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From strategy to action:
project selection

Chapter 1
The various methods of project selection


1.7 Requirements in terms of submitting applications


In some cases, candidates must immediately submit very detailed applications. In other cases, by contrast, the applications to be submitted are very simple: they more or less relate to the candidate's intentions, which are then reworked by the beneficiary candidates with the LAG (this, for example, is normal procedure for many Irish and Scottish LEADER groups). However, the effectiveness of this method requires professional monitoring and an avoidance of long procedures, which could discourage the project leader. An initial project proposal is studied within the LAG and suggestions are made to the project leader, either in terms of improving the project's innovative content, submitting it for alternative sources of funding or attending training sessions. Between these extremes, there are a whole series of intermediary positions.

The Sierra de Béjar y Sierra de Francia LAG asks that a detailed file be prepared (complete with technical studies, legal authorisation, etc.) only when the project has been pre-selected (e.g. 30 projects out of 120 at the 1996 invitation to tender).


System detailed files immediately simplified files beforehand
  • lower processing cost (can be easily computerised)
  • larger "combing" of ideas and interests
  • essential for reaching less privileged people
  • discourages certain candidates
  • may put small projects out of the running
  • favours the best prepared beneficiaries
  • requires more coordination with the beneficiaries
  • requires more time
  • to get to know the beneficiaries better
  • to choose among many project leaders
  • to obtain more guarantees
  • to favour the creation of new ideas
  • to create an air of trust with the potential beneficiaries
  • to support those most disadvantaged

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