The European Parliament is the legislative branch of the European Union and its communications grants programme provides funding to advance its institutional communication strategy.
This call aims to support the production of daily, thought-provoking and trustworthy content on current affairs from across Europe for and by young Europeans.
Following similar calls for proposals in 2020, 2021 and 2022, this Call for Proposals implements the European Parliament Preparatory Action "A European public sphere: a new online media offer for young Europeans". With a total budget of €9 million, it provides an opportunity for news media organisations and non-profit (youth) organisations to launch ambitious, cross-border projects.
The call seeks to bring the EU closer to young people, encourage them to become active citizens and connect them across borders. The objective of this action is to increase the availability of online information, in different languages, around European topics that affect young people across the EU, presented in engaging formats and through multiple viewpoints. Projects should seek to generate engaging discussions and organise youth events. The grant agreements will include a charter of independence to make sure that grantees are editorially-free and operate without any political interference.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
Proposals may be submitted by any of the following applicants or combinations of:
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 5 applicants (beneficiaries; affiliated entities and other participants are allowed, if needed, but affiliated entities do not count for the minimum number of applicants), whichcomplies with the following conditions:
Associated partners, if any, are considered third parties. They are not applicants, not part of the consortium and hence do not count for the minimum number of applicants
Projects should start in summer 2024, with an indicative duration of 14 months.
The Commission expects to up to 4 proposals, with a maximum grant set at €3.2 million. The maximum rate of co-financing is 80% of eligible costs, yet applicants may propose a lower co-funding rate.