9.3. Find your call
How can I find information about available EU funding opportunities?
Check the HELPDESK website. You can also regularly check the official websites of the managing authorities for the ESF+, ERDF, and Interreg programs, as they typically publish calls for proposals. Additionally, subscribing to relevant newsletters and attending information sessions can provide valuable updates.
What is the ESF+, ERDF, and Interreg?
These are funding programs by the European Union. The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) aims to improve job prospects and ensure fair job opportunities. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports regional and urban development. Interreg promotes cooperation between regions in different countries.
How can I identify if my organisation's needs align with these funding programs?
Start by understanding the objectives of each fund. Then, compare these objectives with your organisation’s needs and goals. If there’s alignment, the fund could be a good match.
What types of projects are typically funded by ESF+?
ESF+ funds projects that boost employment, improve social inclusion, fight poverty, and invest in education and vocational training. If your project falls into these categories, it could qualify.
How important is partnership in EU-funded projects?
Partnerships are crucial in EU-funded projects, particularly for Interreg programs. Collaborating with organisations from different countries or sectors enhances the project’s impact and facilitates knowledge exchange. Ensure your partners bring complementary expertise and resources to strengthen your proposal.
What is the maximum duration of an EU-funded project?
The maximum duration of EU-funded projects can vary, depending on the specific programme and call for proposals. It can range from a few months to several years, with most projects falling within the 2-5 year timeframe.
Can we apply for EU funding if we have already started implementing the project?
Generally, EU funding programs require that project proposals are submitted before project implementation starts. However, there may be specific calls for proposals that allow ongoing projects to apply for additional funding for specific activities or project extensions.
Can we apply for EU funding if we have already received funding from other sources for the same project?
It is possible to combine EU funding with other sources to support your project, but specific rules may apply. Ensure you review the eligibility criteria and regulations of each funding source to avoid any conflicts or limitations.