Europe for Citizens: Operating grants 2014-2017
The specific objectives of the programme are to:
- Raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values and the EU's aim that is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples by stimulating debate, reflection and development of networks.
- Encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at EU level, by developing citizens' understanding of the EU policy making-process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at EU level.
Support is granted to organisations in the form of framework partnerships for four years (2014-17). Under these framework partnerships annual operating grants will be awarded every year.
The thematic priorities of the programme for 2014 are:
- Strand 1: European remembrance
Support for organisations reflecting on causes of totalitarian regimes in Europe's modern history as well as on other defining moments and reference points in recent European history. Historical moments which are to be commemorated in particular in 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the 10 years of enlargement of the European Union to Central and Eastern Europe.
- Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation
Elections to the European Parliament will be held in all Member States from 22 to 25 May 2014. These elections will be the first to be held under the Lisbon Treaty enhancing the role of EU citizens as political actors. Strand 2 will support organisations working on citizens' participation in the democratic life of the EU, ranging from local democracy to the empowerment of citizens to play a full part in EU policy.
In order to submit an application, applicants will have to register their organisation in the Education, Audiovisual, Culture, Citizenship and Volunteering Participant Portal and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC). The PIC will be requested to generate the application form.
Information on how to register can be found in The Participant Portal.