The third Call for Proposals for the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) will be launched by the end of January 2020.

EPRM objective:
EPRM stimulates and increases the demand for responsible 3TG minerals. It encourages sourcing channels for responsible minerals that will enable suppliers to identify and mitigate risks. Furthermore, the EPRM motivates supply chain actors and other partners to support artisanal and small-scale mines and local mining communities to improve their practices to produce responsibly and create access to markets.

Project ideas:
Companies, knowledge institutions, public or semi-public bodies and/or non-governmental organisations who are looking for funding for their activities designed to improve conditions of mine workers in and around mines in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs), can submit their project ideas once the Call for Proposals is open (early 2020).

Funding of projects:
The projects funded by the EPRM should contribute to the vision and ambitions of the EPRM. Hence projects should support:
- Improving working conditions and improving the standard of living for artisanal and small scale miners in CAHRAs;
- Improving the responsible production of minerals/metals at artisanal and small scale mining sites;
- Stimulating the trade of responsible ASM minerals sourced from CAHRA’s;
- Preparing artisanal and small scale miners, supply chain actors and the governments of mining countries in CAHRAs for the implementation of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation.

Changes compared to the previous call:
The projects funded by the EPRM should contribute to the vision and ambitions of the EPRM. Hence projects should support:
- For projects up to EUR 340,000, 100% of eligible cost can be subsidized;
- Partnerships that include a supply chain partner can apply for grants up to EUR 800,000;
- Applications can be submitted in French, Spanish or English.

If you have specific questions about the coming Call or want to discuss your preliminary ideas, please contact the EPRM Secretariat: eprm@rvo.nl.

If you need inspiration for a project idea please have a look at the projects that we have funded in the previous Calls for Proposals.