Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Czech NGOs Preparing for EU Calls for Proposals

Recently, the Czech development NGO platform FoRS organized two complementary trainings on funding from the European Union for its members and observers. The first one “Planning projects and preparing EC proposals” received financial support from the project TRIALOG V where FoRS is a partner. It took part on September 25th and 26th in Prague and was led by the trainer Greta Jensen from the United Kingdom. Over 20 representatives of FoRS members had the opportunity to learn how to prepare quality projects for the European Commission (EC), with a special focus on the programme Non-State Actor and Local Authorities in Development. The participants could also practice the main steps of the preparation process in small groups on concrete project examples. The training helped the participants to get better prepared for the upcoming application process of the EC’s Call for development education and awareness raising projects (DEAR), expected to be launched in October.

FoRS also had a unique opportunity to pilot a training on EU funding prepared by the CONCORD working group “Funding for Development and Relief” (FDR). This event called “Current and future funding opportunities from the EU” took place on October 1st in Prague and was led by Stijn De Lameillieure from Save the Children, a member of FDR and its recently formed group of trainers. About 20 FoRS members and observers took part in this very participatory and interactive training, which also very handily complemented the previous one focused on project proposal preparation. Apart from an overall information about the current financial instruments and programmes for EU external action and the new ones within the EU financial framework 2014-2020, the participants could deepen their knowledge in topics such as how the EU Delegations work and why to engage with them, how to effectively search in the EC system of call for proposals, or what are the various existing types of partners and allies in EC funded projects.

For more information please contact Marie Zázvorková at marie.zazvorkova@fors.cz.

Information provided by Marie Zázvorková, FoRS

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