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Open calls for proposals for civil society

Currently, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), an EU programme aiming to promote democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives has an open call for proposals.

This worldwide instrument is designed to support civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights. In doing this, it complements the geographical programmes, which focus on public institution-building.

Starting from this year, an encompassing EIDHR call for proposals will be launched every year and will systematically cover core priority themes in the form of five separated lots.

The following five lots will be recurrent to any of the upcoming EIDHR call for 2014-2017 and cover respectively:

(i) Human rights and their defenders where they are the most at risk; (ii) Economic, Social and Cultural rights; (iii) Human Dignity; (iv) Discrimination; (v) other priorities planned in the multiannual programming or linked to new unforeseen areas.

The global objective of the current call is 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 following five LOTs will focus on:

LOT 1- To Support Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) organisations working at grassroots level.

LOT 2- To contribute to the monitoring and the effective implementation of the specific international core conventions ratified by GSP+ beneficiary countries in the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences+ (GSP+) context.

LOT 3 – To support the fight against the death penalty

LOT 4- To support migrants, including asylum seekers in third countries, internally displaced persons and stateless persons.

LOT 5- To Support children associated with armed forces, groups and gangs and impacted by armed violence.

The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for proposals is EUR 26 866 185. Indicative allocation of funds by LOT:

The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 01/10/2015 at 16.00 (Brussels date and time).

To apply to this call for proposals organisations must use the new electronic system (PROSPECT) developed by EuropeAid to facilitate the submission of applications. Questions may be sent by e-mail no later than 21 days before the deadline for the submission of concept notes to the address below, indicating clearly the reference of the Call for proposals: e-mail address: EuropeAid

Moldova: call for proposals in confidence building for civil society

The EU Delegation to Moldova has published the call for proposals aiming to enhance confidence-building measures and contribute to the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict.

The actions under this call will foster civil society development and contribute to the promotion of confidence building measures between both banks of the Nistru river as well as between Moldovan central authorities and ATU Gagauzia.

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is  6.500.000 euros with minimum grant allocation per proposal of 450.000 euros and maximum 1.000.000 euros.

Indicative allocation of funds by lot/geographical distribution is distributed between:

  • Support to civil society in increasing confidence between both banks of the Nistru river - 5.500.000 euros
  • Support to civil society in ATU Gagauzia - 1.000.000 euros

Information sessions will be held in Comrat, Tiraspol and Chisinau on 17 and 18 September.  

Deadline for submission of concept notes is 16:00 on 19 October 2015 (Brussels date and time). 

More information on the call available here

Other opportunities during the current 2015

Call for Proposals on development of baseline study on engagement with CSOs in Ukraine

The Civil Society Dialogue for Progress (TA project) invites proposals for the development of a Baseline study for the Roadmap for engagement with civil society organisations in Ukraine between 2014-2017.

The main objective of the baseline study is to assess the situation vis-à-vis the key priorities of the 2012 Communication and establish benchmark indicators with a view to measuring progress on the Roadmap for engagement with CSOs in Ukraine 2014-2017.

More specifically the task aims to:

  1. Develop and conduct a base line study by using appropriate methodologies and tools; elaborate on a selected set of indicators included in the dashboard of the Roadmap for engagement with CSOs in Ukraine 2014-2017;
  2. Fine-tune the list of indicators to be measured on a regular basis; 
  3. Provide specific recommendations to be followed by the EUD for the yearly report on the Roadmap (i.e. reporting to be done against the selected list of indicators).

The consultant is requested to submit a work-plan for implementing the base line. Submission deadline: 5 pm KYIV time on WEDNESDAY, 26 August 2015. THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CALL IS EXTENDED TO 5 pm KYIV time 5 SEPTEMBER 2015.

TERMS OF REFERENCE is available here

Moldova: Call for proposals for civil society under European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

With 700,000.00 euros available for potential grants, this call aims to:

  • Support Gender Equality and Women's Rights
  • Support and Monitor the Rights of Persons in Psychiatric Institutions
  • Support Protection of Persons belonging to Ethnic Minorities

The deadline for submitting the concept note is 18.08.2015. 

Call available here

Azerbaijan: EIDHR call for civil society organisations

The overall indicative amount of EU-funding available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 2,945,500 with the minimum amount awarded per grant of 200,000 euros and maximum amount of 400,000 euros.

The duration of an action planed should be at least one year and not exceed three years.

More information about the call, read here

Open call for proposals under Ukraine Civil Society Support Programme

EU Delegation in Ukraine has announced a call for proposals for the civil society organisations under the Annual Action Programme (AAP) 2014 of Ukraine Civil Society Support Programme.

The overall objective of the Programme is to enhance civil society's role in promoting democratic reforms and inclusive socio-economic development in Ukraine.

Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts of EUR 300.000 to EUR 1.000.000.

Deadline for submission of Concept note: 21 May 2015.

More information available here

Moldova: Call for Proposals for the Civil Society and Local Authorities

The total amount available for this call is 1 250 000 Euro. The minimum amount of a grant may be worth 550,000 Euro and a maximum of 625,000 Euro.

Application deadline is May 4, 2015, 4PM.

Call for proposals

Call for Project Proposals under New EaP CSF Regranting Scheme

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat is launching a Call for Proposals to sub-grant projects with an Eastern Partnership regional dimension that will contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the EaP CSF. This call aims to support the work of the five thematic Working Groups of the EaP CSF. The Call for Re-granting Proposals 2015 – Guide for Applicants describes the priorities for each Working Group and the application process.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 10 May 2015.

More information available here

Further Information about Funding Opportunities

Within the Eastern Partnership there are plenty of funding instruments available for civil society organisations from the region. Financial support is mainly channeled through the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation -EuropeAid (

The total amount agreed for the EU’s external relations package is €51,419 million over the period 2014-2020. The following financial instruments are of interest:

  • Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA): €11,699 million
  • European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI): €15,433 million
  • Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI): €19,662 million
  • Partnership Instrument (PI): €955 million
  • Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IfSP): €2,339 million
  • European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR): €1,333 million

All projects funded by the different instruments are launched on the EuropeAid website ( where you can search open calls for proposals per thematic area or country.

Important background papers to read, are the so called `country strategy papers` and `annual action programmes´ ( These docu-ments outline the specific objectives per country in the given funding period. If you are interested in getting involved in projects related to the Eastern Partnership the EuropeaAid website will provide all necessary information.

Call for Participation of subgrantees in Mentoring Programme - local energy project CLEEN

Guidelines for applicants. More info:

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