Since 2008, the European Commission hands out annual REGIOSTARS awards to EU-funded projects which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development.
The objective of this category is to identify local and regional initiatives to fight against poverty and material deprivation, including pockets of poverty in urban areas. This call aims at recognising projects that contribute to fostering more cohesive, inclusive and equal societies.
The call welcomes projects that cover the following non-cumulative areas:
- Reducing poverty in urban and rural areas
- Combatting material deprivation
- Fighting against gender-based inequalities
- Securing social procurement and socially responsible public-procurement
- Tackling all forms of discrimination by specifically focusing on spatial and educational segregation
- Skills development for vulnerable groups to respond to labour market shortages
- Business development, including job creation targeting the most vulnerable groups
- Reducing inequalities in access to quality public services (education, health, housing, etc.)
- Promoting transition from institutional to community-based services for people with disabilities and children.
- Innovative character of the project in the selected award category. Projects shall not be "business as usual", but should demonstrate new approaches, new organisational methods or the development of new (or significantly) improved goods or services.
- Good results and impact of the project in relation to its initial objectives and impacts. Projects shall demonstrate their impact on the thematic area and territory concerned and show their results against the initially set targets and objectives. Projects, which are not yet fully finalised, shall describe the results achieved and expected impacts, based on measurable forward planning.
- Financial sustainability of the project. Projects shall demonstrate their financial sustainability beyond the lifespan of the (initial) EU-funded project period and their future as a self-standing initiative or project.
- Transferability and possibility to replicate the project in other regions. The project shall demonstrate that it represents good practice in a wider (EU) context and that it inspired/inspires other regions, for instance in the context of interregional partnerships or on-going exchanges with other projects in the same thematic area. The project should also show good ways of communicating its goals and results.
The starting date of the project submitted must be after 1 January 2007.
Elegible programme countries:
- the 28 Member States of the European Union;
- the EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
- EU candidate countries: the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Serbia. The minimum partnership composition requirement for this call is 4 eligible organisations from 4 different programme countries. If networks are involved in the project, the consortium must include at least 2 organisations which are not members of the network(s) and the consortium has to represent at least 4 eligible countries
For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the project.
The application shall be submitted via the REGIOSTARS online platform no later than 9 May 2019, 23:59:59 CET.