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Call for proposals for civil society organisations active on protecting and promoting Union values: call to intermediaries (giving financial support to third parties)
Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme
Estimated EU contribution per project
between € 2,500,000.00 and € 6,000,000.00
Link to the call
Link to the submission
The objective of this call for proposals is to protect, promote and raise awareness of fundamental rights and of EU values by supporting local, regional and/or national civil society organisations and by increasing their capacity.
The priorities of this call are:
- To strengthen the capacity and resilience of CSOs to protect and promote Union values including democracy and the respect of the rule of law;
- To support CSOs in their efforts to protect, promote and raise awareness on fundamental rights and democratic values;
- To support dialogue, transparency, and good governance, also in cases where space for civil society is shrinking.
Applications must include the provision of financial support to CSOs (i.e., third parties) active at local, regional, and national level, which promote and protect fundamental rights and Union values, and which carry out activities in the fields covered by the CERV programme.
The EU funding should help to support, protect, empower and build the capacity of independent civil society organisations active in the promotion of values and rights, whose activities help strategically enforce rights under EU law and the Charter (including through advocacy, watchdog and support activities for the proper functioning of a healthy democracy) and help promote, safeguard and raise awareness of rights and Union’s values at local, regional, national and transnational level. The EU funding should also support civil society organisations in promoting the implementation of court judgments (European Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights, national courts).
Proposals should be based on and include a thorough assessment of the CSOs landscape in the country(ies) covered, the challenges they face, the opportunities they can leverage and their needs.
The assessment of needs should also be based on a gender analysis and, to the extent possible, on an intersectional approach. A gender analysis maps the potential different impacts of a project and its activities on women and men as well as girls and boys in all their diversity. Findings should inform the design and implementation of the project’s activities (including all categories of activities as listed in the following section). Hence, activities should be tailored to and accessible to women and men on equal footing. Likewise, when designing the activities’ content, the applicant (i.e., intermediary) shall consider the differences in situations and conditions for women and men (or girls and boys).
Expected effects and impacts
- Increased promotion and public awareness of EU rights and values, including at local level.
- Strengthened capacity of CSOs to protect and promote EU rights and values, including at local level.
- Strengthened resilience of CSOs.
- A more supportive environment for CSOs.
- More effective, accountable, and sustainable CSOs.
- A better developed advocacy and watchdog role for CSOs.
- Increased involvement of CSOs in policy and decision-making processes with local, regional, and national governments.
- Strengthened regional cooperation within civil society.
The aim is to select and support a limited number of intermediaries in EU Member States capable of building the capacities of a large number of CSOs active at local, regional and/or national level in the fields covered by the CERV programme, including through providing them with financial support.
Proposals must include both categories of activities:
- Financial support to third parties (CSOs) by intermediaries
- Capacity building for CSOs (by intermediaries)
Intermediaries should give priority to small, remote and rural based organisations which tend to have more limited capacity and funding sources.
Only activities complying with and promoting the principles of the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy may be funded.
You can find more information about the funded activities on pages 9-16 of the call document.
Regions / countries for funding
Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 1 applicant (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities).
In order to be eligible the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.: EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs);
- be non-profit-making; and
- be a civil society organisation;
- All applicants (if proposal submitted by a consortium) must be legal entities formally established in one of the eligible countries.
- have recent proven experience of at least 3 years in implementing CSO capacity building activities;
- have recent proven experience in awarding and managing grants to CSOs.
If the proposal is submitted by a consortium, the consortium must fulfil both conditions listed above. This means that these conditions can be fulfilled either by one single member of the consortium or by different members of that consortium, responsible for capacity building or awarding and managing financial support to third parties.
- Natural persons are NOT eligible.
- International organisations are NOT eligible.
- Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
- Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality'. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).
- Programme Contact Points are NOT eligible.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
between 36 and 48 months
Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System ( NOT the documents available on the Topic page — they are only for information).
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:
- Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
- Part C (to be filled in directly online) containing additional project data including mandatory indicators
- mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded)
- CVs (standard) of core project team
- activity reports of last year of all applicants (for proposals submitted by a consortium, an activity report is required for each applicant. Reports should be compiled into one single document)
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B)
- for participants with activities involving children: their child protection policy covering the four areas described in the Keeping Children Safe Child Safeguarding Standards
Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B).