The call for proposals for the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (European Integration Fund, EIF) 2012 and 2013 is now open.
The closing date for completed applications in the first round is 16:00 on Monday 11th March 2013. The call will, however remain 'open' until February 2014 with 5 events being run.
The closing date for each event is detailed in the application guidance. The fund is aimed at projects assisting third-country nationals who have a potential route to legal settlement in the UK, to fulfil conditions of residence and integrate into British society.
Approximately £31m is available for new projects in the four areas listed below.
Projects that prepare third-country nationals (TCNs) for their integration into the UK, whilst they are still on the territory of the third country, and are complying with specific pre-departure measures i.e. those who have applied for a visa to enter the UK with a view to settlement. Projects may include the following activities/focus:
• supporting pre-travel measures of TCNs, which enable them to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for their integration, such as acquiring English language skills, and basic knowledge of the UK's history, institutions, socio economic features, cultural life and the fundamental norms and values.
Projects which assist in the integration of third-country nationals (TCNs) who are legally in the UK with a potential route to settlement, targeting the following areas:
• to address capacity issues in respect of language learning;
• to develop processes and programmes that help new TCN migrants in general and specific targeted groups of disadvantaged TCN migrants to become full and active members of UK society;
• to develop programmes that provide opportunities for TCNs and members of the receiving society to interact with each other through voluntary and community activity, or mentoring; and
• to support eligible migrants who want to access the labour market through projects that provide pre-employment advice, generic employability skills and signposting to vocational training, and mentoring opportunities. Please note job brokerage services are not eligible under EIF.
Projects which address policy capacity building, co-ordination and intercultural competence building in the UK across the different levels and departments of government, targeting the following areas:
• introduce and implement schemes to gather and analyse information about the needs of third country nationals at local/regional level by involving platforms for consultation of third-country nationals and for exchange of information between stakeholders and by conducting surveys among immigrant communities on how best to respond to those needs;
• as a result of a researched need, build sustainable organisational structures for integration and diversity management, promoting participation in civil or cultural life and developing cooperation between different relevant stakeholders enabling officials at various levels to swiftly gain information about experiences and practices elsewhere; and, where possible, to pool resources.
Projects which facilitate the exchange of experience, good practice and information on integration between member states focusing on:
• ensuring that integration is an important component of policy on economic migration, and on promoting the acquisition of basic knowledge of the host society, its language, history, institutions and respect for the basic values of the host society; and
• fostering co-operation between regional and local authorities from different Member States in the development and implementation of integration policies and measures. The involvement of non-governmental stakeholders should be greatly encouraged.
Information for applicants
Eligible applicants must be UK-based and include NGOs, charities, academic institutions, local government, intergovernmental organisations, limited companies and any partnership made up of these organisations.
The minimum EIF grant that can be applied for is £200,000 per project; there is no maximum amount that must be applied for. Projects can last a maximum of twenty-four (24) months depending on the start date.
The amount applied for must normally be matched 50:50 with funds from non-European Union sources. However, projects may be eligible for up to 75% EIF co-funding if they can demonstrate that they focus on and specifically target:
• actions involving the participation of third-country nationals in the formulation and implementation of integration policies and measures;
• actions, including introduction programmes and activities, whose main objective is to address the specific needs of particular groups, such as women, youth and children, the elderly, illiterate persons and persons with disabilities;
• innovative introductory programmes and activities which are considered ground-breaking or unique. These project activities should be original or inventive and not common practice;
• actions aimed at encouraging mutual interaction and exchange, such as developing intercultural dialogue, in an effort in particular, to resolve any potential conflict caused by differences in cultural or religious practices, and thus to ensure the better integration of third country nationals in the societies, values and ways of life of member states; or
• actions addressing effective ways of raising awareness and actively involving the host society in the integration process
In order to access and submit the application documents, you will first need to obtain a DUNS number. This will then enable you to register on the Government Procurement Service (GPS) website.
Once your GPS registration has been confirmed, please send an e-mail, confirming in full the name under which your organisation has been registered to [email protected] to enable access to the Request for Information (RFI) on the Emptoris e-sourcing portal.
All enquiries regarding this call for proposals must be submitted through the Emptoris portal. Enquiries made by email or telephone will not be permitted.
To assist bidders in preparing their applications, there will be a 1 day workshop in London on Friday 22nd February 2013. There will be limited spaces available on a first come, first served basis. You must register on the Emptoris portal to request attendance at the workshop.
You can also download additional European Integration Fund documents. These documents include application guidance, frequently asked questions, selection scoring matrix, EIF Council decision and rules on eligibility of expenditure. For more information, see the Integrating other migrants from outside Europe page.