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Do you have an idea for a project to improve conditions for miners of tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold (3TG) in conflict area’s? The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals offers financial support for activities that aim to improve responsible mining practices in Conflict 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 (ASM’s) 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.

Projects should aim for one or more of the following:

  • improve working conditions and the standard of living of miners in conflict regions
  • improve the responsible production of minerals/metals in small scale mining sites
  • stimulate the trade of responsible minerals sourced from conflict regions
  • prepare those involved in mining in conflict area's for the implementation of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation.

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.

How to apply?

To apply, you had to submit a quick scan first. You could submit your quick scan until 15 June 2020 14:00 CET. You could then pitch your idea to an EPRM advisor. If your idea got a positive recommendation, you could submit a formal application until 1 September 2020 14:00 CET.

Consult the EPRM website for more details.

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