Funding brief: The global objective of this call for proposals is to support civil society in protection and 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 Treaty on the European Union (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.
This call is equally aligned with the EU’s priorities as identified in policies and regulations, notably the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019 and the specific human rights guidelines adopted by the EU.
The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:
● To support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Human Rights Defenders and their organizations working in areas where LGBTI persons are most at risk of discrimination.
● To support civil society action towards universal abolition of the death penalty.
● To support civic activism and participation by leveraging digital technologies.
The definition of the objectives of each of the lots of this call for proposals has been subject to an exchange of views with civil society organizations on the 24th of May 2018 in Brussels. The outcome of this exchange is published on the EuropeAid website.
● Lot 1: support to LGBTI human rights defenders and their organizations working in areas where lgbti persons are most at risk of discrimination
● Lot 2: supporting the fight against the death penalty
● Lot 3: supporting civic activism and participation by leveraging digital technologies
Donor Name: European Commission
Funding name: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR): 2018 Global Call for Proposals
Reference no: EuropeAid/161054/DH/ACT/
Deadline: Deadline for submission of concept notes: 21/12/2018 at 12:00 (Brussels date and time)
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Funding limit: The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 22,000,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
Indicative allocation of funds by lot:
● Lot 1: EUR 10,000,000
● Lot 2: EUR 7,000,000
● Lot 3: 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 under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
● Minimum amount: EUR 500,000
● Maximum amount: EUR 2,000,000
● Minimum amount: EUR 500,000
● Maximum amount: EUR 1,500,000
● Minimum amount: 1,000,000
● Maximum amount: 2,500,000
Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 48 months.
Eligible organization: As below
(1) 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 organisation such as:
O civil society organisations or an association of civil society organizations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community-based organisations, indigenous peoples’ organisations, disabled persons organisations and private- sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level;
National Human Rights Institutions, Ombudspersons;
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 organisations may also be eligible in exceptional and duly justified cases. Indeed, in situations where registration or receipt of foreign funding as non-profit organisation is made very difficult or might put the entity in danger, civil society organisations may be obliged to register as for-profit organisations to continue operating in the field of human rights. The validity of the justification will be examined by the Evaluation Committee.
● International public-sector organisations set up by international agreements, specialised agencies set up by such organisations and other organisations assimilated to such international organisations (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.
No nationality restriction applies to lead applicants and, if any, to co-applicants and affiliated entities.
(2) Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations listed in Section 18.104.22.168 of the practical guide;
● Lead applicants, co-applicants, affiliated entities and, in case of legal entities, persons who have powers of representation, decision-making or control over the lead applicant, the co-applicants and the affiliated entities are informed that, should they be in one of the situations of early detection or exclusion according to Section 22.214.171.124 of the practical guide, personal details (name, given name if natural person, address, legal form and name and given name of the persons with powers of representation, decision-making or control, if legal person) may be registered in the early detection and exclusion system, and communicated to the persons and entities concerned in relation to the award or the execution of a grant contract.
In Annex A.1, section 2 and Annex A.2, section 5 (‘declaration(s) by the lead applicant’), 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 following criteria apply to all lots:
● The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s). However, to be eligible, an action must include at least one local organisation, as lead applicant or co-applicant. A “local organisation” (with or without legal personality) must be understood as established in the country or one of the countries where the action is taking place. An organisation is considered “local” when its charter demonstrates that the organisation has been established by an instrument governed by the national law of the country concerned (only for entities with legal personality) and that its head office is located in that country.
● When the lead applicant is not a local organisation, it must act with at least one local co-applicant, except when the project’s activities are taking place in a country in which local organisations cannot operate.
● In situations where registration in the concerned country is made impossible or might put the lead applicant or co-applicant in danger, the lead applicant or co-applicant may be registered in another country. In this case, a justification must be provided in Annex A.1 section 1.2 and Annex A.2, section 2.1. In addition, the lead applicant or co-applicant must prove in its statutes or through other supporting documents that the objectives and activities of the said organisation are for the benefit of the targeted country. In the absence of any justification, the proposal will be rejected. The validity of the justification provided will be examined during the evaluation procedure. Should the justification not be deemed valid, the proposal may be rejected on that sole basis.
● If awarded the grant contract, the lead applicant will become the beneficiary identified as the coordinator in Annex E3h1 (special conditions). The coordinator is the main interlocutor of the contracting authority. It represents and acts on behalf of any other co-beneficiary (if any) and coordinate the design and implementation of the action.
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)
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How to apply:
● The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2) must be submitted online via PROSPECT (Click to view) 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 of the items under point (a). The electronic file must contain exactly the same application as the paper version enclosed.
● 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.
● 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, they 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.
● Submission off-line for technical reasons should not be mixed up with paper submission for confidentiality reasons.
List of annexes: Documents to be completed
● Annex A: Grant Application Form (Word format)
A.1. Concept Note
A.2. Full Application Form
● Annex B: Budget (Excel format)
● Annex C: Logical framework (Excel format)
● Annex D: Legal Entity Sheet
● Annex E: Financial identification form
● Annex F: EuropeAid offline registration form (only if impossible to register in PADOR)
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