Grants are available for projects which focus specifically on providing accurate, relevant and unbiased information about the role of the European Parliament, the issues at stake, and how each citizen can make their voice heard.
The indicative budget for 2017 is as follows:
- Grants in the media category: €3.87 million.
- Grants in the events category: €850,000.
This indicative budget is expected to remain on the same scale in the following years, subject to the availability of corresponding funds in the EU budget.
The European Parliament is the only directly elected body of the European Union. MEP's (Members of European Parliament) are elected every five years to represent EU citizens across the Member States.
One of the key objectives of DG Communication is to increase awareness of the European Citizen as to the European Parliament's role, how it operates and the positions it adopts.
The European Parliament plays an active role in the drafting of legislation which directly impacts on the daily lives of the citizen, and has joint power, with the Council, over the annual budget of the EU.
The key issues addressed by this funding programme are awareness-raising; relevant, accurate and unbiased information; specifically relating to the European Parliament; and promoting and developing understanding of our cultural diversity.
- Proposals for projects of a commercial nature, and/or projects, which have the purpose or effect of producing a profit for the beneficiary, will be rejected.
- The grant will not cover the total cost of the action and applicants must supply evidence of co-funding arrangements from other sources towards the costs estimated for the project.
- Any application presented by a body acting as an intermediary for a third party shall be excluded.
- The proposed project must not, directly or indirectly, send messages which conflict with EU policies or be associated with an image, which is not in keeping with that of the Institutions.
Organisations of EU Member States, specifically:
- Television broadcasting companies (under category 1)
- Radio broadcasting companies (under category 2)
- Established, on-line media organisations or organisations managing an active and relevant social media presence (on a major social network) with an established website (under category 3).
Organisations must be officially registered in one of the EU Member States, and must demonstrate evidence of the experience and infrastructure necessary for running the proposed project.
Applicants must supply evidence of co-funding arrangements from other sources towards the costs estimated for the project.
DG COMM launched a multi-annual programme of grants for 2012-2015 to reinforce its communication activities on the European Elections. The programme established Framework Partnership Agreements and three cycles of annual Calls for Proposals were launched.
Following the results of a post-election survey carried out by the European Parliament, the programme was extended further. Additional communication actions are needed with regard to young European citizens who were the greatest abstainers (72%) in the elections, despite having a strong attachment to Europe (73%). However, 49% of this group believe that the European Parliament does not properly take into account the concerns of citizens.
Communication activities are therefore needed to engage actively with young people and to improve their understanding of the European Parliament, how its decisions affect their daily lives and how they can influence the decisional process at EU level.
Grants may be awarded for actions in the field of television or radio, web-based projects or for specific events.
Proposals for projects should aim at highlighting the rights, protections and benefits afforded to EU citizens, for example, regarding privacy, freedom of speech, gender equality, hassle-free border crossings etc, giving particular emphasis to the role played by the European Parliament as a democratically elected representative of European citizens across the Member States.
Applications can only be submitted following a Call for Proposals. See Call for Proposals section for information on current and recent Calls.
Applications must be submitted according to the instructions indicated in the call for proposals, and will be evaluated by an evaluation committee.
Applications cannot be submitted by fax or email.