The European Commission has recently opened four calls for project proposals in the field of sport.
Each year, beyond the Erasmus+ Sport Chapter, the EU Commission opens new call for proposals focused on sport. Recently, four of them have been published, whose deadlines are from 1st June to 1st July. Let’s have a look at them.
Sport as a tool for integration of refugees (2020)
The potential of sport as a tool for social inclusion has now been well documented. Consequently the opportunities that sport projects provide to support social inclusion of refugees in host communities are more and more exploited in many EU Member States.
As sport is one of the tools that might be used for the successful integration of refugees, local sport projects in particular may have an increasing role in trying to facilitate refugees’ integration into new communities. Across the European Union, at Member States’ level or within European Union programmes, a wide range of initiatives have been taken and innovative projects are already being implemented. This Preparatory Action is a contribution to this effort and to a better integration of refugees through sport.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 1 JUNE 2020 (12.00 noon CET)
Exchanges and mobility in sport (2020)
Sport is a powerful tool, bringing people together at international, national, regional and local levels, and developing people-to-people contacts. Cooperation, partnerships and exchanges at grassroots level – inside the EU as well as with non-EU countries – can contribute to the development of new skills and positively influence societal changes. Moreover, sport organisations at all levels are by nature open to international cooperation.
This preparatory action aims to contribute to the efforts of sport organisations by supporting the learning mobility of their staff. Exchanges of people, ideas and good practices can be beneficial for the individuals, for their organisations and for sport and society as a whole.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 11 JUNE 2020 (12.00 noon CET)
Monitoring and coaching, through sports, of youngsters at risk of radicalisation (2020)
Sport can play a role in dealing with the challenge of tackling radicalisation, of making people better integrated in society and may therefore contribute to enhance values such as tolerance, integration and intercultural dialogue.
At the initiative of the European Parliament, this Preparatory Action aims at supporting sport-related projects organised by sport organisations, especially umbrella sport organisations, aiming at the prevention of radicalisation. In particular, it will focus on the practise of sport and physical activity as a tool to promote a better integration of populations at risk of exclusion and radicalisation in the society in which they are leaving.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 22 June 2020 (12 noon CET)
Grassroots sport programmes and infrastructure innovation (2020)
The practice of sport and physical activity in Europe traditionally takes place in the framework of sport clubs and organisations. These traditional structures organise sport practices in accordance with stable rules (“the rules of the game”). In many cases, large and costly sport facilities were generally the environment where those practices were organised. However, nowadays individual needs and preferences regarding sport are evolving rapidly.
This preparatory action aims to give the opportunity to sport organisations to develop and promote new forms of practicing sport and physical activity through the adaptation of the infrastructure and/or the offer of sport activities/programmes. This includes the development of new forms of sport and physical activities, the communication about these activities and their benefits as well as the development of small, recreational sport facilities.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 1 July 2020 (12 noon CET)