Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) is the EU's funding programme for citizens' engagement and the implementation of EU rights and values.
This call aims to provide towns and municipalities the opportunity to develop sustainable networks and to outline their long-term vision for the future of European integration.
The objectives of this call for proposals are:
- To promote exchanges between citizens of different countries;
- To give citizens the opportunity to discover the cultural diversity of the European Union and to make them aware that European values and cultural heritage constitute the foundation for a common future;
- To guarantee peaceful relations between Europeans and to ensure their active participation at the local level;
- To reinforce mutual understanding and friendship between European citizens;
- To encourage cooperation between municipalities and the exchange of best practices;
- To support good local governance and reinforce the role of local and regional authorities in the European integration process.
The priorities of this call are:
- Promoting awareness and building knowledge of EU citizenship rights and associated European common values and common democratic standards, ensuring the provision of information to mobile EU citizens (ie. citizens using their right of free movement in the EU to move from one EU Member State to another), including those in a precarious situation and EU citizens with a migrant background, and their family members, and encouraging the inclusion and democratic and equal participation of mobile EU citizens and under-represented groups.
- Promoting awareness and building knowledge of the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty (1 November 2023) which introduced the concept of European Union citizenship and the adoption of electoral laws taking into account that EU citizenship;
- Promoting awareness, building knowledge and sharing best practice on the benefits of diversity, gender equality as well as effective measures on how to tackle discrimination and racism at local level;
- Bringing citizens together to discuss local actions on the climate and the environment, including energy-related issues, solidarity and sharing best practices, and thus helping to increase citizens’ engagement in society and ultimately their active involvement in the democratic life of the Union.
Activities to be funded
- training activities,
- expert meetings,
- awareness-raising activities,
- data gathering and consultation, development,
- exchanges and dissemination of good practices amongst public authorities and civil society organisations,
- development of communication tools and the use of social media.
The gender equality perspective should be taken into account when designing the ‘format’ of the activities, to ensure that it is accessible to women and men on equal terms, and both women and men are able to participate in the activities.
In order to be eligible for funding, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e. EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)) or non-EU countries: countries associated to the CERV Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature
- for the applicant and partners: be a public body or a non-profit organisation: towns/municipalities and/or other levels of local authorities or their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local authorities.
- the application must involve at least four applicants (lead applicant ‘coordinator’ and at least three co-applicants not being affiliated entity or associated partner) from at least four different eligible countries of which at least two are EU Member States.
- activities must take place in at least two different eligible programme countries.
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 4 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities or associated partners), which complies with the following conditions:
- entities are towns/municipalities and/or other levels of local authorities, their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local authorities; these must come from at least 4 different eligible countries of which at least 2 are EU Member States.
No limit. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.
The grant will be a lump sum grant. This means that it will reimburse a fixed amount, based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs. The amount will be fixed by the granting authority on the basis of the variable amounts it has prefixed and the estimates indicated by the beneficiaries in their project budget.
Projects should normally range between 12 and 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).