Conditions of participation “CALL4Europe”

The call for projects is directed at projects that are seeking their funding on the crowdfunding platform www.respekt.net. Therefore the <media 2278 _blank - "TEXT, Respekt net-terms and conditions of use, Respekt_net-terms_and_conditions_of_use.pdf, 184 KB">terms of use</media> of the platform apply. The detailed terms of participation of the call for projects “CALL4Europe” precede the terms of use in case they contain contradictory regulations or contain none of the following rules.

Background idea of the “CALL4Europe”

Europe arrived at the cross-roads of economic welfare and global competitiveness. Major member countries of the EU are not able to handle the problem of youth unemployment in an effective or acceptable way. In some countries unemployment rates arrive at 30 to 50% among youngsters up to 25 years. A generation might be lost if no better solutions are put into place. On the one hand is Europe described as the sick patient and on the other hand hundreds of thousands of people want to migrate to the European Union. Europe has been offering a very attractive model of peaceful development for many years. Nevertheless, Europe is not finding a common strategy to benefit from the new reality as immigration continent in a constructive way. Social welfare systems will not sustain without immigration. Europe is growing older and older. Young people come from overseas conflict areas. How to deal with non-democratic states in politics but also on the world markets?

Europe is lacking political and economic coordination. Only 1% of the economic performance is being distributed via the EU budget, a large amount of which is used exclusively for agriculture. National states dominate the European Union even after 50 years of the European integration. A resurgence of nationalist trends and parties is threatening growth and development in Europe, as important community achievements of the EU are being prevented. Why is the US leading in IT and internet technologies? Apple, Google, Facebook and so on dominate innovative businesses. A new machine age is expected to have begun already. Is Europe able to foster more innovation aside the cosiness of social welfare subsidies, if nationalist movements are hindering or even preventing European cooperation? Question upon question.

Purpose and target group of the project call

Young people and adults, loose groups as well as associations and clubs are invited to work out ideas how to better handle the European challenges in politics, economy and society. The “CALL4Europe” should bring the issue to a broader public in Austria and neighbouring countries. The call will be carried out in German and English.

Which projects are eligible to participate?

The CALL4Europe is dedicated for new projects which deal with the following issues:

  • How to meet the challenges of globalisation in Europe?
    In the sense of the call these challenges are for example the global competition and new sets of rules such as TTIP, the widening of the gap between poor and rich, the high youth unemployment and youth opportunities in general, the financing of social welfare systems, acts of war and refugee flows, poverty migration, threat of terrorism and restrictions on fundamental rights as well as European policy of peace.

  • How to meet the challenges of an aging society in Europe?
    Projects, which deal with the theory of overageing, with immigration policy, with the financing of social welfare and in particular pension systems or with new forms of living together for the generations, correspond to this topic.

  • How to improve government functioning in Europe and in the EU?
    In this area we expect projects about, for instance, civil society engagement, about more transparency and political participation, about improved political information of citizens, about the further development of EU institutions or about the defence of fundamental democratic rights in Europe.

  • How to educate the public about the shaping of political and economic relations with competitors like China, Russia or Arab countries without giving up European values?
    This issue involves, for instance, the relations of Europe with less or non-democratic countries in the global competition, the identification of the so called „European values“, and projects which deal with international dialogue or with universal human rights.

  • How to foster more innovation in Europe to become a front-runner in modern technology?
    This includes projects, which deal, for instance, with the character of innovation, with innovation policy, with prerequisites for innovation, with the dissemination of innovation or with international comparisons of framework conditions for innovation and new technologies.

Only new projects are accepted. The “CALL4Europe” will accept project types such as any form of civil action, panel discussions or symposia, exhibitions, newspapers, magazines, films, videos, events, theatre plays, photographs, internet platforms or also scientific studies.

All projects should…

  • Directly tackle the issues mentioned above or implications of these issues.
  • Try to have an impact on the public opinion or a wider group of people by providing information, insight or data as well as by calling into attention or by raising awareness for the issues mentioned above
  • Involve more than 3 people that act together as a core project group
  • Be new projects (Implementation of the project has not yet started).
  • Be submitted on the crowdfunding platform www.respekt.net for funding.
  • Meet all minimum requirements of www.respekt.net (see <media 1696 _blank external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">conditions of use of the crowdfunding platform Respekt.net</media>) and the project conditions of the “CALL4Europe”.
  • Have German or English as project language. German projects also need to be submitted with an English translation. This is to ensure a Europe-wide accessibility of all projects.
  • Have a project budget (target budget) of no more than 40,000 EUR, since the maximum doubling donation amounts to 20,000 EUR. Higher project resources need to be covered by own resources or sponsorship.
  • Be submitted for financing on the crowdfunding platform www.respekt.net no later than 18 October 2015.
  • Provide a final project report in English until 16 December 2016. Projects in German have to provide a final report in English in addition to their German final report.

Which projects are NOT eligible to participate?

  • Party-political campaigns.
  • Projects which focus on the influencing of law making or on influencing political authorities or processes (lobbying). This includes campaigns, which are conducted by interest groups such as federations of industries or chambers of labour.
  • Projects which are part of a state agency or state program.
  • Projects conducted by for-profit companies.
  • Schools, universities of applied sciences and universities as well as research institutes are eligible even if they are part of a state or private institution.

Who is eligible to initiate a project?

  • Individuals or loose groups living in the EU
  • Associations and charitable companies, which are registered in the EU.
  • Schools, universities of applied sciences and universities as well as research institutes.

All participants have to provide a legal proof of identity with valid documents (personal ID, proof of registration (residence), extract from the company or association register).

Who is NOT eligible to initiate a project?

  • Organisations whose primary purpose is to influence political processes or prepare political campaigning. This also includes all lobby institutions as well as interest groups or social partners.
  • Political parties and their affiliated organizations.
  • Profit-oriented businesses.

Which projects receive the doubling donation (selection procedure)?

In a first step all projects have to be submitted for crowdfunding on www.respekt.net and fulfil the requirements of the platform. When a project applies for the project call in the course of its submission, a monitoring process is initiated to check whether the project conditions are fully met. If the check was successful, the project will be visibly labelled as participant of the project call. There is no legal entitlement to the admission for the project call.

During the first month of the crowdfunding-phase a jury will assess the projects. The senior advisory board of Respekt.net (Franz Fischler – former EU commissioner, Wolfgang Petritsch – former ambassador and former High Representative of the EU in Bosnia, Franz Karl Prüller – chairman of the board of ERSTE Foundation, Heide Schmidt – former Austrian parliamentarian, and Johannes Voggenhuber – former EU parliamentarian) will act as a jury and decide which projects will get a doubling donation. There is no legal entitlement to the awarding of the doubling donation.

Decision criteria

The decision criteria are an aid to orientation for the jury and the project initiators. The final decision, however, lies with the jury.

  • compliance with the given questions of the call
  • content quality of the project formulation
  • definition of the target group
  • visibility (PR campaign)
  • considerations about cooperation
  • socio-political impact
  • Europe-wide usability or transferability of the project
  • success of crowdfunding on www.respekt.net within the first month
  • number of mobilized fans on www.respekt.net

Crowdfunding-Phase

All projects will be provided with a crowdfunding-phase of at least 10 weeks on www.respekt.net to collect the required project funds. Projects that receive a doubling donation only need to collect 50% of the necessary means. All other projects have to accomplish the whole funding during the crowdfunding-phase. Projects, which are not successful, drop out according to the “all or nothing”-rule of www.respekt.net. The project budget cannot be changed anymore during the crowdfunding-phase.

For projects which receive a doubling donation by the jury’s decision, special rules apply for the financing of the remaining 50% share. These funds have to be collected via the crowd and not via public sponsors or wealthy individual sponsors, at least more than two thirds of it. Also, the project initiators themselves are not allowed to contribute more than one third of the missing funds (being max. 16.6% of the total amount). All donations for the 50% share have to be collected on the crowdfunding platform www.respekt.net. No anonymous donations are accepted.

Any awarded project that is able to fund the 50% share will receive the doubling donation, which amounts to a maximum of 50% of the target budget. “All or nothing” is the clear rule implemented here as well. Only projects, who are able to successfully gather their 50% share during the crowdfunding-phase, will receive the doubling donation. If a project is not able to collect enough money the double donation promise will be removed and offered to a different project. The donators are asked to transfer their donations to other projects. If they do not wish to do so, the donation will be retransferred to the donators.

Implementation-phase & project finalization

Projects successfully funded under the project call have to start their implementation within a period of one month after the notification of their funding.

The final project report has to be uploaded in English on the crowdfunding platform and sent via E-mail to projekte@respekt.net by 16 December 2016 at the latest. Projects from Austria, Germany and German-speaking Switzerland additionally have to provide and upload a final report in German. Projects which do not provide a final report have to refund the donations. These funds will be offered to other compliant project initiators of the project call "CALL4Europe".

Requirements for final project reports:

Projects with a target budget up to 3,000 Euros

  • online final report: compact answers to the predefined set of questions
  • photo documentation: at least 4 photos
  • copies of invoices of all expenses covered by the means collected on Respekt.net
  • clear statement of costs

Projects with a target budget of more than 3,000 Euros

  • online final report: comprehensive answers to the predefined set of questions
  • scope: minimum of 1,500 words
  • photo documentation: at least 10 photos
  • copies of invoices of all expenses covered by the means collected on Respekt.net
  • clear statement of costs

Projects with a target budget of more than 30,000 Euros

  • online final report: comprehensive answers to the predefined set of questions
  • scope: minimum of 2,500 words
  • photo documentation: at least 15 photos
  • copies of invoices of all expenses covered by the means collected on Respekt.net
  • clear statement of costs

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