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Published on: 7 February 2020 | Changed on: 07 February 2020

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) is launching a new round of call for proposals.

Companies, NGOs, public or semi-public organisations and knowledge institutions can submit their project ideas, designed to improve the ability of artisanal and small-scale mines to apply responsible mining practices.

Main focus

The projects funded by EPRM should contribute to the vision and ambitions of EPRM. Therefore projects should support to:

  • Improve working conditions and improve the standard of living for artisanal and small-scale miners in CAHRAs;
  • Improve the responsible production of minerals/metals at artisanal and small-scale mining sites;
  • Stimulate the trade of responsible ASM minerals sourced from CAHRAs;
  • Prepare artisanal and small-scale miners, supply chain actors and the governments of mining countries in CAHRAs for the implementation of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation.

This round has no specific geographical focus, but the activities should take place in a CAHRA. For more detailed application criteria, eligible costs and ranking criteria, please read the Administrative Rules.

Who can apply?

Grants are for partnerships, on behalf of which a lead party applies for the grant. A partnership consists of a minimum of two partners, of which one is preferably a supply chain actor. If the partnership does not contain a supply chain actor, please explain how supply chain actors are to be engaged. If the requested grant amount is more than €340,000, the participation of a supply chain actor in the partnership is mandatory. The role of the lead party can be fulfilled by any of the partners. Applicants can be registered in any country.

Quick scan

If you want to apply, please submit a quick scan first. The quick scan will allow you to pitch your idea. One of our EPRM advisors will assess your idea. They will advise you whether or not to develop your ideas further and how to do this. During this phase, the EPRM Secretariat can advise you if you have specific questions about (the interpretation of) the Administrative Rules or if you want to discuss your ideas. The deadline for the quick scan is 23 March 2020 14:00 CET.

More information

Do you need inspiration? Have a look at other EPRM funded projects.

More details about the objectives, criteria and the procedure can be found in the Administrative Rules.

For more information and the applications forms, please visit the EPRM website.

Background

EPRM is a multi-stakeholder partnership, aiming to increase the proportion of responsibly-produced minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. It supports the socially responsible extraction of minerals that contributes to local development.

EPRM focuses on four conflict minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. These minerals are in high demand because they have a range of applications in important technical sectors, including ICT, automobiles, health care, electronic devices, aerospace, defence and telecommunications.