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 encourage and to facilitate the active engagement of a wide network of European citizens around the European Elections 2024.
This action consists of communication actions or a series of communication actions, offline and/or online, informing citizens about the European elections 2024 and supporting democratic engagement among citizens. In case of activities including events the applicant can be either the main organiser, a co-organiser, or can participate in an existing programme/event/festival dedicated to informing event participants about the European elections 2024 and supporting democratic engagement among citizens.
Preference is given to already existing events/festivals/programme in which the applicant is a participant. When a beneficiary joins an existing event, special care should be taken that the event must be politically neutral, in line with the priorities and values of the European Parliament and be compliant with the conditions of participation stated in the EP Model Grant Agreement, including the principle of no double-funding (see Article II.19.4.h). Special attention should be paid to reaching out to minority communities, citizens and influencers who are less likely to already be involved in EU action in some way.
Resources should be focussed on promoting the European elections 2024 and not on the organisation of large-scale events where the bulk of the funding would be allocated to logistics and travel instead of on communication of the cause. The project proposals should place an emphasis on the desired outcome and citizens’ engagement instead of spending on logistics. Systems to collect the feedback of activity participants should be put in place.
Examples of actions include:
- promotion of the European elections 2024 andtogether.eu at existing online/offline events or series of events aimed at providing citizens with an opportunity to discuss topics directly linked to the European elections 2024,
- online/offline large-scale event or series of events where the beneficiary is participating in the event or series of events as, holder of a stand or provider of (part of) an activity included in the event programme dedicated to informing event participants about the European elections 2024 and together.eu
- structured activities such as information stands, door-to-door canvassing, marches, rallies, leafleting, street activities, games, flash mobs, etc., aimed at increasing the visibility of the European elections campaign and mobilising citizens for the European elections and together.eu;
- series of online/offline information sessions, presentations, workshops, organised by the beneficiary in schools, universities, within organisations, etc. and aimed at mobilising participants for the European elections 2024 and together.eu,
- online discussion groups, for a and other social media activities offering members and/or followers the possibility to discuss and exchange views on topics related to the European elections 2024;
- dedicated video channels, websites, apps, webtools and social media accounts producing original content directly related to the European elections campaign and engaging the viewers/followers/members in a discussion about the topic, encouraging them to share the content and/or mobilising them for the European elections 2024 and together.eu;
- actions involving engaging with influencers, VIPs and celebrities for creation of election-related content and promotion of this content to their followers
- actions involving engaging with companies (possibly within corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes of respective companies) in order to provide information and promote elections
- actions informing citizens about their voting rights in the different Member States, including information about the act of voting for migrants, vulnerable communities, expats and foreigners(requirements, dates, where to vote, etc.)
- projects tackling disinformation and information manipulation in the context of elections (how to recognise it, how to build resilience against it, the importance of fact-checking and how disinformation can impact the democratic process).
The actions supported under this call are mono-beneficiary actions. This means that there is one legal entity applying for a grant. Applications presented by consortia are not eligible. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are:
- A pan-European civil society organisation, a pan-European youth organisation, pan-European trade union, pan-European think tank, pan-European business or trade association or a pan-European professional associations. For the purpose of this call, the concept of pan-European refers: To either pan-European membership entities which are a formal part of a network of entities sharing common values. Only entities part of a network represented in seven or more Member States can present proposals to this call; or to entities representing formally the interest of a wide group of member entities or individuals from different Member States. Only entities with members (organisations or individuals) from seven or more Member States can present proposals to this call.
- A legal person constituted and registered as not for profit entity or equivalent according to the national legislation, for at least three years at the time of application;
- Based in one of the Member States of the European Union;
- Legal person with nonpartisan political affiliation
The maximum EP contribution for an action proposal for Action category 2 with a scope, which is covering 7 Member States is EUR100,000. This threshold does not apply to action proposals with a scope of 8 Member States or more. The outreach of the action should be balanced between each Member State.
Actions should start at the earliest on 1 December 2022 and should end at the latest on 30 June 2024. The bulk of the communications efforts towards citizens should focus on actions performed during the first half of 2024.