Call for Proposals: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
Concept Notes due: 21.12 2018. Support available to support (1) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Human Rights Defenders and their organisations working in areas where LGBTI persons are most at risk of discrimination; (2) civil society action towards universal abolition of the death penalty; and (3) civic activism and participation by leveraging digital technologies.
Open to legally-established non-profit-making organizations, national human rights institutions and ombudspersons. For-profit organisations may also be eligible in exceptional and duly justified cases. No nationality restriction applies to lead applicants and, if any, to co-applicants and affiliated entities.
LOT 1: Support and promote human rights of LGBTI persons and protect them against discrimination. Preference will be allocated to proposals providing support to LGBTI defenders and organisations working on intersex and transgender matters and target groups; submitted by local organisations or by regional networks / platforms / alliances / consortia of organisations. [Grants of EUR 500,000 to EUR 2,000,000].
LOT 2: Support civil society action towards universal abolition of the death penalty. Preference will be allocated to roposals submitted by lead applicants who are local organisations or by networks/platforms of local organisations; targeting multiple countries where the death penalty is most in use, where most impact can be expected (for instance, in "swing states" in a moratorium situation) or where there is a high risk that the capital punishment could be reintroduced. [Grants of EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,500,000].
LOT 3: Support civic activism and participation by leveraging digital technologies. Focus areas include: freedom of expression, diversity of public opinion and representation, countering illegal hate speech online, counter disinformation, promote reliable independent sources, facilitate access to information for ordinary citizens on public issues, advocate for accountability in service delivery and the management of public funds. [Grant Range EUR 1,000,000 to EUR 2,500,000].
The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 48 months.
Any requested EU contribution under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the action:
Minimum percentage: 51 % of the total eligible costs of the action.
Maximum percentage: 95 % of the total eligible costs of the action.
The five working principles for rights-based approaches — (1) applying all rights, (2) participation and access to decision-making, (3) non-discrimination and equal access, (4) accountability and access to rule of law, (5) transparency and access to information — should be implemented as appropriate in relation to any proposed project.
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.