European Union Inviting applications for ‘European Instrument For Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)’ to support civil society in its actions to support the protection and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.

Funding brief: The general objective of this call for proposals is to support civil society in its actions to support the protection and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.

This call for proposals is fully in line with the European Consensus on Development , the EU’s response to the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The recently adopted European Consensus sets out in an integrated manner the main principles which will guide the approach of the EU and the Member States to cooperation with developing countries over the next 15 years, as well as a strategy for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Consensus reiterates the EU and its Members states commitment to the principles of EU external action, set out in Article 21(1) of the TEU: democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity, the principles of equality and solidarity, and respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are to support civil society and human rights defenders working outside the EU in five key areas of human rights corresponding to the five recurring lots of 2014-2017 EIDHR global calls for proposals:
● Lot 1: Supporting Human Rights Defenders in the area of land-related rights, indigenous peoples, in the context of inter alia ‘land grabbing’ and climate change.
● Lot 2: Fighting against extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.
● Lot 3: Combating forced labourand modernslavery.
● Lot 4: Promoting and supporting the rights of persons with disabilities.
● Lot 5: Supporting freedom of religion or belief.

Donor Name: European Union
Funding name: European Instrument For Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
Reference Number: EuropeAid/155232/DH/ACT/Multi

Deadline: 9th, November, 2017 at 16:00 (Brussels date and time)

Funding details link: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?ADSSChck=1509004193753&do=publi.detPUB&aoref=155232&searchtype=QS&orderby=upd&page=1&orderbyad=Desc&nbPubliList=15&userlanguage=en

Funding limit: The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 25,000,000 EUR. The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to award all available funds. Equally, this amount could be increased should more funds become available.

Indicative allocation of funds for each lot: EUR 5,000,000.

If the allocation indicated for a specific lot cannot be used due to insufficient quality or number of proposals received, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to reallocate the remaining funds to (an)other lot(s).

Size of grants

Any requested EU contribution must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
● Minimum amount: EUR 250,000
● Maximum amount: EUR 1,000,000

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
● be a legal person or an entity without legal personality or a natural person and
● be non-profit-making and
● be a specific type of organization such as:
● civil society organizations , including non-governmental non-profit organizations and independent political foundations, community-based organizations, indigenous peoples’ organizations, disabled persons organizations and private-sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organizations and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level;
● National Human Rights Institutions, Ombudspersons;
● non-profit-making universities 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.
● For-profit organizations may also be eligible in exceptional and duly justified cases. Indeed, in situations where registration or receipt of foreign funding as non-profit organization is made very difficult or might put the entity in danger, civil society organizations may be obliged to register as for-profit organizations to continue operating in the field of human rights. The validity of the justification will be examined by the Evaluation Committee.
● International public-sector organizations set up by international agreements, specialized agencies set up by such organizations and other organizations assimilated to such international organizations (i.e. the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) are not eligible under this call for proposals. United Nations agencies are not eligible under this call for proposals.

Eligible Country: The EIDHR is global in scope. It operates at national, regional and international levels and supports actions carried out in third countries outside the European Union, throughout the world.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● 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/
● Annex M : user manual for PROSPECT : https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect/external/
PROSPECT e-learning: https://circabc.europa.eu/d/a/workspace/SpacesStore/9ffda21c-44d2-43c2-aa8c-4800ef01d468/EL_PROSPECT_APPLICANTS_EN.pdf
Users’ manual for PROSPECT: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/wikis/display/devcoiskb/PROSPECT+-+Applicants%27+User+Manual
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

How to apply:
Concept Note:
● 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;
● An electronic version (e.g. CD-Rom) of the items under point (a). The electronic file must contain exactly the same application as the paper version enclosed.

The outer envelope must bear the reference and the title of the Call for Proposals, the lot number and title, the full name and address of the applicant, and the words “Not to be opened before the opening session”.
● Please note that “technical reasons” should be understood ONLY in a situation when PROSPECT is not responding. Paper submission when PROSPECT is working may lead to the rejection of the application.
● The validity of the submission off-line will be examined by the Evaluation Committee.

Submission off-line for technical reasons should not be mixed up with paper submission for confidentiality reasons (please see below).

NB: In exceptional cases, when the applicants do not find it appropriate to send the Concept Note through PROSPECT due to security and confidentiality concerns of the actors involved, Concept Notes can instead be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail with delivery confirmation, private courier service or by hand-delivery at the address below (a signed and dated acknowledgement of receipt will be given by the European Commission). The fact that the proposal is sent due to security and confidentiality concerns should also be made clear in the envelope. When the organizations involved in the proposal do not find it appropriate to register in PADOR online due to security and confidentiality concerns, they must complete the ‘PADOR off-line form  attached to these guidelines. This form must be sent together with the application, by the submission deadline (see sections 2.2.3 and 2.2.7.)
● 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  Unit DEVCO B6 Finance and Contracts, Attn. Head of Unit L-41 03/110  Avenue du Bourget, 1, B-1049 Brussels, BELGIUM
Address for hand delivery or by private courier service
European Commission, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development  Unit DEVCO B6 Finance and Contracts, Attn. Head of Unit L-41 03/110 , Avenue du Bourget, 1 Central Mail Service  Avenue du Bourget, 1 B-1140 Brussels (Evere), BELGIUM

Full Proposal:
● Full application forms together with the budget, the logical framework and the declaration by the lead applicantmustbe submitted online via PROSPECT https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospectfollowing the instructions given in the users’ manual.
● If thelead applicant submitted the concept note by post / hand delivery (see section 2.2.3) it must send thefull application by the same means (by postor hand delivery).
● If the lead applicant submitted the concept note online via PROSPECT but it is technically impossible for the organisation to submit the full application online:

In the above two cases the lead applicant must send by post the application, i.e thefull application form, the budget, the logical framework and the declaration by the lead applicant. The lead applicant must send, in a sealed envelope as described below, the following items:
● One original signed copy of the full application form, the budget and the logical framework.The declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.2,section 5) must be printed and stapled separately and enclosed in the envelope
● An electronic version (CD-Romof the items under point (a). The electronic file must contain exactly the same application as the paper version enclosed.

To reduce expense and waste, we strongly recommend that you use only paper for your file (no plastic folders or dividers). Please also use double-sided printing if possible

Applications must be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service or by hand-delivery (a signed and dated certificate of receipt will be given to the deliverer) to the address below. Where lead applicants send several applications (if allowed to do so by the guidelines of the call), each one must be sent separately:

Postal address
● European Commission, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development Unit DEVCO B6 Finance and Contracts, Attn. Head of Unit L-41 03/110 Avenue du Bourget, 1 B-1049 Brussels, BELGIUM
Address for hand delivery or by private courier service
European Commission, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development Unit DEVCO B6 Finance and Contracts, Attn. Head of Unit L-41 03/110 Avenue du Bourget, 1, Central Mail Service , Avenue du Bourget, 1, B-1140 Brussels (Evere), BELGIUM
● The envelope must bear the reference number and the title of the call for proposals, together with the number and title of the lot, the full name and address of the lead applicant, and the words ‘Not to be opened before the opening session’.
Applications sent by any other means (e.g. by fax or by e-mail) or delivered to other addresses will be rejected. Hand-written applications will not be accepted.

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