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European Partnership for Responsible Minerals - EPRM

The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) is a multi-stakeholder partnership. It has been established to create better social and economic conditions for mine workers and local mining communities, by increasing the number of mines that adopt responsible mining practices in Conflict and High-Risk Areas (CAHRAs).

Call for proposals 2020

Do you have an idea to improve the conditions for miners and mining communities working on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold? Are these mines and communities located 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. Project ideas have to be 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. If you have questions about the Administrative Rules or want to discuss your ideas, please consult the EPRM Secretariat.

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 amount of grant requested 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 quick scan. They advise you whether or not to develop your ideas further and how to do this. Only after submitting the quick scan, can you submit a formal application. If the requested grant amount is more than €340,000, you must have a supply chain actor in the partnership.

The deadline for submitting the quick scan is postponed to 15 June 2020 14:00 CEST.

The deadline for submitting your formal application is postponed to 1 September 2020 14:00 CEST.

Please, note the following: During this phase, the EPRM secretariat can provide advice if you have specific questions about (the interpretation of) the Administrative Rules or want to discuss your ideas.

For more information on the application criteria please visit the EPRM website.

Background information

Three critical changes in the supply system have to be achieved to enable the responsible production of minerals in CAHRAs:

  • there has to be assured demand (from downstream actors),
  • there has to be a transparent supply line from mine to smelters (midstream), and
  • mines have to be reinforced and enabled, technically and financially, to apply best practices in mining.

The international EPRM coalition is developing the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals Fund to support activities within the scope of its mandate. That is, projects designed 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 Netherlands Enterprise Agency serves as the secretariat for EPRM. Please contact EPRM@rvo.nl for more information on how to apply or news around the call for proposal in 2020.

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