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Erasmus+ Social Inclusion and Common Values Call Open

2018 has been designated as the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage’ with the purpose to encourage the sharing and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage as a shared resource, to raise awareness of common history and values, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

This Erasmus+ Call for Proposals supports transnational cooperation projects in the fields of education, training and youth and comprises two lots, one for education and training (Lot 1) and one for youth (Lot 2).

Projects submitted under this call under both lots should aim at:

  • Disseminating and/or scaling up good practices on inclusive learning initiated in particular at local level. In the context of the present call, scaling up means replicating good practice on a wider scale/transferring it to a different context or implementing it at a higher/systemic level; or
  • Developing and implementing innovative methods and practices to foster inclusive education and/or youth environments in specific contexts.

Only activities taking place in Erasmus+ Programme Countries will be considered eligible for funding. Activities must start either on 31 December 2018; 15 or 31 January 2019. The project duration must be 24 or 36 months.

Eligible applicants are public and private organisations active in the field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors or organisations carrying out cross-sector activities (eg cultural organisations, civil society, sport organisations, recognition centres, chambers of commerce, trade organisations, etc.). The minimum partnership composition requirement is four eligible organisations from four different programme countries.

The total budget available for the co-financing of projects under the Call is €14 million, allocated as follows:

  • Lot 1 – Education and training: €12 million.
  • Lot 2 – Youth: €2 million.

The maximum grant per project will be €500.000. The financial contribution from the EU cannot exceed 80% of the total eligible project costs.

The deadline for applications is 22 May 2018. Click here for more information.

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund 2018 – Round 1 to Open Shortly

The Community Radio Fund, managed by Ofcom with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, offers two funding rounds each year. The first round for 2018 is scheduled to open on 4 April to radio stations that are not-for-profit, run by local people for local people about local issues.

Each funding round has around £200,000 available for grants. There is no set level of funding. Grants can range from about £2,000 to around £19,000 with an average grant of about £14,000. Grants will be made as a single lump sum and are to cover a one-year period only.

The funding is intended for community radio licensees broadcasting under a community radio licence in the UK to cover costs including:

  • Fundraising to support the station.
  • Management.
  • Administration.
  • Financial management and reporting.
  • Community outreach.
  • Volunteer organisation and support.

Priority will be given to licensees that have not been awarded a grant in previous funding rounds and to newly-licensed stations.

The Awarding Panel considers promoting long-term sustainability a critical, core activity and thus priority will be given to applications that focus on posts that promote long-term financial security and may become self-sustaining.

This is a very competitive grants programme with many more requests for funding than can be awarded.

Applications for Round 1 will be accepted from 4 April to 2 May 2018 (5pm). Click here for more information.

Government Launches £48m Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a new £48 million fund to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Following the success of the previous Low Emission Bus Scheme, the Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme aims to cut emissions and ensure cleaner and greener journeys by providing funding to local authorities and bus operators in England and Wales, which they can use to buy new ultra-low emission buses (ULEBs) as well as the infrastructure to support them.

On announcing the scheme, Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani said:

“We are doing more than ever before to reduce greenhouse gas pollution across all modes of transport and we are committed to ensuring nearly all cars and vans are emissions-free at their tailpipes by 2050.

“In order to achieve this ambitious target, the transport sector is going to have to change dramatically over the next couple of decades – and buses are no exception.

“We are confident this scheme will encourage councils and operators to invest in these ultra-low emission vehicles – speeding up the full transition to a low emission bus fleet in England and Wales.”

Any English or Welsh Local Authority, Combined Authority or Bus Operator can apply for funding.

Bids will only be accepted for new ULEBs accredited by the LowCVP Accreditation scheme. Buses must be used on one or more local bus services.

To help organisations who are thinking of bidding, DfT will be hosting a ULEBS workshop at Great Minister House, London SW1P 4DR in May. Those interested should contact the DfT by 15 April.

Bids must be submitted by deadline of 30 June 2018. Click here for more information.

Edge Foundation Accepting Applications to £1m Grant Fund

Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 are available for projects which support the Edge’ Foundation’s plan for education and must support innovation or development within technical and professional learning.

All projects are required to address areas of skills shortages to the UK and address in detail at least one of the following Funding Themes:

  • Improve the design and delivery of engaging and relevant Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Support the development of Project Based Learning (PBL) and associated profound employer engagement
  • Support the development of a 14-19 curriculum which integrates both academic and technical/professional subjects
  • Support the development of innovative approaches to higher education at levels 4, 5, and 6
  • Ways to measure the performance of technical education.

Projects must focus on young people up to the age of 24 years; however, projects which support the development and delivery of higher and degree level apprenticeships or other degree level provision have no upper age limits for beneficiaries.

All educational establishments or not-for-profit organisations working within the education sector may apply.

Particular consideration will be given to applications for projects that have already secured match funding or intend to use the Edge grant to obtain further match funding.

Jane Samuels, head of partnerships and projects at Edge, said:

“This is an opportunity for further education colleges and other educational and not-for-profit institutions to secure significant funding towards projects and initiatives that can deliver real impact in their area, equipping young people with skills for 21st-century jobs and boosting local economies.”

There is a two stage application process.

The deadline for initial applications is 3 May 2018 (midday). Click here for more information.

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