Financial support for measures to disseminate information about the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Priority is given to measures that are likely to have a major impact, are ground-breaking and creative, and that aim to target not just the rural population but society as a whole.
Budgets and grants may vary annually from one Call for Proposals to another.
The total budget available for the 2017 Call is €3.5 million.
Grants requested must be between €70,000 and €500,000 (including the flat-rate for staff costs).
The maximum financing rate for information measures is 60% of the total direct eligible costs.
A flat-rate contribution of 7% of the total eligible direct costs of the action is eligible under indirect costs to represent the general administrative costs relevant to the action. This is not available to organisations in receipt of a operating grant.
Information Measures Relating to the Common Agricultural Policy is co-financed by the European Commission. The measures aim to:
- Help explain, implement and develop the Common Agricultural Policy.
- Promote the European model of agriculture and help people understand it.
- Inform farmers and other parties who are active in rural areas about the policy.
- Help raise public awareness of the issues and objectives of the policy.
The following may not receive financing:
- Measures which are required by law.
- Measures already receiving financing under another Community operation.
- Profit-making measures.
- General or statutory meetings.
Grants may not be awarded to applicants who, at the time of a grant procedure:
- are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities, are the subject of proceedings concerning those matters, or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations;
- have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by a judgment which has the force of res judicata;
- have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authority can justify;
- have not fulfilled obligations relating to payment of social security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which they are established or with those of the country of the contracting authority or those of the country where the measure is to be performed;
- have been the subject of a judgment which has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation or any other illegal activity detrimental to the Union's financial interests;
- following another procurement procedure or grant award procedure financed by the EU budget, they have been declared to be in serious breach of contract for failure to comply with their contractual obligations;
- are in a situation of conflict of interest; or
- are guilty of misrepresentation in supplying the information required by the authorising department or of failing to supply this information.
Any organisation legally constituted for at least two years in an EU Member State can apply, particularly:
- Farmers' or rural development organisations.
- Consumers' associations.
- Environmental protection associations.
- Public authorities of the Member States.
- Media organisations.
- Consultancy agencies.
- Private companies.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary technical and financial capacity to implement the proposed information measure.
Each applicant may apply for only one specific measure per budget year.
Co-financing from non-EU sources required.
The theme for 2017 is: "The CAP is a policy for all the people of Europe and contributes to their lives in so many ways".
Proposals should specifically cover the contribution that the CAP makes to:
- Boosting jobs, growth and investment in rural areas and the maintenance of viable rural communities throughout the EU.
- Meeting the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework, particularly in terms of the potential for farming and forestry to play in climate adaptation and mitigation measures.
- Sustainable agricultural production that meets the twin requirements of ensuring food security and rural environmental protection, including with regard to water quality and quantity.
- Ensuring a fair return to farmers from the agri-food chain to maintain the viability of European agricultural production and the future of the family farm model.
The target public for the 2017 theme is the general public (in particular young people in urban areas) and/or farmers and other parties active in rural areas, specifically the following:
- School children, teachers and university students: Novel approaches should be used to engage with young people and raise their awareness of the CAP and the contribution that it makes in many areas such as the climate change challenge, food, healthy and high quality eating as a lifestyle choice, in relation also with the new EU School Scheme for Milk, Fruit and Vegetables which will enter into force as from 1 August 2017.
- General public: The focus of information on the CAP would put greater emphasis on addressing the (mis-) perceptions of European agriculture and the role of farming in society instead of the policy content. There needs to be also greater understanding of the enormous contribution the EU agri food sector provides to the wider EU economy.
- Stakeholders: It should be ensured that there is greater awareness of the contribution that the CAP makes to the support of economic growth of rural areas, especially SMEs. The contribution that is made through the Rural Development programmes should be promoted, through which the EU is investing almost EUR 100 billion in the period 2014-2020 for the development of European rural areas. It will also be emphasised the support provided for sustainable production practices and other measures that will help to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The following type of costs may be eligible:
- Staff costs.
- Transport costs.
- Consultants' and speakers fees.
- Hire of conference rooms and equipment.
- Mailing costs.
Application forms are available from the Agriculture and Rural Development website
Completed applications should be submitted by post or courier.
Note: Applications sent by email only are not admissible and will not be evaluated.
Each applicant may apply for only one information measure per budget year.