Do you have an idea for a project to improve the conditions for miners and mining communities working on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs)? The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) has launched a new round of Call for Proposals.
From 14 August 2018, companies, NGOs, public or semi-public bodies and knowledge institutions can submit their project ideas, designed to increase responsible mining practices and to improve the technical and financial ability of artisanal and small-scale mines in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The total budget available for this Call is €2.4 million.
This Call is specifically aimed at improving responsible practices among artisanal and small-scale mines in CAHRAs, helping them to produce responsibly and providing access to markets for these responsibly produced 3TG minerals.
For this Call for Proposals, preferred projects will:
- create a strong and sustainable link with the supply chain (for example by providing or increasing market access, due diligence and/or traceability); and/or
- include supply chain actors in the project (upstream, midstream and downstream companies); and/or
- contribute to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment; and/or
- have the potential for long-lasting impact in and around mines and mining communities and project scalability.
Activities could include promoting acceptable working conditions, promoting fair remuneration, prohibiting child labour and avoiding the use of toxic substances.
Compared to the previous round of Call for Proposals, this round has no specific geographical focus. Applications must be made by partnerships involving at least one company and partners must provide an own contribution, either cash or in-kind.
Grants are intended for partnerships, on behalf of which a lead party applies for the grant. A partnership consists of a minimum of two partners, one of which must be a company. The role of lead party can be fulfilled by any of the partners and applicants can be registered in any country.
If you want to apply, please submit a quick scan first. The quick scan will allow you to pitch your idea in a preliminary phase and will be assessed by one of our EPRM advisors, who will give a recommendation on whether or not to develop your ideas further and how to do this. After the quick scan, it is possible to submit a formal application.
Do you need inspiration? Have a look at the seven projects that were funded in the previous round of Call for Proposals.
More details about the objectives, criteria and the procedure can be found in the administrative rules.
For more information and the applications forms, please go to Call for Proposals 2018 page.
This project is co-funded by the European Commission.