The EU makes hundreds of millions of euros available each year through its various grant programmes. If you’re interested in applying for EU funding, a good starting point is to become familiar with the policy area that covers the activity you’re trying to get funding for. These policy areas are available at the EU Budget site.
Each policy area issues its own “Calls for Proposals”. These Calls are in effect invitations to apply for grants. A list of policy areas with links to their Calls for Proposals is available at the Grants of the European Union site. Alternatively, all Calls are also published daily in the Official Journal of the European Union.
It might also be useful to be familiar with the current EU budget; information is available at the Financial Programming and Budget site.
A large amount of EU funding is distributed via three programmes:
- the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) – for agriculture
- the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) – for research and development
- the Structural Funds – for regional support
If you think your application could be related to one of these three areas, it may be worth researching further.
The European Information Association (EIA) has a useful page about EU funding, with links to various resources.
Access to finance is vital in order to start or expand a business, and the EU provides finance for small firms in different forms – grants, loans, and in some cases, guarantees. In addition, the EU funds specific projects. EU funding can be divided into two categories:direct funding through grants; indirect funding through national and local intermediaries.
Find out more about which type of funding suits your needs and how to apply for it. http://ec.europa.eu/small-business/funding-partners-public/finance/
This site will help you to apply for finance supported by the European Union. To access EU finance, click on your country to locate banks or venture capital funds that provide finance supported by the EU.
Also check out the business support pages http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/finance-support/business-support/index_en.htm
Leeds business can access funding through the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership http://business.leedscityregion.gov.uk/support/funding/
Education and training funding:
EU actions in education and training aim to improve the quality of learning systems and provide greater opportunities for people at all stages of their lives. While each Member State is in charge of its own education and training system, co-ordinated action can help achieve common aims. The European Commission focuses on two aspects – firstly, co-operation with national authorities on improving policies, and secondly the development and administration of funding programmes.
Erasmus for All is the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport from 2014: http://ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus-for-all/index_en.htm
Language funding http://ec.europa.eu/languages/funding/
University Fees and financial help http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/education/university/fees-and-financial-help/index_en.htm
Traineeships Financial support http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/education/traineeships/financial/index_en.htm
Researchers Grants and Jobs
Scholarships and grants