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CIVINET Activity Fund invites applications to establish up to three new CIVINET networks

Author: Richard Adams
Posted on: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 09:43

Organisations are invited to submit activity proposals for the period spanning February 2018 – July 2019, including establishing new CIVITAS National Networks (CIVINETs).

CIVINET Secretariats are typically managed by a variety of stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations, universities, associations and/or SMEs. More on the existing eleven CIVINETs can be discovered at the CIVINET page. This call closes on 6 October 2017.

CIVINETs promote the CIVITAS approach by translating the European Commission Initiative’s activities and results to local contexts, thus allowing it to transcend regional and language barriers. At the same time, CIVINETs can enrich and deepen European level discussions with national local perspectives:

The activities

A dedicated Activity Fund has been established to support specific CIVINET activities. Following the completion of our consultation with the existing CIVINETs as part of the CIVITAS SATELLITE stakeholder surveys, proposals corresponding to the following types of activity are invited:

  1. Capacity building events – where your organisation prepares workshops, seminars and webinars and provides expert advice to members, e.g. on gender/social inclusion/thematic categories/horizontal issues etc. You may also consider combining your first event with your network ‘launch event’. This launch event might be a members’ General Assembly at which they undersign and approve leadership, their roles and responsibilities, membership requirements, rules and procedures as part of the network’s modus operandi/terms of reference, and a legal statutes/charter.
  2. Transfer and take-up activities – where your organisation hosts fellow members for peer-to-peer exchanges on specific measures, (i.e. site visits), study tours, work placements, undertaking feasibility studies (among other things).
  3. CIVITAS Dissemination – where your organisation prepares local language promotional material such as postcards, the “Welcome to CIVITAS” booklet, roll-ups; e-courses/learning material, thematic group content etc.
  4. Other activities – where, for example, your organisation establishes the CIVINET network’s legal identity, raises awareness of your network outside the network zone and exchange with cities, particularly non-EU cities, or attends 3rd party events as speakers or participants - i.e. national conferences, trainings and consultations not organised by your Network.

Applications

Applications for amounts ranging between €10-11,000 are recommended per organisation. However, one may apply for lower or higher sums depending on their foreseen activities. The CIVINET activities fund comprises a sum of €30,000 for the establishment of 2-3 new networks.

Activities will be evaluated and approved individually, meaning that while it is possible for all proposed activities to be approved, it is also possible to receive approval for funding of some activities, but not others. Please note that only activities proposed by organisations wishing to establish new CIVITAS networks can be funded.

Forms and templates can be found below and at the CIVITAS Activity Fund page.

These include an application form, an annex for including details on foreseen activities and budget, instructions, a sample form, and the activity reporting templates.

Applications contributing to realising cleaner and better transport in cities and that aid the implementation of the European Commission’s 2016 Low Emission Mobility 'Decarbonisation Strategy' are welcome, alongside those that add value to the CIVITAS Initiative’s main assets  - such as the  Forum network, the Forum conference, the Thematic Groups, the PAC and the CIVITAS communications tools. Send them to civinet@civitas.eu by 6 October 2017.

We are also interested in activities that seek to specifically support the organisation of the next CIVITAS Forum conference by the respective CIVINET.

A webinar to introduce the application process and answer questions took place on Monday 11 September. To see the accompanying presentation, click here.

Evaluation

Evaluations will be undertaken independently by the Regional Environmental Center, POLIS and EUROCITIES, after which an agreement upon the funding decision and/or whether clarifications and improvements are required before submission for approval to INEA is envisaged on December 8th.  Following a final confirmation of applications on 22 December 2017, contracts are expected to be signed no later than 15 January 2018, for activities to start 1 February, when the first instalment (50 percent) is foreseen to be disbursed (the final payment will follow the approval of an activity report).

Procedures for redress by applicants who wish to submit a complaint in writing to the CIVITAS secretariat over our jury’s decision will be possible. They are described in a document below entitled "Options for Redress"-

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