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Call for Trainers: EU Co-Funded Projects - Funding Opportunities for Civil Society Projects in the EU


The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) is a cooperation structure, serving as a communication and dialogue tool between the European political foundations and the Institutions of the European Union (EU), as well as civil society actors in the fields of democracy support and development cooperation. Furthermore, the network provides services to its members to facilitate their participation in the respective programmes of the EU.

ENoP brings together 54 member foundations from 22 EU Member States and the United Kingdom. The members are affiliated to six political party families represented in the European Parliament (Renew Europe, EPP, S&D, ECR, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL), but are independent in their decision-making and financing of international projects.

The activities of political foundations in the fields of democracy support and development cooperation include public campaigning and awareness raising, advocacy work vis-à-vis political institutions and decision makers in their respective home countries, as well as the EU level. The main focus, however, is on the implementation of democracy support and development projects with local partners in more than 100 developing and transition countries throughout the world.

Since March 2019 ENoP is implementing an EU co-funded action grant, called “Strengthening ENoP as actor in support of democratic and pluralistic societies”. The current capacity-building training takes place in the fringes of this project.


ENoP member foundations are active in the promotion of democracy support, civic participation, political education and sustainable development. Together with partner organizations, they implement a multitude of civil society projects both within the EU and abroad. While some member foundations have extensive experience in implementing EU co-funded projects abroad (EuropeAid), few members are acquainted with the opportunities, rules and procedures linked to EU-internal funding instruments (Erasmus+, the new Rights and Values Programme, Horizon Europe, etc.). This training is intended to provide an opportunity for staff from ENoP member foundations to get to know funding opportunities for civil society projects in Europe under the new Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

3. Objective of the training

The objective of the training is to familiarize participants with relevant EU funding instruments for political foundations and CSOs for actions within the EU. After completion of the training, participants have gained knowledge on the most relevant EU funding instruments for their organizations, are able to assess whether Calls for proposals are compatible with their project ideas and have received practical tips for conceptualizing successful projects in line with the priorities of the respective EU funding instrument.


4. SCOPE And methodology of the training (indicative, to be discussed with the trainer)


  • Presentation of the most relevant EU funding instruments for political foundations and CSOs (Erasmus+, CERV, Horizon Europe, ESF+, other)
  • Main priorities of each funding instrument, eligibility criteria, application procedures, ratio applications per project, examples of past projects, tips for conceptualizing relevant project ideas.

The content of the training should be tailored to ENoP member foundations’ thematic priorities.


  • Methodological mix: Combining input by the trainer with interactive elements such as group work, practical examples etc.
  • Leaving room for individual questions of participants and exchange of experience among participants
  • Providing Power Point Presentation & list of online resources that participants can use after the training

5. Target Group

Participants: about 15 participants from ENoP member foundations, participants will have some prior knowledge on applying for and implementing civil society projects, however their level of experience on implementing EU co-funded projects will differ.

6. Required profile of the trainer
  • Substantial experience in consulting for / writing / reviewing / conceptualizing / implementing EU funded grant projects, financed e.g. by Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, etc.
  • Experience of conducting trainings on EU funding in international contexts
  • Fluency in English both written and oral
  • Experience in conducting online trainings

The training will be held in English without translation.


Online via Zoom, ENoP will provide Zoom-Software and facilitate technical moderation. Other online platforms can be used based on the Trainer’s experience.

9. DATE and estimated timeline
5 days in total in December 2021 according to availability of the trainer: 3 days of preparation & 2 days of training delivery. The preparation includes compilation of seminar material, designing Powerpoint/Zoom Presentation, conducting Zoom call / email exchange with ENoP to verify whether proposed structure of the workshop meets expectations.
10. Deliverables
  • Receipt of training offer by 30 October 2021
  • Training agenda and presentation of the training concept by 20 November 2021
  • Moderation and facilitation of a 2-day of 3 hours online training via Zoom (in total 6 hours of training plus breaks divided among 2 days in one week)
11. Remuneration and other compensations

Remuneration: offer-based (please indicate net daily fee in your offer)

Travel costs: non-applicable

Hotel accommodation: non-applicable

12. Award criteria

The evaluation team will place an average weight of 60% to the content component and 40% to price offer.

13. Procedure for expression of interest

Experts with the above-mentioned profile are kindly invited to send their CV, outlining their relevant experience, their training concept and their expected overall fee for the preparation and the facilitation of the training. Applications shall be sent to Aleksandra Starčević by 30 October 2021.