“You can read a lot online about the EU, but this course helped me to really understand the EU mechanisms and cycles and how important it is to look at the national and multiannual indicative programmes (NIP, MIP) in a country. I can now motivate my local staff members to be more in touch with the EU delegation”.

 

Golden rules in budgets

“I received a lot of guidance on how to fill in the budget template. For instance, I now know that it is important to stick to the “golden rule” that one-third of the costs are for HR, while the rest is for your project. The course also emphasised that we should describe the action or project in as much detail as possible and quantify all aspects where possible”.

 

Relevant added value

“The golden tip that I took from the course is that when you are responding to a call for proposal, try to highlight your organisation’s (or consortium’s) added value and how you can build up or connect to existing or complementing (EU-funded) projects. Subjects like gender, environment and a rights-based approach are really must-haves if you want to show your added value. When you are able to show your relevance in the concept note, you will benefit from it with the full proposal”.

 

Do you also want to learn about the ins and outs of concept notes, full proposals and budget to obtain EU funding? Follow the ‘How to obtain Europe Aid funding’ this coming March and June in Brussels.

*Miriam is a pseudonym, her name is known with MDF.