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Call for proposals to promote equality and to fight against racism, xenophobia and discrimination
Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme
Estimated EU contribution per project
The EU grant applied for cannot be lower than € 100,000.00.
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The objective is to support a comprehensive and intersectional approach, funding specific actions to prevent and fight against discrimination and combat intolerance, racism and xenophobia, in particular on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, including when this manifests itself in the form of antigypsyism, anti-Black racism, antisemitism, anti-Muslim hatred and LGBTIQ phobia.
With this aim of the call, the following priorities will be financed:
- Fighting against discrimination and combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, including antigypsyism, anti-black racism, antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred
- Promoting diversity management and inclusion at the workplace, both in the public and private sector
- Fighting discrimination against LGBTIQ people and promoting LGBTIQ equality through the implementation of the LGBTIQ Equality Strategy
- Call for public authorities to improve their responses to (intersectional) discrimination, racism, antisemitism, anti-Muslim hatred and xenophobia, LGBTIQ-phobia and all other forms of intolerance
Activities shall include:
- Coalition building, capacity building and training for professionals and victims of (intersectional) discrimination;
- Mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation, including identifying best practices which may be transferable to other participating countries;
- Dissemination and awareness-raising, including social media or press campaigns;
- Promotion of digital skills and critical thinking;
- Data recording, data collection, surveys, monitoring and reporting of incidents of discrimination;
- Gender and age sensitive victim empowerment and support;
- Designing and implementing strategies or plans of action;
- Capacity building and training activities for national, regional and local authorities.
Expected effects and impacts
- Fighting against discrimination and combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, including antigypsyism, anti-Black racism, antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred:
- Increased knowledge of EU and national non-discrimination legislation as well as administrative practices in the non-discrimination field, including practices and policies covering multiple discrimination;
- Increased rights-awareness, protection and interest representation of victims of discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin, religion or colour (possibly intersecting with other grounds for discrimination);
- More effective implementation and enforcement of the legislation on non-discrimination, as well as improved independent monitoring and reporting;
- Increased knowledge and awareness of biases and stereotypes, in particular among school, staff and journalists;
- Empowered and increased protection for groups, communities and individuals affected by manifestations of intolerance and racism, with a particular focus on antigypsyism, anti-Black racism, antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred;
- Improved knowledge and awareness of and capacity to react to all forms of antisemitism experienced by Jewish people, among the population in general and key groups in particular such as decision-makers, law enforcement and judiciary, and young people.
- Promoting diversity management and inclusion:
- Support existing and new Diversity Charters in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, also by increasing their signatories;
- Increased diversity and inclusion at the workplace with stronger links between business, NGOs, the academic/research community and public administration;
- Innovative and inclusive (Europe-wide) tools, guidelines and learning platforms for promoting/measuring/implementing diversity and inclusion at the workplace, including awareness raising activities.
- Fighting discrimination against LGBTIQ people and promoting LGBTIQ equality through the implementation of the LGBTIQ equality strategy:
- Improved knowledge and awareness of the intersectional discrimination and inequality experienced by LGBTIQ people, in particular by transgender and intersex people, in employment, education and health, as well as solutions on how to tackle this;
- Increased awareness and improvement of skills of relevant professionals, including health, media and business professionals and school staff, to counter stereotyping, stigmatisation, pathologisation, discrimination, harassment and bullying affecting LGBTIQ people;
- Increased support for LGBTIQ people and their families, including through information campaigns, support groups, counselling and other means, and improved knowledge and awareness of the challenges they face;
- Better guidance for national authorities and schools on how to prevent and combat school violence and bullying against LGBTIQ students, include positive representations of LGBTIQ diversity in education, tackle gender and sexuality stereotypes in education and accommodate the needs of transgender, intersex and non-binary children in educational settings.
- Call for public authorities to improve their responses to (intersectional) discrimination, racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, LGBTIQ-phobia and all other forms of intolerance
- Improved skills of public authorities to effectively investigate, prosecute and adequately sentence incidents of discrimination;
- Improved support to victims, better public awareness of rights and increased number of reported incidents;
- Improved cooperation and exchange of information among public authorities (in particular municipal and regional administrations), as well as between public authorities and other actors such as civil society organisations and community representatives, to improve responses to discrimination, racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance;
- Improved knowledge and awareness among public and law enforcement authorities of the impact of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance and current trends, and better understanding of the various forms of intolerance and of the legal framework;
- Improved system of recording discrimination and collecting data, an improved methodological approach and better inter-institutional cooperation on data collection;
- Effective development and implementation of comprehensive frameworks, strategies or plans of action to prevent and combat, racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, LGBTIQ phobia and other forms of intolerance.
Regions / countries for funding
Albania (Shqipëria), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least two applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:
- under the first, second and third priority: the beneficiaries must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the programme, or an international organisation; organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.
- under the fourth priority: the coordinator must be a public authority of one of the countries participating in the programme; the other applicant(s) must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the programme, or international organisations.
In order to be eligible the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- non-EU countries: countries associated to the CERV Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
To be eligible under the first, second and third priority, grant applications must also comply with all the following criteria:
- Coordinators must be non-profit making. Organisations which are profit-oriented may apply only in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.
- Other applicants must be legal entities (public or private bodies) formally established in one of the eligible countries or an international organisation;
- Activities must take place in any of the eligible countries.
- The project can be national or transnational.
To be eligible under the fourth priority, grant applications must also comply with all the following criteria:
- Coordinators must be public authorities.
- Other applicants must be legal entities (public or private bodies) formally established in one of the eligible countries or an international organisation.
- Activities must take place in any of the eligible countries.
- The project can be national or transnational.
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)
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 (to be uploaded):
- detailed budget table (template available in the Portal Submission System – to be re-uploaded filled out in the format xlsx)
- CVs (standard) of core project team
- activity report of last year of the main applicant and the partners, if applicable (for proposals submitted by consortia)
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years of the main applicant and the partners, if applicable, i.e., for proposals submitted by consortia) (template available in Part B)
- for participants with activities involving children (under 18 year old): their child protection policy covering the four areas described in the Keeping Children Safe Child Safeguarding Standards
Proposals are limited to maximum 45 pages (Part B).