NEF works to support civil society at European level through various initiatives to ensure that the social inclusion of vulnerable groups remains on the European agenda.
European Programme on Integration and Migration
Initiated by NEF in 2007, the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is a longstanding collaborative funding programme that currently supports 14 European foundations and is chaired by the King Baudouin Foundation.
EPIM aims to strengthen the role played by civil society in influencing EU policy developments and in advocating for constructive approaches to migrants in Europe. Since 2005, European foundations have come together through EPIM to support and enhance the ability of non-governmental organisations active on migrant issues through grant-making, capacity-building and networking.
EPIM entered its fourth funding phase in 2016 and an estimated 10 million euros will be spent during EPIM’s 2016-2018 phase of funding. EPIM is the largest operational programme initiated by NEF.
European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia
Under the chairmanship of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) is a NEF programme to highlight dementia at a European level. EFID begins its forth funding phase in 2017, during which four pan-European foundations will join forces to fight stigmatisation and work towards changing the societal perception of dementia.
EFID’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with dementia by enabling a dementia-friendly and inclusive environment in communities across Europe.
European Practice Exchange on Deradicalisation
The European Practice Exchange on Deradicalisation (EPEX) aims to establish a network of European practitioners from between 12 to 15 organisations dealing with the challenges of ISIS-inspired radicalisation and recruitment to militant islamist extremism. The project is focused on organising a cross-border knowledge transfer to allow organisations to share experiences and lessons learned, and to enable activity-based peer-learning.
The project was designed by, and will be implemented by, the Violence Prevention Network (VPN) thanks to the NEF funding. VPN is a group of experienced specialists who have successfully engaged in anti-violence work and the prevention of extremism, and in the deradicalisation of extremist-motivated offenders, for a number of years.