Is my idea eligible for EU funding? There is no short answer to that question. Some programmes are tightly focussed on given themes. Others are more broadly defined but may include an emphasis on your area of interest.
In order to properly access EU funding, very often, a given issue needs to be addressed in-the-round and the range of options fully explored.
As an example, the integration of migrants and related social inclusion measures is being addressed by activities funded by any of the following European programmes, either within Ireland or across Europe (i.e. on a transnational partnership basis):
- The national ESF Programme for Employment, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) is supporting a handful of schemes to increase the employability of migrants as being delivered by local community development groups, NGOs and others.
PEIL Integration and Employment of Migrants projects
- The AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) programme promotes the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common EU approach to asylum and immigration. Among its objectives is ‘’to support legal migration in line with the labour market needs and promoting the effective integration of non-EU nationals’’. Concrete actions to be funded can include the improvement of accommodation and reception services for asylum seekers, education and language training for non-EU nationals, assistance to vulnerable persons belonging to specific target groups, information exchange and cooperation between EU States and training for staff on relevant topics. The vast bulk of this EUR3.1 billion fund is operated via national programmes (run by Department Justice & Equality in Ireland’s case) and support activities on reception, Integration and capacity-building as well as on resettlement, relocation and return. 12% of the budget is dedicated to annual work programmes managed by the European Commission in support of transnational projects.
AMIF Programme website
AMIF in Ireland
- The Erasmus+ programme’s ‘Key Action 2’ for cooperation on innovation & exchange of good practices provides funding towards ‘Strategic Partnerships’ to develop joint initiatives on Education, Training & Youth issues between service providers, youth organisations, enterprises and wider business communities, local and regional authorities and NGOs. Among the organisatuions to have used this in relation to migrant topics is Meath Partnership with the ADMIRE (promoting empowerment, participation and active citizenship from within the migrant community), ReEntry (entrepreneurship supports) and BRAMIR (engagement with native senior population) projects.
Erasmus+ Programme website
Erasmus+ Programme in Ireland
Meath Partnership EU projects
- The Rights, Equality & Citizenship (REC) programme supports activities and actions developed by NGOs, grassroot organisations, universities, public authorities and other organisations in fields including promoting non-discrimination and combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.
View: 2018 calls for proposals
- The Europe for Citizens programme’s 2018-2020 priorities in relation to ‘Democratic engagement and civic participation’ (Strand 2) – covering town twinning, networks of towns and civil society projects – include ‘Fostering intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding and combatting the stigmatisation of migrants and minority groups’. This largely seeks to establish linkages and common ground between different cultures, communities and people by promoting understanding and interaction while avoiding marginalisation and stereotyping of citizens on the basis of their cultural identity.
Europe for Citizens Programme website
Europe for Citizens Programme in Ireland
- The Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation incorporates various non-technological themes as part of its ‘Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies’ and has included quite a strong focus on migration issues in recent years. Among the topics in this area that are covered in forthcoming calls for proposals (with 2019 deadlines) are ICT-enabled solutions; mobility patterns; and socio-economic effects while other recent calls have examined forward-looking governance and strategies; forced displacement; and mapping challenges for children.
View: 2019 calls for proposals
- The Creative Europe programme has some provision to support activities that recognise and celebrate the contribution refugees and migrants make to cultural diversity and interaction with existing communities. A targeted call addressing this topic was launched in 2016.
Creative Europe Programme website
- The URBACT3 programme for sustainable urban development (and its predecessors) has supported several network projects on migration issues. These have included OpenCities (with Dublin City Council as partners) which explored how cities can attract and retain migrant populations of international workers. A final call for proposals is expected during 2018 for ‘Action Planning Networks’ supporting local authorities in addressing a particular policy challenge by producing an integrated action-plan.
Migration issues in URBACT
OpenCities project (Urbact II)
- The Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) instrument in support of experimental and sustainable solutions to the issues facing large cities* includes ‘Integration of Migrants & Refugees’ among its twelve designated topics. Over the coming years this is likely to be included as a focus of at least one more annual call for proposals.
UIA Programme website
Ongoing UIA ‘Integration of Migrants and Refugees’ projects
*A particular eligibility definition applies. Contact the IREO in Brussels for details.