Calls for proposals

EUROPEAN COMMISSION - EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL AFFAIRS & INCLUSION NEW!

REC programme - Establishment of four-year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the area of rights of persons with disabilities & Operating grants for 2018

The objective of the Call is to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, to ensure that people with disabilities can fully enjoy their rights.

The operating grants will enhance the capacities of the networks to contribute actively to the development and implementation of all relevant policies. The grants will fund operating costs and those activities of the networks which have EU added value and which contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the REC Programme for the year 2018.

Further information: Click here to find out how to apply

Deadline for submitting proposals: 22 September 2017

 


 

MFC Annual Innovation Award

The MFC Innovation Award explores the new trends in optimizing business processes through the Digitalisation for a Connected World.

All organisations from the ECA region that add significant contribution to financial inclusion, society and improving peoples’ lives through their daily business are invited to apply for the 2017 MFC Innovation Award.

The deadline for submissions is September 10, 2017.

The award’s winner will be announced on the 3rd European Microfinance Day (EMD) – 20 October 2017.

Apply here. More information on MFC website.

 


 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

EaSI - Transaction cost support for social enterprise finance

The objective of the call is to test a transaction cost support scheme in the form of a grant to be combined with financial instruments as a means to address the mismatch of needed and sustainable ticket sizes. More particularly, it aims at catalysing smaller risk-capital investments of below EUR 500 000 that otherwise would not happen.

The grant is aimed at financial intermediaries that undertake long term risk capital investments in ticket sizes of less than EUR 500 000 in the form of equity, quasi-equity, or hybrid financing to social enterprises in the EaSI Participating Countries. It will serve to lower the transaction costs for these small investment tickets and thus help overcome a market failure in the social enterprise finance market.

Activities related to the preparation, conclusion and follow-up of long term risk capital investments into social enterprises may be funded under this call for proposals.

The total budget earmarked for the EU co-financing of projects under this call is estimated at EUR 3 million. The EU grant requested should indicatively be between EUR 300 000 and EUR 1 million.

First deadline for submitting proposals: 15 July 2017

Second deadline: 1 December 2017

Third deadline: 15 April 2018

Access the call: Click here for the details of this open call.

 


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EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Facility

The Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Facility is an EU initiative managed and implemented by EIF on behalf of the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission launched in December 2014 in the context of Erasmus+, the EU programme aiming to boost student mobility in Europe.

The Erasmus+Master Loan Guarantee Facility aims to increase access to finance in order to enable students, regardless of their social background, to take a Master's Degree in another Erasmus+ programme country, as a contribution to tackling skills gaps in Europe. 

Eligible financial intermediaries are public and private bodies established and operating in one or more of the eligible Erasmus + programme countries and duly authorised to carry out lending to natural persons in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, and comply with the applicable laws or regulations implementing Directive 2008/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 on credit agreements for consumers.

Deadline for submissions: 30th September 2020

Access the call: Click here for the details of this open call.

 


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Ethics & Trust in Finance - 6th global prize

The Ethics in Finance Prize promotes greater awareness among young people throughout the world concerning the benefits of ethics in finance, and encourages high-quality management of banking, insurance and financial services based on trust and integrity. Launched in 2006 and now in its 6th Edition, the global competition for the Prize for Innovative Ideas for Ethics in Finance is open to young people, aged 35 years or younger, from throughout the world.

The competition invites creative papers, which may be submitted in English or French, setting out analyses or proposals for innovative ways to promote ethics in finance. A prize of USD 20,000 is allocated for the winners.

Deadline for submissions: 31st July 2017

Further information: Find out more.

 


 

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

EaSI Guarantee: Open Call for Expression of Interest

The objective of this Open Call for Expression of Interest, launched by the European Investment Fund,is to select eligible financial institutions to become Financial Intermediaries under the EaSI Guarantee Financial Instrument (“EaSI Guarantee” or “the Facility”).

Access the call: Click here for the details of this open call

 


 

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

COSME Loan Guarantee Facility (LGF)

The COSME Loan Guarantee Facility (LGF) is a window of the Single EU Debt Financial Instrument which supports European enterprises' growth and research and innovation (R&I).

LGF is part of COSME (Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), an initiative launched by the European Commission and managed by EIF.

Through COSME LGF, EIF offers guarantees and counter-guarantees, including securitisation of SME debt finance portfolios, to selected financial intermediaries (e.g. guarantee institutions, banks, leasing companies, etc.) to help them to provide more loans and leases to SMEs. By sharing the risk, COSME guarantees allow the financial intermediaries to expand the range of SMEs they can finance, facilitating access to debt finance for many SMEs who might be having difficulties in accessing the traditional banking system.

LGF is a successor to the SME Guarantee Facility (SMEG), successfully implemented by EIF under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) in the period 2007-2013.

Deadline: 30th September 2020

Further information: Click here to find out how to apply

 


 

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

COSME Equity Facility for Growth (EFG)

The Equity Facility for Growth (EFG) is a window of the Single EU Equity Financial Instrument which supports EU enterprises' growth and research and innovation (R&I) from the early stage, including seed, up to expansion and growth stage.

EFG – managed by EIF – is part of COSME (Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), an initiative launched by the European Commission.

Through COSME EFG, EIF invests in selected funds – acting as EIF’s financial intermediaries – that provide venture capital and mezzanine finance to expansion and growth stage SMEs, in particular those operating across borders. The fund managers will operate on a commercial basis, to ensure that investments are focused on SMEs with the greatest growth potential.

EFG is a successor to the High Growth and Innovative SME Facility (GIF), implemented under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) in the period 2007-2013.

Deadline: 30th September 2020

Further information: Click here to find out how to apply

 


 
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND 

InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility

The objective of this Open Call for Expression of Interest, launched by the European Investment Fund, is to select eligible financial institutions to become Financial Intermediaries under the InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility (the “Facility”), window of the single EU debt financial instrument.

The InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility will be deployed by eligible local banks, leasing companies, guarantee institutions, etc. which are selected after a due diligence process following the launch of a Call for Expression of Interest. Once selected by EIF, these local partners act as financial intermediaries.

EIF, acting for both EIF and the EU as the implementing body, covers a portion of the losses incurred by the financial intermediaries on loans, leases and guarantees between EUR 25 000 and EUR 7.5 million which they provide under the InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility. In this way, the EU and EIF allow the provision of more debt financing to innovative SMEs and Small Mid-caps (up to 499 employees).

Deadline: 31st December 2020

Further information: Click here to find out how to apply

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