The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM): Inviting applications for ‘European Partnership for Responsible Minerals Fund 2018’ to support activities that help improve conditions in and around tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) mines and for miners in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs).

Funding brief: The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) has published a new Call for Proposals to support activities that help improve conditions in and around tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) mines and for miners in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs). From 14 August 2018, companies, NGOs, public or semi-public bodies and knowledge institutions can submit their ideas for projects that are linked to the mineral supply chain from CAHRAs.

This Call is specifically aimed at improving practices of artisanal and small-scale mines in CAHRAs to produce responsibly and to provide access to markets for these responsibly produced 3TG minerals. For this Call for Proposals, preferred projects will:
● Create a strong and sustainable link with the supply chain (for example by providing or increasing market access, due diligence and/or traceability); and/or
● Include supply chain actors in the project (upstream, midstream and downstream companies); and/or
● Contribute to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment; and/or
● Have the potential for long-lasting impact in and around mines and mining communities and project scalability.

Activities could include promoting acceptable working conditions, promoting fair remuneration, prohibiting child labour and avoiding the use of toxic substances.

Compared to the previous round of Call for Proposals, this round has no specific geographical focus. Applications must be made by partnerships involving at least one company and partners must provide an own contribution, either cash or in-kind.

Donor Name: The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM)
Funding name: European Partnership for Responsible Minerals Fund 2018

Deadline:
● Formal applications can be submitted from 18-10-2018 until 22-11-2018.
● Opening date quick scan: 14-08-2018
● Deadline quick scan submission: 18-10-2018 14.00 CEST
● Deadline formal application: 22-11-2018 14.00 CET

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● 
The total budget available for this Call is €2.4 million.
● The grant amounts to a maximum of 70% of the eligible costs per application with a maximum of €340.000.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Activities must start no later than 01-09-2019 and end no later than 01-09-2022.

Project duration: The activities for which grant funding is sought must have a duration of at least 12 months and no longer than 36 months.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● 
Grants are intended for partnerships, on behalf of which a lead party applies for the grant. A partnership consists of a minimum of two partners, of which at least one must be a company. Other partners can be NGOs, public or semi-public bodies, or knowledge institutions. The role of lead party can be fulfilled by any of the partners. Applicants can be registered in any country.

● Grants are intended for partnerships, on behalf of which a lead party applies for a grant.
● A partnership consists of a minimum of two partners of which at least one is a company. The companies participating in the partnership are part of the minerals supply chain; this means that, for example, companies that mainly provide advisory services cannot be part of the partnership.
● The partnership must be balanced, meaning that all partners are necessary to achieve the objective of the project for which a grant is requested.
● The role of lead applicant is fulfilled by any of the partners.
● The lead party has at least three employees (including managers) and the average annual turnover over the last three calendar years, preceding the year in which the application is submitted, is a minimum of €200,000.

● In order to qualify for a grant, the lead party must prove that he and his partners endeavour to prevent serious (sexual) misconduct and other serious forms of unacceptable behaviour towards employees and third parties in the execution of the activities to which the application relates, and to bring it to an end as soon as possible and mitigate its consequences if it occurs.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: eprm@rvo.nl

Other important link:
● Guideline:
 English:  Click to view
 Dutch: Click to view
● Form (Quick scan form): Click to view
● About: Click to view
● Threshold criteria: Click to view
● FAQ: Click to view

How to apply: The application process consists of two phases. During the first phase, from 14-08-2018 until 18-10-2018, a quick scan is submitted by your organisation or by the lead party on behalf of your organisation. The quick scan is compulsory before submitting a formal application. The quick scan will be assessed by one of the assigned EPRM advisors, who will make a recommendation on whether or not to develop your ideas further and how to do this. Formats of the quick scan can be downloaded through the link below and, once completed, can be sent to eprm@rvo.nl . While it is required to submit the quick scan and the formal application in English, it is possible to additionally submit documents in French or Spanish when preferred.

After the quick scan phase, from 18-10-2018 until 22-11-2018, it is possible to submit a formal application including a full proposal. Applications will be ranked based on the total number of points awarded in the assessment of the ranking criteria. The applications that meet the criteria best will be given priority in the award of the grants. The mandatory and explanatory documents can be found under ‘Downloads & links’. A more detailed description of the programme and procedures for the second Call for Proposals can be found in the Administrative Rules.

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