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Call: Call for proposals limited/restricted to National Roma Contact Points

Acronym CERV
Type of Fund Direct Management
Description of programme
"Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme"

The general objective of the Programme is to protect and promote rights and values as enshrined in the Treaties, the Charter and the applicable international human rights conventions, in particular by supporting civil society organisations and other stakeholders active at local, regional, national and transnational level, and by encouraging civic and democratic participation, in order to sustain and further develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies which are based on the rule of law.

Furthermore, the Programme shall have the following specific objectives, which correspond to strands:

  1. to protect and promote Union values (Union values strand);
  2. to promote rights, non-discrimination and equality, including gender equality, and to advance gender mainstreaming and the mainstreaming of non-discrimination (equality, rights and gender equality strand);
  3. to promote citizens’ engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union and exchanges between citizens of different Member States, and to raise awareness of their common European history (citizens’ engagement and participation strand);
  4. to fight violence, including gender-based violence (Daphne strand).

Union values strand

The Union values strand shall focus on protecting, promoting and raising awareness of rights by providing financial support to civil society organisations which are active at local, regional, national and transnational level in promoting and cultivating those rights, thereby also strengthening the protection and promotion of Union values and respect for the rule of law and contributing to the construction of a more democratic Union, democratic dialogue, transparency and good governance.

Equality, rights and gender equality strand

The equality, rights and gender equality strand shall focus on:

  1. promoting equality and preventing and combating inequalities and discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, and respecting the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds provided for in Article 21 of the Charter;
  2. supporting, advancing and implementing comprehensive policies aimed at:
    1. promoting women’s full enjoyment of rights; gender equality, including work-life balance; women’s empowerment; and gender mainstreaming;
    2. promoting non-discrimination and the mainstreaming thereof;
    3. combating racism, xenophobia and all forms of intolerance, including homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, interphobia and intolerance on the basis of gender identity, both online and offline;
    4. protecting and promoting the rights of the child;
    5. protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities;
  3. protecting and promoting Union citizenship rights and the right to the protection of personal data.

Citizens’ engagement and participation strand

The citizens’ engagement and participation strand shall focus on:

  1. supporting projects aimed at remembering defining moments in modern European history, such as the coming to power of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, including the causes and consequences thereof, and projects aimed at raising awareness among European citizens of their common history, culture, cultural heritage and values, thereby enhancing their understanding of the Union, of its origins, purpose, diversity and achievements and of the importance of mutual understanding and tolerance;
  2. promoting citizens’ and representative associations’ participation in and contribution to the democratic and civic life of the Union by enabling them to make known and publicly exchange their views in all areas of Union action;
  3. promoting exchanges between citizens of different countries, in particular through town-twinning and networks of towns, so as to afford them practical experience of the richness and diversity of the common heritage of the Union and to make them aware that such richness and diversity constitute a solid foundation for a common future.

Daphne strand

The Daphne strand shall focus on:

  1. preventing and combating at all levels all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls and domestic violence, including by promoting the standards laid down in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention);
  2. preventing and combating all forms of violence against children, young people and other groups at risk, such as LGBTIQ persons and persons with disabilities;
  3. supporting and protecting all direct and indirect victims of the forms of violence referred to in points (1) and (2), such as the victims of domestic violence perpetrated within the family or within intimate relationships, including children orphaned as a result of domestic crimes, and supporting and ensuring the same level of protection throughout the Union for victims of gender-based violence.
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Call for proposals limited/restricted to National Roma Contact Points
Description of call
"Call for proposals limited/restricted to National Roma Contact Points"


The objective of the Call is to foster the implementation of the EU Roma strategic framework on equality, inclusion and participation (EURSF) in the Member States.

Hence, the Call will also actively contribute towards promoting equality and preventing and combating inequalities and discrimination on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation and respecting the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds provided for in Article 21 of the Charter.


The aim of this Call is to advance the institutional development and capacity of the National Roma Contact Points for Roma equality, inclusion and participation (NRCPs) in their role of facilitating national consultation processes, particularly through reforming and strengthening their established National Roma Platforms (NRPs). NRPs purpose is to promote and facilitate dialogue, mutual learning, cooperation and policy review among all national stakeholders (e.g. Roma and pro-Roma civil society organizations, activists, elected and appointed officials in public administration, academia, etc.). Within the context of the NRPs, the NRCPs are also expected to boost in a gender-sensitive way the representation of Roma people in the platform structures, including women and youth, as well as by nominating a Roma representative to ensure the link between National and the European Roma Platforms.

National Roma Platforms aim to:

  • support National Roma Contact Points in their task of coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the national Roma strategic framework on equality, inclusion and participation;
  • support the NRCPs in their task to mobilise and ensure the continued engagement in outcome-oriented efforts and processes of all relevant stakeholders (i.e. high level public authorities, Roma and non-Roma civil society organisations, activists and professionals from various areas of relevance, elected and appointed Roma officials, entrepreneurs, trade unions, employers’ and children’s rights organisations, academia, etc.), in particular by providing a forum and encouraging self-mobilisation and cooperation of Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations;
  • strengthen multi-stakeholder accountability, ownership and transparency of the process of Roma equality, inclusion and participation, following the adopted EURSF and its horizontal and sectoral objectives;
  • boost the commitment of the NRCPs and relevant stakeholders to an effective implementation of measures promoting Roma equality, inclusion and participation at national and local level, improving equal access of Roma to mainstream services and opportunities and strengthening mutual trust and understanding between Roma and non-Roma;
  • complement and increase synergies with other EU and/or national initiatives, such as the European Platform for Roma inclusion and the Roma Civil Monitoring initiative (ensuring a regular forum for presentation, discussion and debate on its results and recommendations for policy review and monitoring);
  • identify gaps and challenges in the implementation of National Roma Strategic Frameworks and contribute with suggestions and recommendations to relevant stakeholders on how to address them; contribute to reporting at national and EU level on these findings and recommendations, including on data collection and evaluation studies;
  • raise awareness, whenever necessary, and catalyse prompt responses by relevant stakeholders, concerning emerging challenging situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or other crises;
  • encourage the active engagement of Roma, particularly women and youth, including by offering dedicated traineeships or junior positions to Roma youth in national structures linked to the implementation of national Roma platform processes.

Expected impact:

  • increased number of national Roma platforms with gender-balanced representation seen as an integral component of coordination and monitoring activities carried out by the national Roma contact points to foster stakeholder dialogue, cooperation and coordination;
  • increased involvement and contribution of experts and stakeholders in processes aimed at addressing issues related to Roma equality, inclusion and participation, including legislative and administrative practices;
  • strengthened cooperation and exchange of information between competent national authorities in relation to Roma equality, inclusion and participation;
  • increased sustainability of Roma participation in policy and decision-making processes and their review and reforming.
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Thematic Focus Justice, Safety & Security, Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Children & Youth, Education & Training, Demographic Change, Migration, Health, Social Affairs, Sports, Art & Culture, Cultural Heritage, History, Media
Funding area EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, NGO / NPO, National Government, University, Association, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Public Services, Other, Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined)
Applicant details 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))
  • Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
  • International organisations are not eligible.
  • EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
Project Partner Details other eligibility conditions:
  • applicants must be National Roma Contact Points, with only one application per Member State being accepted;
  • the application must involve only the National Roma Contact Point (no partners).
Project duration min 12 months
Project duration max 24 months
Further info 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  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):
    • CVs (standard) of core project team;
    • activity reports of last year;
    • list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years)
    • 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 45 pages (Part B).
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details The available call budget is EUR 1,900,000.

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (90%).

Project budgets (maximum grant amount applied for) cannot be higher than EUR 200,000.
Submission Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal. Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Contact Details

Technical Secretariat

For the  strands "Union Values" and "Citizens’ engagement and participation": Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

For the strands "Equality, rights and gender equality" and "Daphne": Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.
Email: EC-CERV-CALLS@ec.europa

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