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EPIM Call for Expressions of Interest – Rethinking Inclusion Unlocking innovative solutions for migrant inclusion and social cohesion with a whole-of society approach EPIM Fund “Building Inclusive European Societies”

Specific Challenge:

The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) has partnered with Impact Hub to identify socially innovative solutions (projects, processes, services, practices) that address inclusion challenges affecting young migrant men (around 18-35 years old) and migrant women with a whole-of-society approach in EU, EFTA or Western Balkan countries. With the call for proposals Rethinking Inclusion, EPIM hopes to support their impact assessment and scalability in a way that can inform European inclusion policies, funding and practice.

Up to 20 shortlisted solutions will participate in a case study analysis where social impact experts will take a closer look at the essence and impact of the solution as well as possible scaling opportunities. Up to 8 solutions will be selected to be matched with stakeholders interested in adopting the solution in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal or Sweden. Selected pairs will be awarded with capacity support grants of up to 30,000 EUR to prepare for the scaling or transfer.

Expressions of interest

The call for expressions of interest is issued to help EPIM identify civil society organisations that have developed promising whole-of-society solutions (project, process, service, practice) in the field of migrant inclusion and that demonstrate an interest in adapting their solution and/or transferring their knowledge to stakeholders based in at least one of the following countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal or Sweden.

Support to selected applicants

  • Step 1: On the basis of the expressions of interest, up to 20 solutions will be selected across Europe to participate in a case study analysis where social impact experts will take a closer look at the essence and impact of the solution as well as possible scaling opportunities. (Multimedia) case studies will be made available to all solutions initiators and can be used as communications and fundraising materials as well as strategic tools to maximize the impact of their work.
  • Step 2: Based on the case studies, up to 8 solutions will be selected to be matched with stakeholders interested in adapting the solution in one of the target countries.
  • Step 3: EPIM will support pairs consisting of the solution initiator and (an) interested stakeholder(s), in developing a proposal for capacity support to prepare for the scaling/transfer of the solution in other (national) contexts.
  • Step 4: Selected pairs will be awarded with grants of up to 30,000 EUR for a timeframe of up to 9 months to prepare for the scaling/transfer of the solution.

All applicants, including those who are not selected, will receive a set of useful resources to increase their knowledge and capacity to improve and scale their projects. All eligible solutions will be featured on the Social Challenges Platform and will also be included in an internal mapping of initiatives that gives them visibility to a group of funders.

In the same framework IED has already implemented several innovative projects which included innovative practices.  If you are interested in applying for this call you could contact us and further discuss the available options.

How to submit:

All applicants eligible for this call are invited to submit an expression of interest by 15 September 2018, 23:59 CET.

The application process will take place in two stages:

Stage 1 – Learn more about the call and start preparing your application! From 15 June to 15 July 2018, click on “Login/Register” to create an account on www.socialchallenges.eu and receive regular updates about the call. In the list of cities, select “Bruxelles EPIM”, click on “Get involved” and follow the instructions. Download the application package and start preparing your submission. In the meantime, feel free to contact us for any question you may have and spread the word.

Stage 2 – Submit your application! From 16 July to 15 September 2018, 23:59 CET, apply online! Applicants submitting an application by July 31st, 2018, will receive first feedback and will have their eligibility checked, giving them the possibility to improve their application based on the feedback until the final deadline of September 15th , 2018.

Eligible applications will be reviewed by EPIM and Impact Hub with the support of internal and external experts approved by EPIM. A final decision will be made by the EPIM Selection Committee by the end of October 2018.

Please note that applications must be submitted in English. We encourage you to consult the Guidelines for the submission of an expression of interest and the Application form before applying.


Vasiliki Soumpenioti
Proposal Writer