be a legal person, and;

·        be non-profit-making,

·        be legally established in European Union member States, Iceland or Liechtenstein 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.

The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. 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.

The proposal must involve at least three partners and be national or transnational.


12 April 2016

How to Apply

Applicants first need to register and obtain a login and password to access the system.

Applications must be submitted, in their entirety, through PRIAMOS.

For more information, please visit European Commission.

Indicative calendar for LIFE 2016 call

This is the indicative plan for the 2016 LIFE call, which is anticipates to be launched on 19 May 2016.
Traditional projects will continue to have staggered submission deadlines per priority area.

Project type Sub-programme/priority objective Deadline Indicative Budget (EUR) Submission route
Traditional projects Climate (CCA, CCM & GIC) 07-Sep 239,000,000 eProposal
Environment (ENV – Environment and Resource Efficiency) 12-Sep
Environment (NAT – Nature and Biodiversity and GIE – Environmental Governance and Information) 15-Sep
Preparatory Projects Environment* 20-Sep 1,920,000 paper to DG ENV
Technical Assistance Projects Environment 20-Sep 800,000 paper to DG ENV
Technical Assistance Projects Climate 20-Sep 160,000 paper to EASME
Integrated Projects Environment 26-Sep 79,200,000 paper to DG ENV
Integrated Projects Climate 26-Sep 16,000,000 paper to EASME

* There will be no Preparatory project call under the Climate sub-programme for 2016

Pre-screening deadlines
In order to support you in the build up to the 2016 Call the agency has set a pre-screening deadline of 27 June 2016.  Please submit them to:

Scottish EDGE Round 8 now open

Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent. Scottish EDGE is made up of four categories:

  • Scottish EDGE, for companies of all sectors and stages;
  • Higgs EDGE, a special technology award aimed at entrepreneurs who have an engineering, science or technology based business and have a product, or product under development, which is scalable and capable of globalisation;
  • Young EDGE, for companies where all directors are under the age of 30; and
  • WildCard EDGE, for companies who are currently pre-trading.

Winners of the Scottish EDGE will benefit from:

  • Funding of up to £100,000 with Scottish EDGE or funding of up to £150,000 with Higgs EDGE
  • 50% of Scottish EDGE and Higgs EDGE funding is a pure prize, we then expect you to ‘pay it back’ by repaying the 50% loan back to EDGE to help your fellow entrepreneurs on their pathway to success
  • Up to £10,000 grant with Young EDGE
  • Up to £10,000 grant with Wild Card EDGE
  • Mentoring and support from a mature entrepreneur and access to a range of public sector assistance via our partners Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Enrolment into the EDGE Alumni programme where you will become part of the movement to further build entrepreneurial Scotland and gain access to alumni events and showcases including the Scottish Business Award celebration of success.
  • Packages of support from leading business organisations such as Harper Macleod, Johnston Carmichael and James Hallam plus have the chance to learn from and connect with experts from world renowned organisations such as Amazon Web Services at the Scottish EDGE Final
  • Signposting to alternate funding and funders where appropriate

The application form for Scottish EDGE Round 8 is available to download from 1st February 2016 and the closing date for entries is Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 2pm. For further details about the application process please go to the Scottish EDGE website.

Businesses can book a place at one of the Scottish EDGE application support workshops to learn about how to write successful applications: