Third call generates quantity and quality !
The Third Call for Proposals turned out to be the biggest one
so far. There were thirty-three project applications which were submitted by the
deadline of April 7th. This was an indication that the Programme is maturing and
that project promoters have had enough time to consolidate their partnerships
and develop a project proposal that was ready to be submitted.
The second remark of this round of project applications was an
overall improvement of the quality of proposals. First of all, the content of
the projects was on average more elaborated than in the previous calls. The
partnerships appear to have stronger links possibly because by now they have had
on average more time to meet and discuss their issues. The objectives of the
projects were clearer, the issues and actions as well as the budgetary details
were more thoroughly described. There appears to be a better understanding of
the application procedure and the Programme requirements.
Another novelty was that a number of new organisations appeared
in the list of partners, for example Belfast appeared for the first time as a
Lead Partner. On the other hand, a lot of projects applied under previously less
popular Measures, such as 4.2 for example. There appears to be a more balanced
distribution of projects across the geographical and thematical range of the
Programme after the Third Call.
It is believed that the overall improvement in the quality of
projects and the geographical distribution of partners can be partly attributed
to the intensified communication strategy of the Programme in the past months.
There have been a number of targeted events organised by the JTS but also by
national and regional authorities across the NWE. This rigorous effort to
promote the Programme and to explain its objectives and practicalities to the
wider public is expected to bear even more fruits in the coming Calls.