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    Promoting HEPA policy measures and actions for refugees

    The massive arrival of refugees is one of the major challenges Europe is facing. Even if housing, food and education must be considered as first priorities, sport and physical activity can play an important role in the integration and well-being of refugees. Promoting sport and physical activity among the refugees population would fill a gap in the EU efforts to ensure better access to sport and physical activity for all socially excluded groups. 

    The general objective of this call is to promote health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) in EU and national policy.
    The specific objective is to promote broader access to the practice of sport and physical activities for refugees.

    The call intends achieve several results, including:
    – Awareness-raising among refugees about the health and social benefits of practicing sport and physical activity;
    – Better well-being and integration of refugees in society through sport and physical activity;
    – Increased knowledge among refugees of European values through participation in sport and physical activity.

    Eligible applicants should be:
    – public or private organisation legally registered in one of the 28 EU Member States, whose principal activity is in the field of sport and physical activity: non-profit sport organisation (private or public), public authorities (national, regional, local); international organisations; sport clubs, universities; educational institutions; research centres; companies.
    Natural persons are not eligible to apply for a grant under this call.

    Eligible activities
    The main activities aimed at the participation of refugees in HEPA activities can include:
    – development, identification, promotion and sharing of good practices about participation of refugees into HEPA activities;
    – preparation, development and implementation of educational and training modules and tools;
    – activities to increase the competences of multipliers in the field of sport and to develop monitoring and benchmarking of indicators, notably as regards the promotion of ethical behaviours and codes of conduct among sportspeople;
    – awareness-raising activities on the added value of sport and physical activity in relation to the personal, social and professional development of individuals;
    – activities to promote innovative synergies between the field of sport and the fields of health, education, training and youth;
    – dissemination actions, conferences, seminars, meetings, events and awareness-raising actions underpinning the aforementioned activities. 

    The total budget for the co-financing of projects is estimated at €600.000,00.
    The maximum amount for each grant will be €60.000,00.
    The Commission reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.

    Implementation period
    Projects can start as from 1st January 2017.
    The maximum duration of projects is 12 months (end date of the projects must be not later than 31 December 2017).
    Applications for projects scheduled to run for a longer period will not be accepted.

    Deadline: 9 September 2016.

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