EU-Nigeria: Enhancing Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities

Deadline: Different for different lots

The European Union is seeking proposals for its program in Nigeria divided into two lots:

Lot 1:Enhancing Civil Society Organisations

Lot2:Enhancing Local Authorities

Lot 1: Civil Society Organization

Deadline: 28 August 2015

European Union aims to foster an enabling environment for citizen participation and civil society action and cooperation, exchange of knowledge and experience and capacities of civil society organisations in support of internationally agreed development goals.

Size of Grant

Any grant requested must fall between €300,000 and €400,000.


To enhance Nigerian CSOs’ contributions to local governance and development processes in Cross River State and Kano State as a pre-condition for a more equitable, open and democratic society through:

  • Actors in governance and accountability;
  • Partners in promoting social development;
  • Stakeholders in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth.


  • Promotion of more accountable, responsive and inclusive local government budgetary processes
  • Enhanced citizen and community engagement for effective and pro-poor service delivery in local government areas, with a focus on health, water and sanitation, social protection, basic infrastructure and electricity.


The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 48 months.


Actions must take place in one or more of the following countries: Nigeria – Cross River State and Kano State

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:
  • be a legal person; and
  • be non-profit-making; and
  • be one of the following types of entities
    • non-governmental organisations and other relevant non-profit organisations, and networks thereof at local government or state level based in Cross River State or Kano State, though preference will be given to networks; or
    • private sector bodies such as consumer associations and trade unions, and networks thereof at local government or state level based in Cross River State or Kano State, though preference will be given to networks; or
    • public sector bodies such as employee trade unions, community-based organisations, community development associations at local government level based in Cross River State or Kano State.
    • be nationals of Nigeria which must have evidence of registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria either as Land Perpetual Succession, Incorporated Trusteeship or Limited by Guarantee (or specifically created by statute in the case of public sector non-profit agencies) or have valid and current state or local government area level registration in Cross River State or Kano State.
  • Applicant must act with its co-applicant which must be local government council in the state where the applicant is based (i.e. Cross River State or Kano State).
  • Co-applicant(s) must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the applicant himself
  • The applicant and co-applicant must act with affiliated entities which include:
  • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the beneficiary (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the beneficiary (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
  • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the beneficiary (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the beneficiary;
  • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the beneficiary (sister companies).

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