Calls for proposals for ERF, EIF open

£1.8 million available for new ERF projects; £5.33 million for new EIF projects
14th February 2011: Approximately £1.8 million is available for new European Refugee Fund (ERF) projects in 2010 in the areas of `innovative refugee specific entry level English language provision’ and `innovative solutions to housing for newly granted refugees’.
Another £5.33 million is approximately available for new European Integration Fund (EIF) EIF projects in 2010.

The projects can last for up to three years. The deadline for completed applications is 16:00 on Thursday 7 April 2011.

The application pack is available via the Home Office’s Emptoris e-procurement site. To register, you can email Emptoris at [email protected]

To assist bidders in preparing their applications, a one-day workshop will be held in March 2011. Limited spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis. Further details will be provided after you register on Emptoris.

The UK Border has asserted: Calls for proposals for the ERF 2010 and EIF 2010 are now open.

`Approximately £1.8 million is available for new ERF projects in 2010 in the areas of innovative refugee specific entry level English language provision; and innovative solutions to housing for newly granted refugees.

`The minimum amount that can be applied for is £75,000 per year per project, and the maximum is £350,000 per year per project’.

The UKBA has added: `Approximately £5.33 million is available for new EIF projects in 2010 in three areas.

`In each area, the minimum amount that can be applied for is £100,000 per year per project; there is no maximum amount’.

The first is `£4.4m for Priority 1 projects that address capacity issues in respect of language learning; develop process and programmes that help new migrants to become full and active members of UK society; enable newly arrived third-country nationals to fulfil the criteria for citizenship; or develop programmes that provide opportunities for third-country nationals and members of the receiving community to interact with each other.

`A particular focus is the provision of these activities to domestic workers currently in the UK’.

The second is `£465,000 for Priority 3 projects that develop actions which enhance the knowledge and skills of national and local government officials in developing policy concerned with integration and building intercultural competence. These projects may involve, for example, written guidance and training programmes’.

The third is `£465,000 for Priority 4 projects that will evaluate existing initiatives which support the involvement of legal migrants in volunteering and identify what works best. The information could be used to develop good practice guidance for use by future projects in the UK, but could also be shared with other European Union member states seeking to introduce similar initiatives’.
The UKBA adds: `Eligible applicants for both funds include non-governmental organisations, charities, academic institutions, local government, inter-governmental organisations, limited companies and any partnership made up of these organisations.

`Under EU funding rules, the amount applied for must be matched with funds from other non-European Union sources — either 25 per cent or 50 per cent, depending on whether specific priorities are met, as described in the application pack.

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