Update on European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals

The Home Office has announced changes to the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals (EIF) call for proposals timetable, which are due to reallocate resources to meet the tight timetable to develop the framework for the new Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF), which is expected to start in early 2014.

The Home Office has taken the decision that they need to have the AMF up and running at the earliest practicable date in order to ensure that the UK is able to use this new funding stream, to allow the implementation of programmes on integration, resettlement of refugees, etc, without significant disruption.

The new timetable for the EIF call for proposals is:

  • Opening date – 17 September
  • Closing date for questions – 13 January 2014
  • Closing date for applications – 20 January 2014
  • Notification of first stage outcomes – Week commencing 10 March 2014
  • Notification of second stage outcomes – Week commencing 28 April 2014
  • Expected start date – On or after 19 May 2014.

The minimum EIF grant available for each project has also been reduced to:

  • Minimum grant over project lifetime - £100,000
  • Total minimum project cost for 50 percent grant - £200,000
  • Total minimum project cost for 75 percent grant - £133,334.

Relevant changes have been made to the application guidance, which is available at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsfragments/76-eif.

Please note that this will be the last EIF call for proposals in the 2007-2013 programming period. The next call for proposals will take place in 2014 under the AMF framework.