Call for proposals: €9 million to promote media and culture as vectors for development in the Southern Mediterranean
The European Commission has launched a Call for Proposals worth a total of €9 million for the regional programme "Media and culture for development in the Southern Mediterranean" aimed at promoting media and culture as vectors for development in the Southern Mediterranean region. The reference of the call is EuropeAid/134169/C/ACT/Multi.
The global objective of this Call is to support the development of the media and cultural sectors as a vector for sustainable, economic and human development of the region.
The specific objectives of this Call are to enhance a more independent media sector and a more diverse, professional and sustainable cultural sector in the South Mediterranean Region.
Priority will be given to projects with a real regional dimension (i.e. throughout the ENPI South region) rather than projects proposing a series of similar national activities implemented in different countries of the region.
The Call for Proposals is divided into two lots:
Lot 1 (€3 million): Enhancement of a more independent media sector (online and offline).
Actions under this Lot will contribute to:
• facilitate the development or creation of regional platforms that bring together national authorities, civil society organisations and media representatives
• exchange of good practices at regional/ sub-regional levels for media associations/ organisations
• lead to an increase in audiences for independent media at local and regional levels, including in rural and remote areas
• enhance the role of civil society organisations towards the media
• support the development of training courses for media management
· Media related organisations to benefit from cooperation at regional/ sub regional level to better promote their ideas
· Improved management skills and business models of traditional and new media operators/platforms
· Development of media literacy is developed among segments of populations
Lot 2 (€6 million): Enhancement of a more diverse, professional and sustainable cultural sector.
Actions under this Lot will contribute to:
· Develop capacities and skills of the cultural operators to be more professional and better adapted to a globalised world
· Contribute to increase audiences and access to markets at local and regional levels and raise the interest for investment
· Enhance access to a wider range of cultural goods & services, including the independent ones, especially at regional level
Priority will be given to projects having an impact on rural and remote areas.
· Cultural operators from the Southern Mediterranean countries are more professional and better adapted to a globalised world
· Audiences for cultural productions at local and Mediterranean levels increase and represent a stronger incentive for investors
· Public and private investments in the cultural sector are increased
· A wider public has access to a wider range of cultural goods & services and heritage leading to a reinforcement of the freedom of expression and cultural diversity
Grants requested under the call must fall between a minimum of €1 million and a maximum of €2 million. At least 75% of the grant allocated under Lot 1 and Lot 2 must be redistributed as sub-grants for actions as described here above.
Actions must involve a partnership with at least two co-applicants (in addition to the applicant). In total, the members of the consortium (applicant together with its co-applicants) should be established in at least two different ENPI countries/ territories. In addition, actions must be located in at least six of the following countries/territories: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria and Tunisia. They must have a planned initial duration of between 24 and 36 months.
The deadline for submission of Concept Notes is 20th May 2013.
This call for proposal is a part of the regional programme "Media and culture for development in the Southern Mediterranean" approved by the EC end of 2012. This programme has been allocated a total budget of €17 million over a four-year period, of which €9 million is for the award of grants on a co-financing basis (under this call for proposals) and €8 million for one capacity-development mechanism on media and one capacity-development mechanism on culture (two service contracts awarded under calls for tenders to be published shortly).