A Deeper Understanding of the European Funds’ Call

by the NGO’s Perspective



By Giuseppe Gagliardi

SKEMA Business School

Paris, France



NGO and civil society organisations are a natural target group eligible for a vast part of EU funding, as they are involved in many areas covered by EU policies on a non-profit basis, a precondition for receiving funding from EU coffers. This paper was developed with the main goal of identify some of the focal points required by EU commission and by going thought them compare some of the most important EU grants. With the use of analytical tools as the Theory of Constraints and the MADM method it was possible to define a partial framework of some interests for all the non-governmental bodies which would like to address the own project to the EU funds.

The results presented were successful mostly for one of the four funds studied, which has answered in a comprehensive way to the milestones’ analysis. On the basis of this result, it was so possible to present a list of consideration and “best practices” appropriate for all the beneficiaries of the Horizon2020 fund.

Keywords: NGO, European Union, Public Funds, Grant Management, Horizon2020, EaSI, Europen Social Funds, Eurostars, Single funding, Multi-participants, Current Reality Tree


In a political environment which is becoming increasingly hostile to the civic action, the European Union, with its supranational nature on political as well as economical themes, needs to confirm the important roles played by Non-governmental Organization and increase its financial support for their work. That was stated during the last plenary meeting of the EESC (European Economic Social Committee).

This confirm the remarkable role that NGOs are gaining on the continental scene regarding the development and realization of democracy and human rights and of the equally contribution of NGOs to cultural life and social well-being of democratic societies. These multiple and different organizations operate in the optic of the Europe 2020 strategy; which is the EU’s agenda for growth and jobs for the current decade. [2] Unfortunately the public awareness regarding their accountability, approach and performance, not necessarily follows the importance given by governmental bodies.

This paper may be seen as an attempt to bring into focus how NGOs operate and sustain themselves on the basis of European Community regulations. This breakdown laid the foundations to understand how the organizations acquire their registration to operate and access to public funding. The basics for seeking grants and other funding, represent the lifeblood of voluntary self-governing bodies established to pursue non-profit making objectives. They are a natural target group eligible for a part EU funding, as they are involved in many areas covered by EU policies on a non-profit basis, a necessary condition for receiving funding from the Union. [3]


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Editor’s note: Student papers are authored by graduate or undergraduate students based on coursework at accredited universities or training programs.  This paper was prepared as a deliverable for the course “International Contract Management” facilitated by Dr Paul D. Giammalvo of PT Mitratata Citragraha, Jakarta, Indonesia as an Adjunct Professor under contract to SKEMA Business School for the program Master of Science in Project and Programme Management and Business Development.  http://www.skema.edu/programmes/masters-of-science. For more information on this global program (Lille and Paris in France; Belo Horizonte in Brazil), contact Dr Paul Gardiner, Global Programme Director [email protected].

How to cite this paper: Gagliardi, G. (2018). A Deeper Understanding of the European Funds’ Call by the NGO’s Perspective, PM World Journal, Volume VII, Issue IX – September.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/pmwj74-Sep2018-Gagliardi-deeper-understanding-of-european-funds-call-student-paper.pdf


About the Author

Giuseppe Gagliardi

Paris, France




Giuseppe Gagliardi is currently enrolled in MSc Project and Programme Management and Business Development provided by Skema Business School. His previous education presents a bachelor degree in Economics from Università di Roma Tor Vergata. From January 2018 he will be enrolled in MS Green Policy by Kaist College of Business in Seoul. This supplementary specialization is addressed to acquire necessary expertise to cope with climate change and energy shortage challenges; which associated with the professional certifications achieved in Skema will prepare the author to face global businesses on international projects. For the past few years, he has gained experience in different sectors as the duty free and travel retail industry (DFWC) and on television development projects (Sky Arte).

Giuseppe Gagliardi can be contacted at [email protected] or via Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/giuseppe-gagliardi-5a3592122/