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Official Journal of the European Communities

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All the following documents: — an official letter requesting a financial contribution, — Sheet 1: identity of the proposer (plus articles of association), — Sheet 2: information about the project, — Sheet 3: financial details, must be sent in four copies in A4 format and printed in one of the official languages of the European Union on one side of the page only. Facsimiles and applications that are incomplete or submitted in several parts will not be accepted. To be considered as valid, the offer must conform to the following requirements: 1. Four copies of the submission must be in an inner, sealed envelope contained within a second, outer sealed envelope.

2. Both these envelopes must be marked as follows: Call for projects No DG XI.C2/AP2/98 From: (Company name)

3. Self-sealing envelopes which can be opened and re-sealed without leaving any trace must not be used.

4. Offers should be received, at the latest, by 15 October 1998 and may be submitted by: — registered post (not express) — the preferred method — to the above address, — courrier service to the address mentioned above, — by hand to the secretariat at the address mentioned above.

Call for proposals for the implementation of the ‘Local social capital’ pilot project (98/C 238/09)

I. Aim and definition of scope of trial

1. For the purposes of this call for proposals, ‘Local social capital’ means an intermediary organisation, operating at regional or at local level, capable of providing backup for people who pool their resources with a view to carrying out micro-level projects which promote employment and social cohesion. The following illustrates the thinking behind this operation and its objectives:

in a way which people locally will understand and find accessible, and which will help to meet the needs of the people involved in the micro-level projects. The peace initiative in Northern Ireland can provide similar experience, where the cooperative management arrangements have themselves had positive effects on the social environment and in promoting mutual understanding among local communities;

(a) the overriding idea is to design and set up a body which can relate to the experience of people intending to run micro-level projects. Local communities should not be treated as passive recipients of aid, but as independent players with an active part in the local network the intermediary body will set up. This means that it is essential to develop a scheme which can operate

(b) the second important factor is that the intermediary body should itself make a real contribution to the social reintegration of the most disadvantaged groups in its area. The role of the local social capital pilot would be to seek ways of influencing the socio-economic environment so as to encourage new aspirations and to explore new ideas in order to shape them into projects which will have an impact on employment and on social cohesion locally.

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II. Intermediary management sructure 2. The management of the local social capital in each Member State will be assigned to intermediary structures, in receipt of the global grant, which can operate at regional/local level: they will be selected via this call for proposals which is open only to non-profit-making organisations and consortia already in existence set up by the said organisations. In view of the budget available (approximately ECU 25 000 000), the Commission envisages selecting a limited number of intermediary organisations in each Member State, affording priority to organisations located in districts or zones with serious exclusion and long-term unemployment problems. The average grants to the intermediary structures will total ECU 1 000 000. The maximum amount which may be authorised (in exceptional circumstances) will be ECU 2 000 000. The intermediary organisations responsible for channeling funds to the project promoters will be required to provide joint funding which may not be less than 15 % of the grant applied for. 3. The organisations invited to submit a proposal with a view to receiving a global grant must have: (a) local knowledge of the area so that they can act as focal points for new initiatives; (b) the necessary expertise to set up transparent financial channels suited to the needs of the project promoters and also a selection and monitoring system entailing active participation by all the persons receiving support from the intermediary structure; (c) the experience and skills in terms of human resources needed to stimulate initiative and help

local groups to transform their ideas into operational projects. In short, the organisations interested in taking on the tasks of the intermediary structure must come up with answers to questions such as: — what steps should be taken to give confidence and real prospects of success to all individuals wishing to launch their own project for integration into the world of work? — what role should the local backup structure fulfil from the viewpoint of the local groups? — which practices are the most appropriate for setting in place arrangements accessible to the parties concerned under conditions they find suitable?

III. Submission procedure 4. Detailed information on this call for proposals (documentation indicating the information to be provided by applicants and the admissibility criteria) may be obtained from the following address: Mr D. Coyne European Commission, DG V/A/4, B timent JII 27 3/094, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Brussels. Tel. (32-2) 296 14 38/(32-2) 299 36 88 Fax (32-2) 296 97 78 e-mail: fse-art6 Internet: The final date for requesting the documentation pack is 15 September 1998. Applications are to be forwarded to the same address no later than 15 October 1998 (date as postmark).