European Commission: Inviting Applications to promote intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity of all people in the project countries.

Donor Name: European Commission
Funding name: Intercultural Dialogue and Culture
Reference Number: EuropeAid/154498/DH/ACT/Multi

Funding brief: The global objective of this call for proposals is to promote intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and respect for equal dignity of all people in the project countries.
This call has two lots. Each lot has a specific objective that corresponds to a theme/sector: The specific objectives of the programme are interlinked and mutually reinforcing.
● Lot 1: Enhancing understanding and respect for cultural and religious diversity.
● Specific Objective: to enhance cultural pluralism and intercultural understanding, including aspects relating to religion or belief in the project countries;

The actions shall:
● Foster interreligious and/or interfaith understanding. Beneficiaries will learn how to accept and value diversity, deal with disagreements in a constructive, non-conflictual way and gain understanding of the similarities and differences between cultural, religious or belief communities.
● enhance knowledge and understanding of different cultures and religions/belief systems and contribute to respect of diversity and meaningful intercultural/interreligious dialogues.
● reduce prejudices and potential for conflict and sectarianism, building common ground among people holding different world views.
● mobilize a variety of expertise and actors including cultural actors, actors in the education sector as teachers, academics and scholars, civil society organizations, religious /belief communities.

 ● Lot 2: Culture as an enabler for dialogue, social inclusion, skills development and cohesion
Specific Objective: to enhance dialogue and social inclusion (notably of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations such as persons belonging to minorities, migrants, women and girls, disabled) skills development and social cohesion in the project countries.
The actions shall:
● offer neutral and safe space for encounters that seek to create an environment of mutual understanding and respect, and in promoting integration in society allowing all to participate and benefit from an inclusive development process.
● improve access to culture, encompassing more members of the community to promote integration.

Priority areas:
● 
The EU shall apply a Rights-Based Approach (RBA) for development cooperation all human rights, whether civil, political, economic, social or cultural . The implementation of the five RBA principles: (i) legality, universality and indivisibility of human rights, (ii) participation, (iii) non-discrimination, (iv) accountability (v) transparency must be applied in each step of the project cycle from identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring to evaluation. Therefore, all proposals must be designed according to a Rights-Based Approach.
● Furthermore, gender equality is an integral part of the RBA, encompassing the promotion, protection and fulfillment of all human rights. Gender equality constitutes a fundamental human rights principle and a common value of the European Union. Each selected proposal will have to report against relevant “SMART” sex-disaggregated indicators mentioned in the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020.
● Knowledge sharing: applicants should also propose mechanisms to contribute to the dissemination of good practices and results of the programme for capacity building purposes, allowing for eventual replication and upscale of successful projects. The European Commission may hold a seminar to disseminate results and lessons learned between beneficiaries of the programme and/or other relevant stakeholders. The applicants should make financial provisions for participation at 2 knowledge management events in Brussels in the course of the programme, to promote the development and sharing of resilient data collection mechanisms to inform policy making at various levels.

Types of activity:The Action could finance the following indicative activities (non-exhaustive list):
● Promoting dialogue opportunities e.g. by the provision of physical or virtual “safe spaces” for moderated exchanges; fostering cohesion and social inclusion;
● Joint public or restricted events / initiatives aiming at dedicated follow-up measures (
● Interfaith/intrafaith conferences, meetings, peace marches, solidarity visits to affected communities etc)
● Facilitation/moderation of dialogue processes (e.g. empathic listening through non-violent communication or other methods;
● Measures to preserve the heritage of cultural and religious diversity (manuscripts, objects and sites) including in formal curricula and textbooks;
● Dialogue processes and collaborative initiatives to stop escalation of incitement and to counter advocacy of religious hatred (cf. Rabat Plan of Action );
● Exchanges – including peer to peer and virtual groups – among students or scholars/teachers, exposing beneficiaries to diversity. Exchanges among partner countries;
● Capacity-building, exchanges/twinning among education institutions and scholarship programs to enhance and disseminate knowledge in the area of religious studies and related topics ;
● Production/dissemination of internet, radio- or TV emissions using means such as drama/theatre, story-telling and/or other creative and artistic expressions;
● Production and dissemination of virtual or printed material such as cartoons, videos, music, arts, catalogues, exhibitions;
● Promoting networking and cooperation at local, regional or international levels, identifying and sharing of best practices and knowledge;
● Awareness raising campaigns to inform the general public and authorities;
● Activities aiming at the documentation and collection of disaggregated data (including sex- disaggregated), research, studies, monitoring and reporting eg. on results in areas relevant for the call;
● Developing media initiatives building on ethical reporting standards, including production and dissemination of material through internet/social media channels, or radio/TV emissions on topics relevant to the call;

Deadline: 16 May 2017 at 16:00 (Brussels date and time)

Funding details link: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?ADSSChck=1490868839190&do=publi.detPUB&aoref=154498&orderbyad=Desc&searchtype=QS&page=2&orderby=upd&nbPubliList=15&userlanguage=en

Funding limit: 9,700,000 (EUR)
Lot 1 – Enhancing understanding, tolerance and respect for cultural and religious diversity EUR 4.000.000
And
● Lot 2 –Culture as enabler of social inclusion and cohesion of disadvantaged populations EUR 5.700.000

Size of grants:Any requested EU contribution under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

For Lot 1
● Minimum amount: EUR 1.500.000
● Maximum amount: EUR 2.000.000

For Lot 2
● Minimum amount: EUR 1.900.000
● Maximum amount: EUR 2.850.000

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 36 months nor exceed 60 months.

Eligible organization: As below

 Eligibility: In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must (for both Lots):
● be a legal person and
● be non-profit-making and
● be a specific type of organization such as:
   ● non-state actor
   ● Network of civil society organizations (CSO );
   ● Public bodies,
● Networks and/or associations of local authorities,
● International (inter-governmental) organization as defined by Article 43 of the Rules of application of the EU Financial Regulation.

● be established in:
● Member State of the European Union; or
● A Non-EU country of the European Economic Area; or
● AN IPA II beneficiary country; or
● A developing country or territory, (included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA recipients), which is not member of the G20 group;
● Least Developed Countries (LDC’s);
● Other Low Income Countries;
● Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories;
● Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories;

Or
● G-20 member developing countries (eligible only if they are also the (or one of the) beneficiaries of the action
● An Overseas Country and Territory (OCTs) covered by Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union; or:
● A Non EU Member State of the OECD only when actions are implemented in a Least Developed Country or in a highly indebted Poor Country)

And
● be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary,
● Note that with regards to the establishment place rule, the obligation does not apply to International Organizations.
● Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations listed in section 2.3.3 of the Practical Guide;
● The lead applicant must declare that the lead applicant himself, the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies) are not in any of these situations.
● The lead applicant must act with co-applicants as specified in the guideline.

Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
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Date and time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
● Daily allowance rates (per diem), available at the following address:
http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/funding/about-procurement-contracts/procedures-and-practical-guide-prag/diems_en
● E-learning: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect/external/
● User manual for PROSPECT: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect/external/ ● Project cycle management guidelines: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/aid-delivery-methods-project-cycle-management-guidelines-vol-1_en
● The implementation of grant contracts – a users’ guide: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/companion/document.do?nodeNumber=19
● Financial toolkit: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/financial-management-toolkit-for-recipients-15112010_en.pdf
● OECD DAC Country: http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/documentupload/DAC%20List%20of%20ODA%20Recipients%202014%20final.pdf

How to apply:
● 
To apply for this call for proposals the lead applicants need to:
   ● Provide information about the organizations involved in the action. Please note that the registration of this data in PADOR is obligatory for this call for proposals:
      ● Concept note step: Registration is obligatory for lead applicants applying for EU contributions of more than EUR 60 000.
● Full application step: Registration is obligatory for co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies). Lead applicants must make sure that their PADOR profile is up to date.
● Provide information about the action in the documents listed under sections 2.2.2 (concept note) and 2.2.5 (full application). Please note that online submission via PROSPECT is obligatory for this call,
● 
The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2) must be submitted online via PROSPECT https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect following the instructions given in the PROSPECT user manual.
● If it is impossible for lead applicants to submit their concept note online via PROSPECT for technical reasons, they must send their proposal in a sealed envelope and attach the concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1section 2). In particular, the lead applicant must send, in a sealed envelope as described below the following items:
● One original of the concept note. The signed declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2) must be printed and stapled separately and enclosed in the envelope.
● Three (3) additional copies in A4 size, each bound.
● An electronic version (CD-Rom or USB stick) of the items under point (a). The electronic file must contain exactly the same application as the paper version enclosed.

The envelope must bear the reference number and the title of the call for proposals, together with the lot number and title,  the full name and address of the lead applicant, and the words ‘Not to be opened before the opening session’.

To reduce expense and waste, we strongly recommend that you do not use plastic folders or dividers. Please also use double-sided printing if possible.

Postal address: European Commission , Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development – EuropeAid, Unit B6 Finance, Contrats & Audit, Attn. Head of Unit Avenue du Bourget, 1, BE – 1049 Brussels, Belgium,

Address for hand delivery or by private courier service: European Commission, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development – EuropeAid, Unit B6 Finance, Contrats & Audit, Attn. Head of Unit, Avenue du Bourget, 1, BE – 1140 Brussels, Belgium

 

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