30 May 2013

Enhance EU-Turkey relations

Strengthening Civil Society Dialogue between the EU and Turkey-

III Grant Programmes

 Since the official recognition of Turkey as a candidate country in 1999 national and European institutions have intensified the number of bilateral activities with Turkey which fall under the scope of the civil society dialogue. The main goal of these grant programmes is to give opportunity to potential beneficiaries to get familiar with the policies of the European Union concerning political issues both in terms of legislation and implementation and to be prepared for the accession through strengthening the contacts and mutual exchange of experience between all civil society actors on political issues in the Member States and Turkey.
The program, which is divided into a “Political Criteria Grant Program” and a “Media Grant Program,” will finance Turkey and EU media institutions’ and NGOs’ common projects in the two domains.
The priority areas of “Political Criteria Grant Program” are:
• Human rights;
• Anti-discrimination;
• Democracy and Rule of Law.
Media Grant Program” aims to strengthen the capacities of the actors of the media sector and to establish a sustainable dialogue between the actors in Turkey and the EU countries. The specific objectives are:
• Enhanced networking, joint actions and peer-learning between Turkish-EU media and media-related CSOs,
• Shared good practices and promotion of innovative initiatives and media productions between Turkish-EU media and media-related CSOs on EU matters.
The overall amount made available is EURO 9.000.000.
Associations, foundations, media organizations and similar institutions or actors working in these domains in a member state of the EU or Turkey can apply to the grant program.
DEADLINE for submission:
• to the Political Criteria Program: July 5
• to the Media Grant Program: July 12