European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM)

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Please note: temporarily closed

Do you have an idea for a project to improve conditions for miners of tin, tantalum, tungsten, lithium, natural graphite, cobalt, copper, or nickel in conflict area’s? The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals offers financial support for activities that aim to improve responsible mining practices in conflict-affected and high risk areas (CAHRAs).

Who can apply?

This subsidy is open to companies, NGOs, public or semi-public bodies and knowledge institutions. Projects must be aimed at artisanal and small scale miners (ASMs) that are linked to the mineral supply chain from CAHRAs. Subsidies are intended for partnerships of at least 2 partners, one of which is preferably a supply chain actor. Of this partnership the lead party applies for the subsidy. Any of the partners can fulfil the role of lead party.

Preferred projects will:

  • foster strong and sustainable links with formal supply chains
  • have the potential for long-lasting impact in and around mines and mining communities and projects should be scalable
  • demonstrate how to share costs of responsible sourcing and due diligence implementation between upstream, midstream, and downstream actors
  • improve gender equality
  • address environmental risks and impacts of mining more broadly and/or focus on environmental due diligence.

If you want to find out how to cover all aspects of the OECD due diligence guidance you can take EPRM's Due Diligence Check. This is a self-assessment tool for companies in the mineral supply chain, it is not an audit or certification.

The mineral scope for this specific call for proposals has been broadened to include tin, tantalum, tungsten, lithium, natural graphite, cobalt, copper, and nickel. Gold is not included in this call.

How to apply?

You cannot apply for the EPRM subsidy at the moment.

During the previous call for proposols you needed to submit a quick scan first. You could do so from 1 September 2023 until 16 November 2023, 14:00 hours. You could then submit your full proposal from 1 October until 30 November 2023, 14:00 hours.

Consult the EPRM website for more details.

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