Q & A


About the Call for Proposals

Answer: Eligible countries are Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Portugal and Spain

Answer: Only one proposal per applicant can be submitted to LfE in this open call. If more than one proposal per applicant is identified, only the last proposal which has been submitted in order of time will be evaluated.

Answer: Proposals must be submitted before the Deadline. The call will be open between May 15th, 2022, 10:00 CEST and September 30th, 2022, 17:00 CEST. Applications must be submitted by the closing time and date of the open call. Late proposals will not be admitted.

Answer:  Projects will be submitted in English or in the national language of the participating school or network of schools. The use of English is highly recommended. The national coordinators will also support the process, if needed.

Answer: No, the number could only be considered risky or restrictive if it is too low (like for instance less than 10 students), which might endanger the school existence within the project period.

There is no such restriction, so the answer is yes. However, based on the idea for the enhanced collaboration and community building it is worth considering a network approach and joint application of such schools if there is enough synergy of interests. In any case you need to consider that the whole sum for a project should not exceed 20.000 thousand Euro.

Answer: We use the standard EU NUTS 3 classification where you could check, or you could contact the respective national coordinators for assurance.

Answer: All project items that you apply for should follow your general concept for the digital transformation that could facilitate your learning process in a way you consider optimal and most perspective for the school and the local community.

Answer: No, as long as your justification is accepted by the evaluation committee and is related to digital innovation that could act as a catalyst for real educational transformation.

Answer: The funding will be provided to the last institution that is allowed to spend it (i.e. the rural school itself or the local municipality depending on the respective national budget legislation) and should abide the national procurement laws.

Answer: There is no restriction regarding whether the school is private or public as long as it is recognized and licensed as a school by the respective national authorities

Answer: The funding is a lump sum that should cover all your project expenses, including VAT and it is up to 20.000 Euro per project.

Answer: No, however be aware that providing a good balance for your expenses could be more convincing for the evaluation committee in order to better argument your expenditures and project.

Answer: There is no minimum amount to apply for (i.e. the project could be for less than 10.000 Euro) however be prepared to allocate some spendings for training and/or dissemination of your project results as well as exchanging visits or ideas with other rural schools in appropriate forums (like for instance the annual summer school in Athens, where we intend to sponsor in 2023 a special session for rural schools’ digital transformation).

Answer: There will be a short list of such practices on our web site that will be constantly updated, however don’t forget that every situation is specific and context-related to the respective rural community, so just copying external ideas without relevance to the local setting might not work.

Answer: All terms are listed on the web site and the proposal platform is already operational. However, try to prepare your proposal well and just don’t wait for the last moment in order to prevent some technical issues with the platform.

Answer: No, these numbers were just indicative of our expectations, but we could not influence who will apply for this project and there are no specific quotas that you should be aware of. The only measurable criteria that might influence the commission’s decision is whether your proposal is satisfying larger community needs (i.e., the whole school rather than just some of the classes and teachers, local authorities, other stakeholders etc.)

Answer: The major information will be spread through the project website, however in case of necessity for additional information campaign or live Q&A session you could always refer to the respective national coordinator and our colleagues will gladly support you.