Community of Democracies: Inviting Organisations for CD-UNITED Program!

Deadline: 31 December 2016

The Community of Democracies invites organizations to apply for funding through its CD-UNITED program entitled “Democracy in Action: Expanding Civil Society Space” which provides financial support to projects that support and strengthen democracy.

CD-UNITED is the Community’s flagship initiative that seeks to finance projects and initiatives that support and strengthen democracy, promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, and build civil society around the globe.

The Community of Democracies (CoD) is an international organization that drives the global democracy agenda through common action. It was established in 2000 to bring together governments, civil society and the private sector in the pursuit of a common goal of supporting democratic rules and strengthening democratic norms and institutions around the world.

Project Priorities

The project should:

  • be action-oriented with clear objectives and well-defined activities; innovative elements are introduced; the project brings added value;
  • define realistic indicators and targets;
  • have a realistic timeline – all activities are diligently planned;
  • identify potential obstacles for the project’s implementation and appropriate mitigation measures (risk analysis);
  • be a part of organization’s larger strategic plan.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applications may be submitted by: non-governmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, public institutions, private and public higher education entities, for profit organizations, unregistered organizations and public international organizations.
  • The inclusion of local civil society within the proposed initiatives is required.
  • Work with non-profit organizations is preferred; however, there may be occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
  • Applications will be assessed on “first come, first served” basis.
  • Applications are completed in English.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application forms via given website.

For more information, please visit Community of Democracies.

European Commission: Engaging Civil Society in Pan-African Issues

Deadline: 13 May 2016

European Commission is seeking proposals from organisations for a programme entitled “Engaging civil society in Pan-African issues” with an aim to improve the contribution of civil society organisations to continental decision- and policy making processes in Africa, particularly in the areas of Good Governance, Democracy, Human Rights, Peace and Security and Women’s rights.

Objectives

  • To increase CSOs’ ability to contribute to a more effective implementation and monitoring of African continental legal instruments and to a stronger awareness of the people of their rights;
  • To support CSOs’ increased participation and contribution in African continental decision- and policy making and standard-setting.

Thematic Lots

  • Support the operationalisation of the African Governance Architecture
  • CSOs’ contribution to a strong and independent African Human Rights System
  • Support CSOs’ active participation in the implementation of the Peace & Security agenda in Africa
  • CSOs’ contribution to the effective realization of women’s rights in Africa

Size of Grant

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 2 000 000 to EUR 5 000 000.

Location

Actions should take place in Africa and seek to achieve impact at continental level. Actions limited to one country only will not be eligible.

Duration

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

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a civil society organisation , a not-for-profit association or a legally registered network/platform of CSOs and
    • be established in an African country or in a Member State of the European Union 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.
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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European Union: EIDHR-CBSS to Support Civil Society & Human Rights Defenders in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Deadline: 10 May 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for a country based support scheme (CBSS) with an aim to support civil society and human rights defenders in third countries in working on human rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural), and democratization.

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) new action plan aims to reinforce the implementation of the EU’s human rights and democracy policy with a special emphasis on strengthening ownership by local institutions, mechanisms and civil society actors, and to invigorate support to human rights defenders and democracy activists.

Objectives

  • Supports human rights and human rights defenders in situations where they are most at risk.
  • Supports other EU human rights priorities
  • Supports democracy

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 150.000 to EUR 350.000

Locations

Actions must take place in the Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 18 months nor exceed 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • belong to one of the following categories: civil society organisations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community based organisations, and private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations, and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level; international and regional inter-governmental organisations;
    • No nationality restrictions apply to applicants, co-applicants and, if any, affiliated entities 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
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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European Union: Civil Society Facility Action to Support Civil Society Organisations in Macedonia

Deadline: 26 April 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for Civil Society Facility Action with an aim to enhance the impact of civil society through their involvement in public policies and further development of the civil dialogue, stronger and active contribution in policy and watchdog initiatives, policy monitoring, increased participatory democracy and improved fundamental rights.

The action also aims towards developing a strong regional partnership dialogue among civil society organisations from the IPA region, their EU counterparts and the public authorities.

The objective of this call is to strengthen the impact of the civil society in public policies and decision making to influence key reforms for further support of the country in the EU accession processes.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthening civil society horizontal measures
  • Supporting civil society in watchdog and monitoring to the public institutions
  • Supporting Fundamental Rights

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 150,000 to EUR 300,000

Locations

Actions must take place in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 12 months nor exceed 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person registered at least two years before the call is launched and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: civil society organisations i.e. organisations considered as non-state, non-profit making actors operating on an independent and accountable basis. They include: non-governmental organisations, professional associations, employers’ associations and trade unions (social partners), chambers of commerce, universities and any other non-governmental associations and independent foundations, and
    • be established in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or a in Member State of the European Union or countries that are beneficiaries of the IPA instrument and
    • be registered or accredited in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at the latest on the deadline for submission of the concept notes 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
    • be experienced and able to demonstrate their capacity to manage larger scale activities corresponding to the size and type of the project for which a grant is being requested.
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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MEPI Local Grants Program to Support Organisations and Individuals!

Deadline: 17 October 2016

The Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program is seeking single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program with an aim to serve as MEPI’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative Program offers assistance to groups and individuals striving to bring constructive, peaceful and positive change to the Middle East and North Africa. MEPI supports projects that foster partnerships between civil society organizations, communities, youth and women, the private sector, and government to advance efforts to create positive change in their societies.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthen civil society;
  • Support constructive advocacy and civic activism;
  • Support citizens’ efforts to contribute to positive economic, social, and political empowerment;
  • Expand opportunities for women and youth;
  • Strengthen the rule of law;
  • Develop independent media in service to communities; and,
  • Help communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures.

Funding Information

  • Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between $50,000 to $150,000
  • Projects are usually funded for one year, but the project and budget periods can be a minimum of three months and up to two years if a longer time period would yield more significant or better results.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank or Gaza and Yemen.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include local organizations of civil society, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities based in eligible countries mention above.
  • Any organization with a headquarters office located outside of these countries cannot apply to this program.
  • MEPI is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
  • MEPI welcomes proposals irrespective of the applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • MEPI invites applications from organizations working with vulnerable communities, including women and youth.
  • MEPI is also interested in proposals that involve the participation of persons with disabilities

How to Apply

Interested applicants must register themselves at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement.

European Union: EIDHR Country based Support Scheme in Turkey

Deadline: 11 March 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for a country based support scheme with an aim to contribute, through supporting civil society organisations, to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and to contribute to the strengthening of the international framework for the promotion and protection of human rights, justice and the rule of law.

The call is divided into two lots.

  • Lot 1: Strengthening civil society’s involvement in the making, implementation and monitoring of human rights policies at local and national levels and supporting human right defenders.
    • Objective: Strengthening civil society’s involvement and Supporting Human Rights Defenders
  • Lot 2: Promotion and protection of human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
    • Objective: To address any situation where there is a need for promoting, protecting and monitoring of the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the making, implementation and monitoring of policies at local, national and international levels or where violation of their rights is observed.

Grant Information

Any grant requested under this call for proposal for both Lot 1 and Lot 2 must fall between EUR 60,000 to EUR 300,000.

Location

Actions must take place in Turkey.

Duration

Lot 1: The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 12 months nor exceed 36 months.

Lot 2: The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 18 months nor exceed 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be civil society organisation and
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be non-governmental organisation 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
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

UNESCO Call for Research Proposals: Social Media and Youth Radicalization in the Digital Age

Deadline: 24 March 2016

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO) is seeking research proposals from researchers, institutions, research consortiums and organizations to provide a global mapping of research into the assumed roles played by social media in radicalization processes in all regions.

The research should also examine ongoing steps being taken to counter radicalization, and provide an in-depth analysis on their potential impact on online and offline freedoms. Building on these empirical findings, the study should also include recommendations for various actors including state actors, Internet companies, news media, civil society and researchers.

Focus Areas

  • Global mapping of research into the role of social media in radicalization process in all regions.
  • An analysis of counter-radicalization measures and their impact on online freedoms
  • Recommendations

General Criteria

  • Proposals should include a detailed description of the research methodology, research outline, timeline and the requested funding in US$ with a budget breakdown.
  • The research shall be written in English or French at mother-tongue level, in the form of a policy paper that will be drafted in a style targeting UNESCO’s constituents.
  • The final study will be published and distributes in print and electronic formats.
  • The research shall comprise at least 100 standard pages (minimum of 320 words each) excluding annexes and bibliography.
  • The final research will likely be published as part of a new UNESCO’s Series on these issues and budget allowing, will be translated to all six UN official languages, which will inform UNESCO’s 195 Member States and other international policy-makers on intermediaries-related policy making to promote online freedom.

How to Apply

Interested applicants send their proposals at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit UNESCO call for Research proposals.

Apply to Participate in 8th Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum!

Deadline: 20 April 2016

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) invites all interested parties to submit expressions of interest to participate in the 8th Annual Assembly of the Forum that will take place on 28-30 November 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

The Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is the key event conducted on an annual basis since 2009. It is the highest decision making body of the EaP CSF and serves as a platform for debate on the achievements of the Forum and the EaP in general, and on civil society contribution to the reform process in the region. Every year the event brings together over 200 civil society representatives from the EaP region and the EU, as well as other stakeholders.

Objectives

The EaP CSF achieves its objectives through:

  • implementing flagship projects that monitor and facilitate democratic transition in the Eastern Partnership region;
  • providing direct input and submission of written opinions and recommendations in the early stages of policy making both in the Eastern partners and the EU;
  • conducting advocacy campaigns at critical junctures;
  • monitoring the implementation of commitments and agreements made between the EU and the Partner countries within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.

Selection Criteria

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be non-governmental, non-partisan (not affiliated institutionally to a political party) organisations that respect democratic values. They should also be bona fide, independent organisations in their own right.
  • Diversity of spheres of activity: To ensure the involvement of all the major components of civil society and adequate representation for each of the thematic working groups and subgroups.
  • Involvement in the EaP: Applicants should be involved in activities relevant to Eastern Partnership priorities.
  • Involvement in the EaP CSF: Applicants are invited who were actively involved in the activities of previous Civil Society Fora, its national platforms and working groups, as well as those who are ready to be actively contributing to the work of the CSF in 2016/2017.
  • Rotation: Independent CSOs that have not participated in previous Annual Assemblies are given priority over those that have already participated.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Civil Society Forum is open to a wide range of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs): NGOs, think-tanks, non-profit foundations, trade unions, employers’ organisations, professional associations, chambers of commerce, business associations, national and international CSOs/networks and other relevant civil society actors from EaP region, but also from EU Member States and international organisations.
  • Only one person per organisation can apply.
  • The travel expenses of the representatives of organisations selected to attend the Annual Assembly as participants will be covered.
  • The organisations that can fund their own participation or willing to attend the Annual Assembly in the capacity of an observer (without voting rights) also need to submit their application.
  • Civil society organisations dealing with women’s issues/rights are encouraged to apply.
  • The organisations are encouraged to delegate women as their representatives to the Annual Assembly of the Forum.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

European Union: EIDHR Country based Support Scheme in Papua New Guinea

Deadline: 11 April 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for a country based support scheme with an aim to support civil society and human rights defenders in third countries in working on human rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural), and democratisation so as to contribute to the development and consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and respect for all fundamental rights and freedoms.

The ‘European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights’ recognizes the importance given to development and consolidation of democracy and the Rule of Law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms by providing financial support for activities promoting the goals consistent with the European Union’s foreign policy as a whole.

Objectives

  • To strengthen the institutional capacity of community justice system in Papua New Guinea;
  • To build the capacity of human rights institutions in Papua New Guinea
  • To support the rights of children or women rights to have access to support services when at risk
  • To support efforts contributing to strengthening the governance process at Districts and lower levels of government in Papua New Guinea
  • To strengthen efforts to make parliament more accessible to citizens
  • To support initiatives that promote policy dialogue among human right actors in Papua New Guinea.

Grant Information

Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 250,000 to EUR 295,000.

Location

Actions must take place in Papua New Guinea.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 12 months nor exceed 24 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, public sector operator, local authority, international (inter-governmental) organisation 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
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

EU-Egypt: EIDHR Programme to Support Civil Society and Human Rights Organisations!

Deadline: 7 April 2016

European Union is seeking proposals from organisations for a country based support scheme with an aim to support Civil Society and Human Rights organisations promoting Human Rights and Democracy in Egypt.

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is the EU thematic instrument aiming at providing assistance to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Country-Based Support Scheme (CBSS) is a component of the EIDHR designed to support Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) locally, taking into account the characteristics and specific needs of each country.

Objectives

  • The promotion and protection of political, civil, social, economic and cultural rights, especially for groups particularly vulnerable to discrimination such as the poor, women, children, and migrants
  • The promotion of and support to an inclusive society and active citizenship and a culture of tolerance and pluralism.

Grant Information

Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 50,000.00 to EUR 300,000.00

Location

Actions must take place in Egypt.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 18 months nor exceeds 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • belong to one of the following bodies: a civil society organisation, including non-governmental non-profit
    • organisations and independent political foundations, community-based organisations and
    • private-sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks thereof at
    • local, national, regional and international level 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
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.