Call for Proposals in Italy: NEVER ALONE, for a feasible tomorrow

The Italian Foundations Fondazione Cariplo, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione con il Sud, Enel Cuore, Fondazione CRT, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo and Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena have published the call for proposal “NEVER ALONE, for a feasible tomorrow. Reception and support for unaccompanied children and youth reaching Italy alone”. This fund in Italy is part of the EPIM Sub-Fund on long-term prospects and protection of children on the move in Europe. The deadline for applications is 16 May 2016.
More information on the details of the call for proposals can be found at Fondazione Cariplo’s website (in Italian) and in short below:

Aims and areas of intervention
The aim of the call for proposals is to strengthen and innovate how to take charge of unaccompanied minors (UAMs) for integration and autonomy and to ensure full respect of minors’ rights and attention to individualised needs.
Help and support will be provided to projects based on collaboration between third sector organisations and public bodies, especially local ones, at the front line in taking charge of UAMs in various areas: reception, education, training, work, help with housing autonomy, psychological support, legal aid.
The organisations promoting this intend to support a limited number of projects over several years that are aimed at strengthening multidimensional ways to take charge of unaccompanied minors and that can guarantee long-term effective and inclusive support.

Projects must invest in one or more of the following areas in order to be eligible for funding:

  • Defining ways to help achieve autonomy as adults;
  • Boosting and spreading guardianship systems;
  • Fostering and encouraging voluntary tutors;
  • Reception and support for girls.

Who is eligible for the call?
The call is aimed at public-private partnerships made up of at least three parties with proven experience in reception and inclusion of minors and/or migrants/seeking asylum.

Application and selection process
There are two phases to the call:

(1) During the first phase partnerships may present a project idea through their leading organisations no later than 16 May 2016 based exclusively on the indications set out in the application guide;
(2) In the second phase, limited to project ideas actually selected, partnerships may present final and detailed projects through their leading organizations and according to the indications set out in the application guide.

Budget and duration 
The budget set aside for the call is €3,500,000.
The project idea must estimate the cost of the project, bearing in mind that:

  • Application for contributions must not exceed 70% of total costs and must be no less than € 150,000 and no more than €700,000;
  • Duration of interventions must be between 18 and 36 months.