Call for Proposals 'Transforming Narratives and Perceptions about Migrants in Europe'

Call for Proposals 'Transforming Narratives and Perceptions about Migrants in Europe'


While certain broader migration discourses are pan-European, their building blocks are often national narratives. How migrants and refugees are framed and perceived is contextualised by national, regional and local milieus and their resulting stories. These contexts are equally influenced by the existence, size and make-up of migrant communities and demographic diversity as well as their migration and colonial histories, their economies, levels of urbanisation and the governing structures and political establishment in place. 

It is with these thoughts in mind, that this Call for Proposals is framed: to address and shift local and national perceptions on migrants. Through the catalysation of contextualised national coalitions of actorsEPIM seeks to leverage the current mass European support for displaced people, to address national narratives on migrants and refugees by nuancing, challenging and transforming perceptions.

If perceptions of all migrants and refugees can become less polarising, no matter their skin colour, origin, religion or status – if being a migrant or having a migrant background can ultimately be perceived as “normal”, then Europe may be able to live up to its values, again, and everyone living in European nations can benefit from living in more inclusive societies.

Eligible civil society organisations are invited to submit a one-page concept note for a maximum budget of 190,000 EUR and a minimum duration of 18 months, before July 31st 23:59 (CEST).


EPIM Call for Proposals (PDF)


STEP 1: Applicants are invited to submit a short concept note (6000 characters), through the Network of European Foundations’ (NEF) online application system (Link).

STEP 2: Following a rigorous evaluation process that may include site-visits and online interviews, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application and detailed budget.


EPIM will organise two one-hour information sessions on the call for proposals and application process on June 29th (1500 CEST) and July 7th (1100 CEST).

These sessions will be an opportunity for prospective applicants to ask clarification questions on the content and process of the call for proposals.

Please click here to register for one of these sessions and share your questions in advance in writing, by June 26th.

Exceptional queries, not answered at these sessions, may be referred to EPIM Senior Programme Manager, Hrishabh Sandilya:

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