Call for proposals - Pilot project on cooperation between public authorities, commercial firms and social enterprises for social inclusion and integration into the labour market VP/2011/012 Closed!


The objective of this call for proposal is to set up pilot projects intended to promote innovative models for cooperation and partnership between public institutions and commercial and social enterprises. The aim is to create specific partnerships intended to increase effectiveness and geared towards identifying, measuring and approving good practices which are likely to be reproduced in other EU countries and regions.

The particular goals to achieve are the following:

  • foster greater active commitment on the part of the business world in terms of corporate social responsibility, particularly in local communities;
  • propose effective solutions to socio-economic problems affecting various specific areas and target groups;
  • produce measurable results in terms of the integration of vulnerable groups.


The projects submitted in this call for proposals must focus on the following priority themes (an application may cover more than one theme):

A. Evaluation and modelling of innovative social structures, new relationships between employers and workers and between various civil society actors in order to ascertain to what extent such structures can be transposed into other segments of European society.

B. Improvement in matching the needs and demands of for-profit enterprises to the supply of services from social enterprises, in particular through access to supply and demand.

C. Dissemination of successful cases of strengthening cooperation between public authorities, for-profit enterprises and social enterprises.

D. Stock-taking and analysis of the social impact of social economy activities on the basis of actual examples in order to improve policy-making.

E. Access to credit (including microcredit) and tax relief tailored to the social economy.

By way of example, the proposed partnerships could carry out activities such as:

  • development and testing of innovative working methods or instruments;
  • actions to raise visibility and awareness of the social economy and corporate social responsibility;
  • training, information and advice schemes;
  • organisation of peer reviews, round tables, exchanges of experience and best practices;
  • case studies, including comparative studies of the situation in different Member States;
  • transfer between sectors, regions and countries or mainstreaming of existing successful practices and instruments:
  • seminars, conferences and other means of communication to disseminate findings.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 November 2011 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche VP/2011/012 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries

Directorate-Generale responsible


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