On May 28 and 29, MEUSAC and EDIC Valletta organised two online sessions through Zoom on capacity building.
The EU Funding team at MEUSAC assists organisations tap into and apply for EU funds and these sessions will help those organisations who intend applying for EU funds in their project development phase. More than 480 projects, which works out at 60 million euros in funds, were awarded to organisations who turned to MEUSAC for assistance since 2008. This number reflects the successful projects not the number of those who asked for assistance.
During the first session, Mr Kurt Cortis from the EU Funding team gave an in-depth explanation of what is required for a project to materialise, including establishing a start and end date for a project, including the objectives that need to be reached before the project comes to an end. Although there are a lot of projects out there that are EU-funded, he added, each and every project is a unique one. They emphasised on the importance of a SWOT analysis.
Each project has four phases. The first two phases were discussed during these sessions, that is the initiation stage and planning stage. It was explained that MEUSAC’s website provides all the relevant information on EU funding opportunities. The call for proposals is a document that one needs to go through before applying for EU funds. All projects are co-financed so it is important to determine what is the co-financing rate as it may vary from one project to another.
During the second and final round of the online sessions on project development, Mr Andrea Camilleri from the EU Funding team explained that MEUSAC engages in a good number of one-to-one meetings with project leaders each and every year. He spoke about youth exchanges and town-twinning calls, whereby youth exchanges focuses on youth as the name implies, while town twinning applies for people of different ages. When asked whether youth exchanges are available on a regular basis, he said that there are three deadlines for this year: February, April and October. Mr Camilleri emphasised on the importance of looking at the timelines, whether it is about conducting a SWOT analysis, writing the project proposal itself or signing partner MOUs, among others. He added that organisations can contact MEUSAC with any questions they may have on calls for proposals, project ideas or any other EU funding information.
In view of the overwhelming response for the first two sessions, a third online session was organised on June 18. Once more, the aim of this meeting was to show the ropes to those engaging in an EU-funded project – from start to finish – and very important tips to keep in mind.