“We found that organisations with larger budgets and a higher success rate with past applications were more likely to attain EU funds, controlling for the type of organisation, its perceived need for funds, its organisational capacity, geographical origin and level of eurocentricsm. In other words, the probability of a ‘rich’ organisation winning EU funds is almost twice that for a ‘poor’ one.”

“If the Commission wishes to model and shape European civil society in the way it claims to do, then it should consciously make use of its demand-side forces. This would mean: 1) empowering its bureaucracy in a way to monitor and support the implementation of ‘high-risk’ projects for less-resourced and less experienced organisations; and 2) providing support to weaker organisations in the preparation and submission of grant applications.”

Why more needs to be done to help weaker organisations bid for EU funding
Michele Crepaz (Trinity College Dublin), Marcel Hanegraaff (University of Amsterdam)
EUROPP – European Politics and Policy blog
London School of Economics and Politcal Science
20 March 2019