Presentation on theme: "Workshop on project Management Beograd – Belgrade; September 26 & 27, 2013 Charlotte Roffiaen."— Presentation transcript:
Workshop on project Management Beograd – Belgrade; September 26 & 27, 2013 Charlotte Roffiaen
Introduction 1.EU projects do not bring money to non- profit organisations, they usually are a cost. 2.It is becoming more and more difficult to access funds.
Introduction WHY IS IT A COST? Drafting a good quality EU project requires important human resources. Co-financing principle: from 20% to 50% of most EU funded projects. No co-financing through contributions in kind or volunteers work, but only staff and cash. There are sometimes restrictions on co-funding from private companies.
Introduction WHY IS IT BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT / COMPETITIVE? Increased number of EU countries vs. Stable funds. Contraction of available funds in all MS: public and private funding, donations from individuals, etc. Actual trend: financing less projects with a larger impact and budget.
Introduction 2.We will study strategies to make EU projects financially balanced and globally very valuable for your organisations.
Introduction HOW? Learning how to select EU calls for proposals and partnership proposals. Learning how to prepare a good proposal and a good budget. Discussing how to adapt your networking and fundraising strategies to EU projects. Studying the many possible benefits of EU projects for your organisations.
Basic EU funding principles 1. What are we talking about? Calls for proposals = grants vs. Calls for tenders = contracts. Centralised managed programmes (either directly by the EC or indirectly by European Agencies). No EuropeAid programme (development and cooperation).
Basic EU funding principles 2.The EU aims at implementing its OWN objectives! It is essential to have an excellent knowledge of these objectives, reading carefully all documents mentioned in the call (programmes, policy documents, etc.). Even in the case of Structural grants, the activity plan must reflect the priorities of the EU in the specific field.
Basic EU funding principles 3.Information is a key The multiannual programmes such as Europe for Citizens, Erasmus for all, etc. detail the general objectives. The annual working programs, specify the objectives of the different calls year by year. The calls for proposals and the guidelines contain all the info you need to present an application.
Basic EU funding principles 3.Information is a key Register to general newsletters & programme newsletters updating recipients on the open calls.newsletters Check regularly the websites of the programmes + RSS & social networks when available.RSSsocial networks Participate in the Infodays. Ask for information directly to the civil servants in charge of the programme.
Basic EU funding principles 4.Time is another issue The time between the publication of the call and the deadline for submission varies Between 2 and 4 months approximately. Essential to start brain storming and contacts with partners before the publication of the call.
Basic EU funding principles 5.Partnership makes the difference Most EU projects require a transnational partnership. The minimum number of participating countries varies from 2 to half of the EU MS. The partnership includes one coordinator and a variable number of co-promoters. The project results depend on every partners contribution.
Basic EU funding principles 6.Co-financing is the real challenge Funding options: Budget vs. Flaterate. Objectives: to demonstrate the engagement of the promoters + to promote the long-term sustainability of the project. Co-financing sources: promoters themselves or 3rd parties. No double financing from other EU funding sources.
Basic EU funding principles 7.A good project is not always equivalent to a successful project Projects are assessed by 2 independent experts, based on criteria listed in the call. All experts have personal views / sensibilities. The final mark is the result of an average / consensus. The success depends on the competition Check the success rates beforehand. success rate
EU funding opportunities Consumer programme – Serbia in not eligible under this programme yet – The next Consumer programme will not substantially change Support to consumer organisations – Contributions to the functioning of EU-level consumer organisations (Structural grants) – No more projects – Capacity building for regional, national and European consumer organisations Funding of the European Consumer Centres Network Cooperation between national enforcement authorities
EU funding opportunities Europe for citizens programme Europe for citizens programme – The programme aims at bringing Europe closer to its citizens, enabling them to participate fully in the EU construction. – The programme guide works as a permanent call for proposals.programme guide Action 1.1: Town TwinningTown Twinning – It relies upon the voluntary commitment of citizens, in collaboration with the local authorities and local associations. – Encourages exchanges of experiences on a variety of issues of common interest – Small grants (25.000 euro) – Open to all stakeholders promoting active citizenship
EU funding opportunities Europe for citizens programme Europe for citizens programme – The new programme will not substantially change and shall be adopted by the EP on 19/11/2013new programme – ALDA could be an excellent contact for this programme ALDA Action 1.2: Citizens projectsCitizens projects – Stimulate citizens debate and inputs in EU policies – Based on the concept of direct participation of individual citizens – Co-financing: 40 % – 100.000 Grant 250.000 – Competitive (6,7% success) – Duration: 12 months
EU funding opportunities Europe for citizens programme Europe for citizens programme Action 2.3: Civil Soc. ProjectsCivil Soc. Projects – Supports actions (conferences, seminars, TV/radio broadcasts, etc.) of CSOs from different countries on issues related to the programme objectives and priorities. – Co-financing: 30 % – 55.000 Grant 150.000 – Competitive (5,4 % success) – Duration: 12 to 18 months
EU funding opportunities Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) – It is an umbrella programme integrating various educational and training initiatives: Comenius (schools) Erasmus (higher education) Leonardo Da Vinci (educational training) Grundtvig (adult education) All actions are open to consumer organisations active in their respective training/educational fields Examples: – Consumer Citizenship Network (Erasmus) Consumer Citizenship Network – Training teachers in developing consumer awareness among children (Comenius) Training teachers in developing consumer awareness among children
EU funding opportunities Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) – LLP includes: small actions managed by national LLP agencies larger ones directly managed in Brussels – Serbia is only eligible for the second ones. – The LLP will become part of Erasmus for allErasmus for all Grundtvig Multilateral projects: – Improving the content and delivery of adult education – Open to any organisation in the field of adult learning – At least 3 partners from 3 different LLP countries – Duration: 1 to 3 years – Maximum grant: 150.000 / year (300.000 for 3 years) – Co-financing: 75 %
EU funding opportunities Youth in Action – The programme aims at promoting young peoples active and European citizenship + developing the capabilities of CSOs in the youth field – Open to youth organisations and NPOs working for / with young people 2 - European Voluntary Service – Enables young people to carry out voluntary service for up to 12 months in a foreign country. 3.1 - Cooperation – Supports Youth Exchanges and Training & Networking Projects with Neighbouring partner Countries of the EU. – Promoters from Programme & Neighbouring Countries.
EU funding opportunities Youth in Action – The programme guide is an excellent didactic instrument to start drafting EU projects.programme guide – The programme will become part of Erasmus for all and the available funding for the 2014-20 period is not known yet.Erasmus for all a)Youth Exchanges – Meetings of groups of young people from different countries to learn about each others cultures and discuss a theme of mutual interest. b)Training & Networking prog. – Promote exchanges of experience, good practices, cooperation and training in the field of youth work.
EU funding opportunities Other programmes open to Serbian non- profit organisations 1.The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) – EU Research programme – Will become part of the new Horizon 2020 programmeHorizon 2020 – Several research thematic areas shall be of interest of consumer organisations: Health, Food, Energy, Transport, etc. – Main role: dissemination
EU funding opportunities Other programmes open to Serbian non- profit organisations 2.Progress programmeProgress programme – Supports projects in the following 5 areas: Employment Social inclusion and social protection Working conditions Anti-discrimination Gender equality – Will become part of the EU programme for Employment and Social InnovationEU programme for Employment and Social Innovation
Partnership rules Coordinator or partner? The coordinator usually is the promoter of the project idea. It is in charge of 1/ the coordination of the activities 2/ the administrative and financial issues & is responsible vis-à-vis the Commission. Better to gain experience as partner before submitting a project as coordinator.
Partnerships in EU projects How to be identified as a potential partner? Experience of participants Website + dissemination of your projects results in EN Take all occasions to network (Infodays, Euro conferences, expert groups, etc.) Apply to EU nets/plateforms Programmes online partner search tools + social networkspartner search tools
Partnerships in EU projects Why & when shall you submit a project as coordinator? When you have a good experience in EU projects & in the specific call you target. When you have a winning project idea, perfectly relevant to the objectives of the call and to your own. +: Greater share of the budget. +: Contributes to the capacity- building of your staff.
BAD vs. GOOD PRACTICES What should you do when receiving a partnership proposal? Who should develop the project (within and/or outside the organisation)? When to involve the partners, the target groups and the potential co- financers in the project?
BAD vs. GOOD PRACTICES How to match your own objectives with the priorities of horizontal calls? How to secure easy points in the project evaluation? How to create trust and make a positive impression on the evaluators? What is a good projects communication plan? How to guarantee the project sustainability?
Practical exercise: Building a strong partnership 1.Right number of partners? The minimum number of partners / countries is usually not sufficient to prepare a successful project. Many partners make the project costly and more difficult to manage. Necessary to find a balance between these two aspects.
Practical exercise: Building a strong partnership 2.Which kind of partners? When allowed, cross-sectoral partnership is always better – Should be based on the complementarity of competences, contacts, level of action (EU/national/local), etc. – It facilitates cross-fertilisation. – Including partners with stable staff and financial resources (e.g. Public institutions, universities, companies, etc.) shall be part of your projects co-financing strategy.
Practical exercise: Building a strong partnership 3.Main challenges Partners come from different countries: – They have different cultures; – They shall have communication problems (their English levels can be very uneven); – They rarely meet because of the travelling costs and time.
Practical exercise: Building a strong partnership 3.Main challenges Their interest in the project results is often uneven – Some shall leave the project or not deliver the results. The relationship among partners is often unbalanced – The coordinator decides and the others execute; – Some partners have a greater share of decision power, money, etc. than others.
Practical exercise: Building a strong partnership 4.How to make partnerships work? Know your partners – Previous cooperation – Physical meeting Involve them in the project development from the very beginning: – Check their actual interest; – Take advantage of their experience / competence; – Increase their ownership & commitment in the project. Share responsibilities
Practical exercise: Building a strong partnership 4.How to make partnerships work? Clarify the collaboration rules – Written agreement – Do not promise anything you might be unable to respect. Clearly describe in the application how the partners will concretely work together Keep a permanent communication with all partners and solve problems as soon as possible
Practical exercise: Communication and dissemination Objective of EU projects is to achieve the biggest possible impact Visibility, dissemination and exploitation of the projects outcomes are thus core activities The project must include an actual communication plan
Practical exercise: Communication and dissemination What does it imply? – Show off the work you are doing throughout your project duration – Identify the various potential direct and indirect beneficiaries (categories + numbers) – Produce information adapted to the target groups
Practical exercise: Communication and dissemination – Use different kinds of communication / dissemination channels Your website and newsletter arent enough Events, products, press… – Make sure the outcomes of the projects are effectively used (follow- up activities) – Feed your results into public policies
Practical exercise: Project team The team must include all competences needed to carry out the project: – The project manager Coordinates the team Works together with the partners coordinators – Financial officer – Communication officer – Webmaster – Researchers or trainers…
Practical exercise: Project team Several functions can be exerted: – by the same person; – by the partners or by external experts, except for project management related activities. Budget – Human resources – Except for external experts = subcontracting