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Call key data

Thematic Programme on Human Rights and Democracy 2023

Funding Program

Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance

Call number




28.05.2024 14:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 1,045,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The global objective of this call for proposals is to empower CSOs and to support their efforts to promote, advance and defend human rights and democracy in Montenegro.

Call objectives

The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals are threefold: firstly, to support CSOs working in the area of protection of social, economic and cultural rights, especially for groups particularly vulnerable to discrimination. Secondly, it will support CSOs in promoting active citizenship in public and political life and in fostering the role of civil society in oversight and accountability mechanisms in the area of justice and rule of law. Thirdly, it also seeks for the proposals aimed at harnessing the opportunities and addressing the challenges of digital communication technologies, taking into account the fact that such technologies can empower people, widen access to information and knowledge, but at the same time, can also be used in ways that violate human rights.

Expected results

This call for proposals is divided in three lots, each with its own specific objectives and priorities, as indicated under 2.1.3. Within the general objective in each lot, the proposed actions may address one or more of the specific objectives of the lot.

Lot 1: Protection of social, economic and cultural rights, especially for groups particularly vulnerable to discrimination:

  • Supporting access to public services (employment, health, education, etc.) by vulnerable, marginalised, exposed or discriminated groups (ex. Persons with disabilities, Roma, LGBTIQ, minorities, women and children victims of violence)
  • Fostering development of competences and skills through non formal learning; digital literacy, intercultural learning, vocational education, critical thinking, the respect of diversity, and the values of solidarity, equal opportunities and human rights among others
  • Creating partnerships between local/regional public institutions and civil society organisations on development of tailor-made employment measures for disadvantaged groups 
  • Creating opportunities for self-employment of vulnerable, marginalised, exposed or discriminated groups
  • Supporting national and local institutions and actors in protecting and promoting social, economic and cultural rights of the most vulnerable, marginalised, exposed or discriminated groups 
  • Enhancing the inclusion into all aspects of societal life of people belonging to minorities and/or people being in marginalised situations, such as people belonging to ethnic or sexual minorities; people marginalised by poverty and/or lacking educational opportunities; people being in vulnerable situations; victims of social discrimination; migrants and refugees
  • Addressing social inclusion, by: reducing inequalities; fighting discrimination; combating hate speech; promoting rights’ awareness; promoting digital skills.

NB: For all activities indicated above, proposals should demonstrate their value added in relation to existing state services (social services, employment, education etc.), either enhancing access to them, or innovating upon them. Activities undertaken under the project should be considered as pilots generating experiences that should also be analysed and shared as part of project activities, in search for potential further innovation and inclusion into relevant sector reforms.

Lot 2: Promoting active citizenship in public and political life:

  • Enhancing citizen participation in public consultations through greater involvement of CSOs with the aim to engage the public and CSOs in the formulation of public policies
  • Encouraging innovative citizen-led initiatives to improve governance, transparency, integrity efficiency, inclusiveness and service orientation of public administration
  • Facilitating the creation of mechanisms for citizens' active monitoring of policies, services and reporting (e.g. cases of maladministration, corruption etc.) as well as  policy dialogue through effective enjoyment of public consultations rights
  • Strengthening advocacy/lobbying by community-based organisations
  • Raising awareness among citizens on key EU accession-related reforms, also through civic and legal education
  • Support activities, projects and ideas of informal groups, networks and activists, particularly at local level on key EU-related reforms in the area of rule of law and justice
  • Promoting the establishment of networks involving youth, women and vulnerable groups

Lot 3: Harnessing the opportunities and addressing the challenges of digital communication technologies, to avoid violation of human rights:

  • Contributing to counter disinformation, interference in democratic processes and hate speech, while safeguarding the full exercise of fundamental freedoms
  • Supporting civil society actions that foster online media literacy and digital skills, promoting open, free and secure internet equally accessible to all
  • Enhancing general knowledge and understanding of new media/communication technologies and their impacts on human rights
  • Helping young people understand the value and risks of the open internet; make informed choices while using the internet and digital technologies; and understand and counteract its possible abuses in the form of hate speech, fake news, cyber-harassment
  • Disseminating knowledge, building or reinforcing skills, including on digital security matters, for their strategic use at grassroot level and promoting close collaboration with experts to anticipate and counter harmful effects in terms of personal data protection, privacy and security.
  • Supporting partnerships with and support the work of bloggers, film makers, photographers, artists and other communication specialists on key reform policy areas in order to create positive behavioural changes in society in the areas addressed by this lot.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Montenegro (Црна Гора)

eligible entities

Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter.

Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself except that co-applicant can be established in Montenegro or in EU member state.

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant (and co-applicants, if applicable) must:

  • be a legal person and
  • be non-profit-making and
  • be established in Montenegro or a Member State of the European Union, or any country, as all are eligible for participation in contracts financed under this Instrument, without prejudice to the limitations inherent in the nature and objectives of the action 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 and
  • in case the lead applicant is not established in Montenegro, it must act with at least one co-applicant that is established in Montenegro and
  • be registered at least 24 months prior the deadline for submission of project proposals.

other eligibility criteria

Financial support to third parties

The maximum amount of financial support per third party is EUR ≤ 20 000. Detailed information about the rules for financial support to third parties can be found on pages 13-15 of the call document.

Applicants must propose financial support to third parties (FSTP) in order to help achieve the objectives of the action – however, different minimum requirements apply to different lots.

Lot 1: Minimum 70% of the budget should be dedicated to FSTP

Lot 2: Minimum 50% of the budget should be dedicated to FSTP

Lot 3: Minimum 30% of the budget should be dedicated to FSTP

Indicative allocation of funds by lot:

  • Lot 1: EUR 570,000
  • Lot 2: EUR 220,000
  • Lot 3: EUR 255,000

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).] Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

Lot 1:

  • minimum amount: EUR 500,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 570,000

Lot 2:

  • minimum amount: EUR 200,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 220,000

Lot 3:

  • minimum amount : EUR 200,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 255,000


Lot 1

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 36 months nor exceed 40 months.

Lot 2 and Lot 3

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 36 months.

Additional information


Arts & Culture, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, 
Demographic Change, European Citizenship, Migration, 
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT, 
Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, 
Health, Social Services, Sports

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

Additional Information

To apply for this call for proposals the lead applicants need to:

  • Provide information about the organisations involved in the action. To this end, lead applicants, co-applicants and affiliated entities must register in PADOR. Please note that the registration of this data in PADOR is obligatory for this call for proposals.
  • Applications must be submitted online via PROSPECT  following the instructions given in the PROSPECT user manual.
  • Applicants must apply in English.


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