A few days before the first training session of our project, that will take place on September 11, at 09.00, in the Holiday Inn Hotel in Nicosia (Cyprus), the Thematic Guides of the project are already in the final stage of their preparation (for the time being only in Greek).
But what’s the use of the Thematic Guides? Anyone who has tried even once to look for an EU programme in order to fund an activity of a local or regional authority, will be able to understand: The European Union has dozens of programmes from which one could raise funds, but there is no one website or publication where all these pro-grammes are presented together in a simple and comparative way. Thus, finding the appropriate funding programme becomes a very difficult endeavour, which can often only be overcome with the -usually costly- help of a knowledgeable individual (employee or consultant).
The Thematic Guides of the Pro-I3T project, not only solve this problem by bringing together all EU funding programmes in one place, but can also help you choose the most suitable one for your action, understand its function and logic and ultimately make a project proposal in order to receive funds.
To see how this can be achieved, we should take a look at the four chapters, that each guide comprises:
- The first chapter of each guide contains information on the structure and functioning of the EU. The usefulness of this chapter is substantial, as the understanding of the entity that will co-fund your activities, is vital in order to actually persuade them to finance you.
- The second chapter of each guide contains a presentation of the “Europe for Citizens” programme and explains how an idea for a project or action could be correctly formulated and co-funded by the programme. “Europe for Citizens” can finance simple activities of towns and their citizens, which may touch upon almost all the sectors of daily life. It is therefore a programme which forms an excellent starting point for those seeking funds for their actions.
- The third chapter of each guide contains a complete list of all other European programmes that could co-finance an action and
- The fourth chapter contains a detailed methodology on how to prepare and submit a successful project proposal.