21 transnational projects, put forward by public bodies and civil society organisations in order to identify and test suitable networks and good practices in the field of sport, have been selected for an EU grant following the 2012 call for proposals in the framework of the Preparatory Action "European Partnership on Sports".
The 2012 call for proposals of the Preparatory Action was published on 17 April 2012 . The deadline for applications was 31 July. In total, 76 applications were received. Applications were evaluated according to the eligibility, selection and award criteria detailed in the text of the call for proposals. Following this evaluation, the Commission decided to finance 21 projects with a total amount of € 3.5 million. The 21 selected projects cover the four areas of this year's call for proposals:
• Fight against match-fixing: 5 projects;
• Promotion of physical activity supporting active ageing: 4 projects;
• Awareness-raising about effective ways of promoting sport at municipal level: 5 projects;
• Trans-frontier joint grassroots sport competitions in neighbouring regions and Member States: 7 projects.
This year's call for proposals was the first in the field of sport to require applicants to obtain co-funding of at least 20% of total eligible costs from a private third party. All selected projects fulfil this eligibility criterion. The projects will be implemented between the end of 2012 and mid-2014.