The Programme provides funding to the EUSBSR point to ensure administrative and technical support for the Strategy management. The National Coordinators Group of the Strategy guides the work done by the Strategy point. The Programme funding is granted through a project.
The application for a Strategy point must involve at least two partner organisations from at least two EU Member States of the Programme area. Public authorities at local, regional or national level are, in particular, encouraged to apply as partners. Organisations from the partner countries in the Programme area can join as partners or associated organisations.
All organisations eligible in the Programme can apply, except private-for-profit organisations. Information on the eligibility of partner organisations, requirements for the partnership as well as the legal status of the partners is available in chapter C. In the Programme terms, private-for-profit are profit-oriented legal entities with legal status b) such as:
bodies not fulfilling criteria i. and/or iii. characteristic of ‘bodies governed by public law’ and being private for-profit entities, and
European Economic Interest Grouping.
G.2.3 Activities supported by the Programme
Programme funding supports activities of the Strategy point that provide administrative and technical support to the group of the EUSBSR National Coordinators. In addition, the Strategy point should carry out communication and capacity building activities for the EUSBSR. It should stimulate exchange and sharing knowledge among the policy areas, including cooperation with the partner countries.
G.2.4 Project structure
The activities of a Strategy point can be structured in up to four work packages (WP). Each WP consists of up to five groups of activities. A Strategy point application should outline activities that will be carried out with Programme funding. It needs to describe the role of the National Coordinators group as well as other EUSBSR stakeholders in these activities.
The duration of the project consists of three phases. The contracting phase usually lasts three months. The implementation phase may last up to 36 months. The Monitoring Committee may decide to grant additional implementation time and funding to these projects. The projects follow the change procedure to include additional activities and funding described in chapter L of the Programme Manual. The closure phase usually lasts three months.
The maximum Programme support is set in the call announcement note. Further information on the eligibility and cost categories can be found in chapter G.5 of the Programme Manual.