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Brussels, 2 March 2010

EU Aid Programme for Turkish Cypriot Community

Launching of the “SCHOOLS’ initiative for innovation and changes” Grant scheme

The fourth Call for Proposals under the EU “Schools’ Initiative for Innovation and Change” Grant Scheme will provide grants of between € 10.000 and € 50.000 to pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in the northern part of Cyprus. Only schools that have not received a grant under any of the three previous Calls for Proposals are eligible to apply. Overall, up to € 500.000 will be available.

The grant scheme will offer support to the modernisation of the Turkish Cypriot community’s education sector by funding a range of activities including, amongst others, training courses, study visits, upgrading of materials and equipment. The aim of such activities is to promote the development of modern teaching and learning methods, to raise the capacity of teachers, to improve the overall management of the educational system and to encourage networking between stakeholders.

The grant scheme consists of two Strands: Strand A covers small-scale upgrading projects, whereas Strand B aims at long-term and capacity raising projects. Pre-primary, primary and secondary schools can jointly apply for activities under Strand A and B, if such partnership is considered as bringing an added value or higher cost-efficiency.

Full information and application package

The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation on the following internet site:

( please select “Advanced Search”, "Geographical zone" " Cyprus ", tick on " OPEN " and " Grants " to obtain the open Calls for Proposals).

The deadline for submission of proposals is 20 April 2010, 16:00 Central European Time (17:00 local time) .

Training courses for interested schools will be organised throughout March and April 2010.

The exact time and location of the training sessions will be forwarded to all pre-, primary and secondary schools through local contact points.

Contact person for the” Schools’ Initiative for Innovation and Change IV” Grant Scheme:

Daniela Huhmann at , tel. +32 4989 87775

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