PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS
Toolkit: Marine litter retention, Funding for your project, Applying for EU fundingSee also: Motivations for project sponsors | Other funding options
European funds may be provided through either direct grants or indirect grants. Direct grants include programmes that are managed by the European Commission and cover the whole EU. Indirect grants support national and regional objectives are linked to national or regional operational programmes and are managed by ministries or regional agencies. This distinction will affect your choice of funding in many ways:
- In terms of objectives, you may wish to adapt your project according to the priorities of the national/regional operational programme.
- In terms of competition, if you apply for a direct grant, you will be competing with organisations in the whole EU. If you apply for an indirect grant, the competing organisations will come from your Member State. You might decide to present a joint project with some of these competing organisations in case of similar or complementary project objectives.
- In terms of language, if you apply directly to your ministry or agency you will write your proposal in your national language. If you apply for a direct grant, you can write your proposal in any EU official language, but English is strongly recommended.
Potential EU funds you may wish to consider for your marine litter retention projects are:
- Direct grants: LIFE; Horizon 2020
- Indirect grants: European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF); Cohesion Policy Fund, in particular transnational cooperation programmes (INTERREG) funded by the ERDF. On-going INTERREG operational programmes include, for example, the Operational Programme North Sea Region, the Baltic Sea Region Programme and the Adriatic Ionian Programme. New programmes are currently being developed and most will be in place from 2015.
- Other grant programmes: EEA Grants and Norway Grants (Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania).
When you consider which funding opportunity is the best option for your project, consider the geographical scope of your project. In some funding programmes, transnationality – that is, a project that operates across more than one country – is a requirement. In other programmes only national projects can be funded. If you intend to set up a multi-country project, LIFE or transnational cooperation programmes are appropriate; the EMFF is not. Other elements to consider are the minimum number of beneficiaries, eligible countries, or co-financing rates.
|A table comparing different EU funding options as well as a flow chart to provide some guidance in a simplified format is available for download. Since some of the operational rules for the funding period 2014 to 2020 were not yet finalised at the time of preparing this Toolkit, you should make sure you get the latest available information from the websites listed below and national or regional contact points.|
To help you with your proposal, or to ask questions about the types of project eligible for funding, you can contact your national contact points or the national/regional funding authority:
- Life national contact points
- EMFF national authorities
- Horizon 2020 national contact points
- Cohesion policy Funds national managing authorities.
Guidelines for applying to several funds are available on programme websites:
Identifying EU funding options for your project
Matrix of potential EU funding sources for marine litter projects