On May 28 and 29, MEUSAC 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.
MEUSAC Executives 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.