European Union (EU): Inviting applications for the theme-‘Renewing the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism’.

Funding brief: The global objective of this call for proposals is renewing the EU multifaceted human rights defenders mechanism led by a consortium of specialized organizations with worldwide coverage addressing the most difficult situations faced by human rights defenders.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:
(i) To enable HRDs at risk (individuals, groups and organizations) to carry out their work and enhance their protection through EU multifaceted support worldwide;
(ii) To enhance temporary relocation and shelter capacities for HRDs in most difficult situations, including rest and respite, and support to their subsequent return or integration;
(iii) To strengthen the coordination and synergy with other actors and initiatives supporting HRDs, including those funded by the EIDHR.

Renewing the EU comprehensive human rights defenders mechanism is additional and complementary to other support to HRDs provided by the EIDHR. It is also to be seen in addition to the support provided by potential applicants with other sources of funding and their own funds. Coordination and complementarity should be ensured in order to avoid duplication.

Priority 1: Providing multiform support to HRDs most at risk on short, medium and long-term
Priority 2: Providing for enhanced temporary relocation and shelter capacities for HRDs
Priority 3: Ensuring coordination and outreach

Expected results: Taking into account the difficult context in which the action will take place, expected results under this call are:
● Fast, continuous and multiform 24/7 EU response to support HRDs at risk
● Increased security and safety of HRDs and improved working environment enabling them to operate, including through the production of positive narratives on HRDs and their work
● Strengthened temporary relocation systems and shelter initiatives
● Enhanced coordination between HRD initiatives and actors, as well as more effective networks at local, country, regional and international levels
● Increased recognition of the need for protection and rehabilitation for HRDs at risk at national, regional and international level
● Improved awareness about the need to open the space to independent civil society actors, including HRDs
● Improved resilience and skills of HRDs at risk.

Reference: EuropeAid/161042/DH/ACT/Multi

Donor Name: European Union (EU)
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: 22nd, January, 2019 at 16:00 (Brussels date and time)

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Any requested EU contribution under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum maximum amounts:
● Minimum amount: EUR 14,000,000
● Maximum amount: EUR 15,000,000

Any grant requested under this call for proposals cannot exceed the following maximum percentage of total eligible costs of the action:
● Minimum percentage: 50 % of the total eligible costs of the action.
● Maximum percentage: 95 % of the total eligible costs of the action.

The balance (i.e. the difference between the total cost of the action and the amount requested from the Contracting Authority) must be financed from sources other than the general budget of the Union or the European Development Fund

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: The initial planned duration of an action shall be 36 months.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
● Be a legal person and
● Be non-profit-making and
● Be a specific type of organization such as:
(a) Civil society organization, including private-sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organizations and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level;
(b) National Human Rights Institutions, Ombudspersons;
(c) 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.

NB: please note that international organization as defined by Article 43 of the rules of application of the EU Financial Regulation are not eligible under this call for proposals.

● No nationality restriction applies to applicants and to co-applicants and affiliated entities

The following types of action are ineligible:
● Actions concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences and congresses;
● Actions concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses;
● Actions concerned only with one-off conferences. Conferences can only be funded if they form part of a wider range of activities to be implemented in the life-time of the project. For these purposes, preparatory activities for a conference and the publication of the proceedings of the conference do not, in themselves, constitute such “wider activities”;
● Actions supporting individual political parties;
● Actions including proselytism.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

● The action must cover all countries of the world. The applicants must prove their collective capacity and experience to ensure a comprehensive worldwide coverage encompassing the five continents, including in remote areas. The action will take place outside of the European Union, except for part of the temporary relocation component, some coordination and advocacy activities, and any other activity if duly justified.

Submission mail: Not found

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● User manual for PROSPECT: Click to view
● Project Cycle Management Guidelines: Click to view
● A Users’ Guide: Click to view
● Financial Toolkit: Click to view

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.

● 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.

● Applicants must apply in English.

The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2) must be submitted online via PROSPECT  following the instructions given in the PROSPECT user manual.

Upon submission of a concept note online, the lead applicant will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt in its PROSPECT profile.

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.1 section 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 envelope must bear the reference number and the title of the call for proposals, together with 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.

● Concept notes 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.

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