This call for proposals is financed under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" 2014-20201
It aims to support existing or new partnerships in testing innovative approaches supporting in particular the delivery of Principle 14 of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The call will support innovative and experimental local/regional-level projects aimed at putting in place comprehensive strategies, mechanisms and services ensuring a holistic approach to support people in (the most) vulnerable situations.
The aim is to establish and enhance cooperation among various organisations (authorities and non-governmental organisations) (a) providing cash benefits, (b) delivering personalised social services and other general services and (c) providing labour market activation measures and to test its implementation.
ACTIVITIES TO BE FUNDED
The proposals should focus on the following set of activities, while allowing for flexibility in the design. The activities must be reflected in the budget proposal accordingly.
1.Setting up the necessary structures and capacity building
Unless structures delivering an integrated support to (the most) vulnerable people already exist at the local/regional level, the first set of actions should aim at developing and setting up new structures and systems ensuring the integrated delivery of the three strands of the Pillar principle 14 approach. Capacity building is to be understood both internally (within the organisations) and externally (between the participating organisations). Importantly, the objective for the capacity building should be clearly defined.
2. Reaching out to the persons/households in need
This intervention area should aim at testing innovative outreach and holistic approaches with a view to increase the take up of benefits, and to provide effective referral and cooperation mechanisms, including to the family household members of the beneficiaries when needed.
3. Evaluation of the impact of the project activities
A comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan of the impact of the intervention, including a clear and fully developed methodology identifying the relevant results and outcome indicators, must be included.
4. Mainstreaming/dissemination and up-scaling
Each proposal must include a detailed mainstreaming/dissemination and up-scaling plan to promote at the local/regional/national and European levels the results of the action.
5. Transnational cooperation
This set of actions will play a particular role as it aims at the fostering of knowledge- and experience- sharing between the different EaSI Participating Countries including: surveys, data collection, development of guidelines and practical tools, seminars and peer reviews.
6. Management of the project
Each proposal and their budget must include the participation in two events (a kick-off meeting, as well as a final networking and experience sharing meeting) to be organised in Brussels by the European Commission (max. two nights, two people), as well as the organisation of at least two coordination meetings with all members of the consortium.
a) Place of establishment
Legal entities properly established and registered in the following countries are eligible as applicants:
• EU Member States;
• Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein in accordance with the EEA Agreement;
• Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey
b) Type of entities
To be eligible, the lead applicant and co-applicants must be one of the following:
• public authority or public agency expressly mandated in writing by the competent public authorities to assume responsibility for the implementation of the action;
• non-profit organisation (private or public);
• research centres / institutes / higher education establishments;
• civil society organisations;
• social partner organisation at European, national or regional level.
The grant shall be awarded to a consortium of stakeholders (lead applicant and coapplicants), based on the following eligibility criteria:
i. The lead applicant must be a public authority at central, regional or local level, or a body governed by the public law.
ii. The lead applicant and co-applicants must together cover the following three:
(i) body responsible for granting or administering minimum income benefits (or similar social safety net cash benefits),
(ii) body delivering active labour market policy measures, namely public or private employment services,
(iii) body delivering social services and/or enabling goods and services, namely various public and non-profit organisations providing in-kind benefits22 and support services23 to vulnerable households.
iii. At least one of the co-applicants shall be a non-governmental organisation.
iv. At least one co-applicant shall be from another EaSI Participating Country than the main applicant.
The indicative duration of the project is expected to be 30 months.
The total budget earmarked for the EU co-financing of projects under this call is estimated at 10 000 000 EUR. The Commission expects to fund around 8 proposals.
The EU grant may not exceed 80% of the total eligible costs of the action. The applicants must guarantee their co-financing of the remaining amount covered by the applicants’ own resources or from sources other than the European Union budget.