Winning proposals must be submitted by eligible applicants and must meet our selection criteria.

1. Eligibility Criteria

Non-profit organisations and initiatives from across Europe are eligible to apply for and receive funding.

For example:

Legal status

  • Registered associations
  • Non-profit private limited companies and non-profit entrepreneurial companies
  • Cooperatives
  • Public sector institutions

Practical examples

  • NGOs
  • Clubs
  • Associations
  • Social institutions
  • Arts and cultural institutions
  • Schools, universities and research institutes

We fund non-profit organisations, initiatives and projects from:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Vatican City.

We’re planning to start a non-profit organisation. Can we still apply?
Yes. We particularly encourage newcomers and beginners to apply. The founding of the association or other entity does not need to be complete at the time of application. Where possible we try to help you to establish a non-profit organisation or support you to find a suitable host organisation. A non-profit organization must have been founded by June 2016 at the latest in order to implement the project.

Can we apply as individuals, or as informal groups such as citizens’ initiatives?
Unfortunately we cannot enter into funding contracts with individuals, private initiatives or local citizens’ groups. Funding will be provided on the basis of signed contract between MitOst and a non-profit organisation. However, we are committed to supporting the best and most innovative ideas. Therefore, if your project idea is selected, a non-profit organisation must be established by the start of implementation in 2016 or you must identify and organisation which agrees to legally host your project.

Can commercially-oriented organisations be funded?
Commercially-oriented organisations and project formats that are not recognised as non-profit cannot be funded. For-profit organisations can, however, be involved as project partners as long as the proposed project and applicant are non-profit.

2. Selection Criteria

We are looking for non-profit ideas and initiatives that:

  • strengthen connection and cohesion in Europe. We welcome proposals that support the exchange of people and ideas, and promote international and intercultural understanding. Our goal is to identify critical topics for the further development of a unified Europe and to bring together key groups such as multipliers, stakeholders, activists, administrators, young Europeans and change-makers.
  • are surprising and unconventional. We want to support original approaches and courageous ideas that are oriented towards the current and future needs of Europe’s civil society and citizens. We are looking for ideas that help to design the future, not just manage the status quo.
  • are based on everyday life. We are looking for project ideas that have practical relevance and a clear relationship to the everyday life of people in Europe.

Special attention will be given to ideas that:

  • are based on unusual partnerships.What happens when an architect and a social entrepreneur want to create a better Europe for the next generation? Or when environmental educators talk to social scientists? What about when an established foreign policy think tank works with social innovators? Or when computer programmers organise things with dancers? Activists for the common good with neurobiologists? – Team up with a friend, neighbour or colleague who works on the same topic, but in a completely different field.Connect things that don’t seem to belong together at first glance. Think beyond the borders of languages, countries, generations and, above all, professions and fields of action. We’re particularly interested in ideas and partnerships from organisations and initiatives that are made up of two or more actors outside of typical constellations.

What we are not looking for:

Advocate Europe does not fund proposals such as:

  • a single youth gathering that ends with a meeting with politicians
  • a digital platform on which Europeans can meet (prove to us that there is a strong demand for this)
  • podium discussions or conferences whose purpose and goal are not entirely clear

3. Terms of Use for Funding

What can we use the money for?
Funding can be used for all project-related costs, including personnel and materials. Material costs include travel costs, accommodation and subsistence, service contracts and honoraria (for external trainers, experts, service providers, etc.), and materials for project implementation (equipment, etc.), the presentation of results, public relations and communications.

What can the money not be used for?

  • Stipends and fellowships for individuals
  • Printing subsidies for publications
  • Filling budget shortfalls in public administrations
  • Construction
  • Projects that have a purely event-based character
  • Personal and administrative costs that are not related to the projectProjects that don't correspond to the "Advocate Europe" funding criteria
  • The assumption of temporally unlimited obligations

In what time frame can the money be spent?
Applicants can choose the time frame in which they wish to implement their project. Funding from Advocate Europe can be used between June 2016 and March 2017.

How do we determine the amount of funding?
Funding awarded by Advocate Europe can range from €1 to €50,000. The amount awarded will depend on the idea and the project. A realistic and transparent budget is a precondition for receiving funding. An overview of the most important items to include in the budget can be found in the financial plan template.

Can we apply for co-financing for a larger project or must the total cost of our project not exceed €50,000?
An application for co-financing for project proposal with a total budget of more than €50,000 is possible. In the application we ask for further information about other sources of funding. The important thing is that your ideas correspond to the Advocate Europe selection criteria.

When do we receive the funding?
Individual funding agreements will be concluded between MitOst and the selected winners. These agreements will include a financial plan. You will receive up to 80 percent of the total value of the contract at the beginning of June 2016. The other 20 percent will be transferred after we have checked the final report and financial report.

When do we have to provide evidence about the use of the money? When do we have to supply a financial report?
The winners’ final reports and financial reports (including all original receipts) must be submitted to MitOst by March 30, 2017. For projects with a shorter time frame, reports should be submitted two months before the end of the project. We will require that you submit all receipts and forms digitally as well as in hard copy.