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Sport as a tool for integration and social inclusion of refugees


Deadline:  07/06/2018 (12 noon Brussels time)

The potential of sport as a tool for social inclusion has now been well documented. Consequently the opportunities that sport projects provide to support social inclusion of refugees in host communities are more and more exploited in many EU Member States.

This call for proposals serves to implement the 2018 Annual Work Program for the implementation of pilot projects in accordance with the Commission Decision C (2018) 1602 of 21 March 2018.

Considering the growing number of refugees aiming to settle in the European Union there is an increasing need for effective integration and social inclusion initiatives.

Beyond concrete actions aiming at integrating refugees through sport, the expected outcomes include:

  •   Promoting the direct engagement of refugees and host communities in strategic locations within the EU

  •   Promoting a Europe-wide approach, increasing the potential for European host communities to successfully engage and integrate refugees through sport.


A main objective of this action is to identify and support good practices in the EU; it is also to promote the development of methods to assess the impact in a systematic and replicable manner. Efforts relating to integration of refugees through sport should be available in a networking platform.


  • Be a public or private organization with legal personality who are active in the sport field and organize sport activities. Natural persons are not eligible to apply for a grant under this call

  • Have their registered legal office in one of the 28 EU member states.

Only applications from legal entities established in EU Member States are eligible.

Implementation period

  •   Activities may not start before 01-01-2019

  •   Activities are to be completed by 31-12-2019.


Applications for projects scheduled to run for a longer period than that specified in this call for proposals will not be accepted.

Budget available

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at 1,400,000 euros.

The EU grant is limited to a maximum co-financing rate of 80% of eligible costs. The appropriations for the subsequent years will be confirmed at a later stage.

The maximum grant will be 60,000 euros.

The Commission expects to fund approximately 25 proposals.

The Commission reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available

Ependysis Business Consultants can prepare you in the submission of the investment file, as well as to help you arrange the partners of the project.

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