CERV - Network of Towns

Deadline :
March 24, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€6,500,000
Partners required:
Municipalities from at least 5 eligible countries of which at least 3 are EU Member States.

Funding Programme

Citizenship, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) is the EU's funding programme for citizens' engagement and the implementation of EU rights and values. Read more about CERV here.

Call overview

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.  

Call detail

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; digital platform. Conference events, physical gatherings or in digital settings, can be organised at different levels, including the transnational and European level. Citizens’ participation in these events should aim at mirroring Europe’s diversity. Twinned municipalities are encouraged to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe.  
  • 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:

  • Strengthening the European and democratic dimension of the EU decision-making process
  • Supporting free and fair elections in Europe
  • Fostering a sense of belonging to Europe by promoting the debate on the future of Europe
  • Reflecting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local communities.

Activities to be funded under this topic:

  • Workshops,  
  • seminars,  
  • conferences,  
  • training activities,  
  • expert meetings,  
  • webinars,  
  • 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.

Eligibility

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 project must involve municipalities from at least five eligible countries of which at least three are EU Member States
  • activities must take place in at least two different eligible programme countries.  

Consortium Composition

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 5 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:  

  • entities are municipalities from at least 5 eligible countries of which at least 3 are EU Member States.

Budget

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.  

Project duration

Projects should normally range between 12 and 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

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Deadline :
March 24, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€6,500,000
Partners required:
Municipalities from at least 5 eligible countries of which at least 3 are EU Member States.