First ever EU sports funding

May 15, 2009

The first ever EU funding specifically targeting sport is now open for applications. The European Commission has today launched a call for proposals to implement EU 2009 Preparatory Action in the field of sport.

In 2008, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to propose an EU sport programme as well as Preparatory Action in the field of sport as of 2009. The Parliament approved a budget of €6 million for 2009.

Priorities in the 2009 Preparatory Action are:

  1. Providing policy support for the identification of future policy actions in the area of sport through studies, surveys, conferences and seminars
  2. Testing the establishment and functioning of suitable networks and good practices through call for proposals
  3. Promoting greater European visibility at sporting events (two events already identified – 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy and the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Tampere, Finland

Item 2 will support transnational projects promoting:

  • health-enhancing physical activity
  • education and training in sport
  • sport for persons with disabilities
  • gender equality in sport

The budget available for item 2 is € 4,000,000.

EU co-financing will be provided to a maximum of 80% of the total project costs. The external co-financing can be partly made up of contributions in-kind.

Projects must start between 01.12.2009 and 31.03.2010 and end no later than 31.03.2011. The eligibility period for costs will begin on the date specified in the contract, i.e. the project start date.

The deadline for submission of applications to the European Commission is 31.08.2009



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