Project funding from the EU Home Affairs Funds (EUSA)
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The EU’s Home Affairs Funds are the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF), which is divided into the instrument for financial support for external borders and visa, and the instrument for financial support for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime and crisis management.
In 2014–2020, the purpose of these funds is to develop the area of freedom, security and justice without borders in the EU. It is estimated that Finland will receive approximately EUR 150 million of funding during the programming period of these funds.
Each fund has a national programme and a detailed national implementation plan that last the entire programming period. Funding is granted to projects or activities that enforce the objectives set out in the fund’s national programme and the national implementation plan. The programmes define the objectives by means of specific objectives and national targets.
The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund finances operations related to the development of asylum procedures and support of reception, promotion of legal immigration and integration, and return.
The Internal Security Fund finances operations related to the development of external border control and visa policy as well as measures promoting the development of police cooperation, crime prevention and crisis management.
As a general rule, financing of up to 75% of the eligible costs of a project or operation can be granted from the Home Affairs Funds. The Home Affairs Funds’ support can be either project support or operating aid. Only operational support, relocation aid and transfer aid are granted under operating aid. Funding is granted for a maximum of three years at a time.
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The call for applications and application advice will be announced on the website of the funds www.eusa-rahastot.fi. The Ministry of the Interior is in charge of the application process and organises advisory events usually twice a year.
You can find application instructions, national programmes and implementation plans for the funds from their website. The programmes and application instructions specify the actions for which funding can be applied and other conditions that the application must meet. In the advisory events, applicants are given advice on which operations can be financed, the eligible costs and how to draw up the application.
The application period usually lasts approximately four weeks. You can apply for support through the EUSA funding system. Submit your application online in the EUSA system by the deadline stated in the call for applications.
To whom and on what terms
The applicant can be a legal person governed by public or private law. Private individuals cannot apply for funding.
Authorities, municipalities, organisations, educational institutions and companies can apply for funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
All public or private communities with legal capacity can apply for funding from the Internal Security Fund. In practice, most of the measures in the Fund’s national programme are such that only competent authorities, such as the Finnish Border Guard, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or its delegations, the police, Customs, the Finnish Immigration Service and the rescue services, can receive support. In accordance with the national programme, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Finnish Border Guard and the police can apply for operational support.
The Act on the Internal Market Funds lays down general selection criteria for the projects or operations to be financed. The selection criteria are described in more detail in the Fund’s implementation plan.
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