2. Application

2.1 How can I apply for the EUCF?

You can only apply via web application, which is available on the Facility website. The overall application process consists of two main steps: the eligibility check and the full application.

  1. Eligibility check

The eligibility check is a simple, automated questionnaire, which can be answered by the applicant directly online. It verifies whether an applicant is eligible to apply for financial support from the EUCF. To be eligible, applicants must be able to answer with YES to all five requirements. Applicants receive the result of the eligibility check immediately after answering all questions. At this stage, supporting documents are not required.

  1. Full application

After successfully passing the eligibility check, the applicant can complete the full application form, prepare the supporting documents and submit them via the EUCF website user zone. Once the call for proposals is closed, the applications are evaluated by a dedicated team. The best scored applications are selected and will conclude the grant agreements to receive the EUCF support. Unsuccessful applications can seek support from the EUCF Helpdesk and participate again in the next call for applications.

2.2 How is the geographical coverage of EUCF calls planned?

Over the course of three years, four calls for applications with cut off dates will take place in parallel for three geographic regions (incl. UK) of the European Union, as shown in the table below:

Regional call

Countries

Central and Eastern Europe

Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Nordic countries & Western  Europe

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom.

Southern Europe

Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain.

2.3 What is the tentative timeline for the EUCF calls for applications?

Overall, each call for applications will be open for two months, except for the first call where the application period has been extended due to Covid-19. The following periods apply:

Call  for Proposals

Application period

1st call

25 May – 2 October 2020

2nd call

March – April 2021

3rd call

October – November 2021

4th call

May – June 2022

 

The exact dates of the calls 2-4 and any alterations regarding the opening and closing of application periods will be published on the EUCF website under the section [Open and previous calls].

2.4 How can I find support for the application process?

Available on the EUCF website, the guideline for applicants provides a comprehensive source of information about the entire EUCF process.  Moreover, a Glossary of relevant terms is provided to facilitate the applicant’s understanding of the EUCF documents. In case of questions that cannot be found in these documents, you can seek further support from the EUCF Helpdesk which provides efficient and timely responses to the queries raised. In addition, the Country Expert in each country will be ready to help the applicants, when required and national networks organize webinar/info sessions at national level.

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