How to get a Community grant?

A project requesting a European Commission grant must fulfil the following criteria:

1. Online and interactive Media

The project must involve using the Internet or other online media for learning and teaching, either by applying this technology within the project, or by organising information events about this topic (e.g. open days).

2. Pedagogical Value

The project must demonstrate a clear educational or cultural value for a broad community. It should be based on a sound pedagogical approach involving teachers, trainers and/or youth workers.

3. European added-value

The project must be carried out in co-operation with a network of different partners from at least three different European countries or any partners from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. For instance, partnerships between teachers/trainers, students/apprentices and parents; between educational/vocational training bodies and regional companies; between different types of schools from different countries in Europe; between libraries from different regions; between cultural organisations; between youth organisations. Additional partners from applicant countries for the EU are particularly welcome.

4. Diffusion and multiplier effect

Proposed methods and expected results must be easily and broadly diffused as models for others. To replicate and to optimise awareness, projects must be based on active public relations and promotion to clearly identified target groups (e.g. media coverage plan, open door activities, promotional material, such as leaflets, flyers, posters, video, CD-ROM).

5. Schedule of activities in Netd@ys framework

Main activities have to take place during the Netd@ys week (20 to 27 November 2000). Exceptions are allowed under special circumstances (e.g. school holidays during this period).

6. Clear project management plan

Detailed description of the project is required on:

objectives and target groups of the project

activities planned

participating organisations and persons

information on joint agreements and partnerships

communication and promotional plan

budget (estimated expenditure and revenue) and the amount requested from the EC. The budget must be indicated in Euro.

justification for an EC grant.

Financial support, of at least 20,000 Euro, will be given to umbrella projects involving a maximum of partners, potential participants and audience from different countries.

Important

EC funding will be allocated only for awareness-raising and promotional activities.

The purchase of hardware or software equipment is not eligible for co-financing in the framework of the present call for proposals.

The Community grant will only constitute up to 50% of the total cost of a project.

Applicants wishing to benefit from a Community grant for their activities in the framework of the Netd@ys Europe 2000 operation, should send a detailed proposal including a short project summary (the summary should be written in English or in French or German).

What is the role of the European Commission in Netd@ys Europe?

The success of Netd@ys Europe depends to a large extent on bringing together participants from different sectors in a way that caters for their interest.

The European Commission will play a role of stimulation and general co-ordination by :

    • providing a general framework for awareness-raising at European level, linked to a targeted communication campaign;

    • stimulating partnerships through promoting and co-ordinating activities between a range of participants including schools, public authorities, businesses, the media, European networks, youth organisations;

    • finally, granting limited financial support to certain promotional activities, through existing programmes and Community initiatives.

The European Commission has the support at the governmental level in the participating countries, each of which appoints a Netd@ys Europe correspondent. These correspondents were very active in 1999. Their role was to:

  • promote local, regional and national initiatives and link them to Netd@ys Europe

  • inform a wide public

  • organise and promote the national Netd@ys

  • help to raise funds from potential private partners

  • establish contacts with the other countries

What sort of projects are suitable?

The projects should demonstrate examples of using online technology in learning, teaching and discovery. They can take place any time of the year but they must develop a special activity for the Netd@ys week, from 20 to 27 November, which will act as a showcase for all the projects.
‘Netd@ys Europe projects’ can, for example:

develop and present new educational concepts using online media;

create and exchange training and learning material on the Internet;

encourage the development of artistic skills

create new electronic networks or extend existing networks and public access (libraries, cybercentres, for example);

involve awareness-raising activities, such as open-doors or producing web pages on different themes;

include ‘teachers teach teachers’, ‘pupils teach their parents’, ‘youths teaching each other’, etc.

Projects can be local, regional or national but the projects funded by the European Commission must have a European dimension through involving different partners (public organisations, schools and enterprises) from at least three different countries.