This march, a seminar on the subject of fundraising for non-profit-organizations from the social sector took place in Brussels. Silke Tosch, who supervises projects in the field of urban and regional development as well as projects from ecclesiastical agencies, participated in this seminar of “Eurodiaconia”. Eurodiaconia, which is based in Brussels, acts in place of 40 European associations from the ecclesiastical and diaconal sector and keeps the communication with the European Commission alive. Eurodiaconia raises its voice for social justice and poverty reduction.
The seminar contemplated the latest trends in the field of subsidies and project management in the situation of EU subsidies more closely. Especially for non-profit-organizations the planning of projects features a huge effort and the search for an appropriate subvention fund proves not to be easy at all times.
Funds for single project agencies are approved rarely. Generally, projects need to be borne by a consortium in order to reinforce the integration within the EU and guarantee the know-how. Transnationality is the magic word. Eurodiaconia assists its members with finding partners.
Within some EU programs there is often just a chance for 20% of fundraising and several programs offer even far less. Therefore, for many project agencies it is less complicated to turn towards national or regional means, which administrate EU fundraising in connection with national or regional funds (cf. funding consultancy INTERREG).
As many volunteers work in the ecclesiastical and diaconal sector, the knowledge of successful project planning is often quite little and one has to practice a lot in order to deliver a project plan that has good chances for fundraising. However, as a speaker comforted, this trains.
A participant from the Czech Republic reported that for her project, which was about the construction of a welfare center for single parents, she delegated the project administration to an external commissioner. Indeed, the costs are almost 10% of the project total, but the project could be completed successfully thereby. No reclaims from the EU were made, the timeframe was met etc. The professionals took charge of all essential concerning the application, payment and documentation, they sustained the indicators and abode by the rules for public relations.
COMPASS already consulted many different projects, accompanied them and moderated change management, in which the project agencies were not only limited to the social sector, but were from diverse fields of activity. In addition, we offer support with regard to further development programs, as ESF, Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020.