Applications Invited For European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights - Country Based Support Scheme

Applications Invited For European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights - Country Based Support Scheme

Organization: European Commission

Apply By: 23 Apr 2019

Grant Amount: 2000000 Euro

About the Organization:

The European Commission (EC) founded in 1 January 1958 is an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. The Commission operates as a cabinet government, with 28 members of the Commission (informally known as "commissioners"). There is one member per member state, but members are bound by their oath of office to represent the general interest of the EU as a whole rather than their home state.

About the Grant:

The European Commission is seeking Proposals for its grant program entitled “European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights Country-Based Support Schemes for India” with an aim to promote democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives.

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is a European Union programme that aims to promote democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives. The EIDHR was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in March 2014 (Regulation No. 235/2014) for the period 2014-2020 by replacing and building upon the EIDHR (2007-2013) and the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (2000-2006).This 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. The EIDHR is also global in scope, operating at national, regional and international levels and supports actions carried out in third countries outside the European Union, throughout the world.

The specific objectives of this Call are:

  • To defend and promote the rights of vulnerable groups, such as women, persons with disability, and gender-religion-caste-ethnicity based minorities, through improved and equitable access to justice;
  • To strengthen the criminal justice system to make it more equitable, effective, accessible and accountable;
  • To achieve the aforementioned objectives, the project proposals have to address at least one of the priorities below:
  • Priority A: to support human rights defenders and civil society organizations in countering human rights violations and attacks against fundamental freedoms through improved and equitable access to justice. This includes promotion of legal empowerment and awareness of the most vulnerable groups.
  • Priority B: to improve accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system, ensuring upholding of the law and legal procedures with sensitivity to the rights of victims and the most vulnerable groups. This includes promoting impactful solutions through the use of technology to make the law work for people.

Particular added-value elements:

  • The choice of specific issue(s) and geographical area should preferably be substantiated with data from diversified and reliable sources establishing the magnitude of discrimination/violence faced by the proposed beneficiaries and the denial of or delay in justice suffered by the beneficiaries.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that can demonstrate direct and effective engagement with any of the following: national and state Legal Services Authorities, national and state Human Rights Institutions, the judiciary, the Bar Council of India, state and district Bar Associations, concerned government authorities, and other justice delivery and law enforcement institutions.
  • Applications should, wherever relevant, propose innovative approaches or methodologies including the use of technology to ensure swift, efficient and cost-effective justice delivery, and/or encourage the constitution and capacity-building of networks of local organisations and implementing actors, and where possible work with the media to leverage a multiplier effect,

In addition, the action should take into account following working principles, cross cutting elements:

  • Applicants are invited to analyse relevant gender gaps, and to integrate in the proposed actions, initiatives in support of gender equality and/or women empowerment (Section 1.2 of the Concept Note and 2.1 of the Full Application Form). Applications should anticipate the relevant baseline, the methodology and an initial set of gender-sensitive indicators allowing disaggregated data gathering and monitoring of the implementation of the gender equality and/or women empowerment as cross cutting issues throughout the action. Each selected proposal will be required to include dedicated activities benefiting women. Each selected proposal will be required to report against relevant “SMART” sex-disaggregated indicators mentioned in the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020.

Size of grants:

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

Minimum amount: EUR 500,000

Maximum amount: EUR 750,000

Eligibility Criteria:

Lead applicant:

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • be a legal person and
  • be a civil society organisations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community based organisations, private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations, and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level or
  • be a public sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks 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.
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations


  • 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.
  • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.

Affiliated entities:

  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
  • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
  • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.

How to Apply:

In order to apply for the grants, applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

Application Deadline: 23rd April 2019

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