Citizenship, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) is the EU's funding programme for citizens' engagement and the implementation of EU rights and values. Read more about CERV here.
This call aims to protect, promote and raise awareness of EU fundamental rights and values by supporting local, regional and/or national civil society organisation
The purpose of this call for proposals is to select and support a limited number of intermediaries in the greatest number of Member States, capable of building the capacities of a large number of civil society organisations (CSOs) active at local, regional and/or national level in the fields covered by the CERV programme, including through providing them with financial support.
A civil society organisation (CSO) is to be understood as an organisational structure whose members serve the general interest through a democratic process, and which plays the role of mediator between state authorities and citizens. The EU considers CSOs to include all non-State, not-for-profit structures, who are nonpartisan and non–violent, that promote and protect the fundamental rights and values on which the EU is founded.
The priorities of this call are:
- to raise awareness on rights and values through support to civil society organisations;
- to strengthen the protection and promotion of Union values including the respect of the rule of law;
- to contribute to democratic values including by supporting dialogue, transparency and good governance, including in cases of shrinking space for civil society.
Activities to be funded under this topic:
Activities funded must comply with and promote the principles of the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy. Proposals must include both categories of activities:
- Financial support to third parties (CSOs) by intermediaries
- Capacity building for CSOs
Activities implemented by the third parties can include:
- awareness raising and outreach of rights and values under the EU Treaties and the Charter among the general public and key actors such as policy and law makers, legal professionals and the judiciary;
- ommunication and public information through social media;
- organisation of civic platforms and civic dialogues linked to EU rights and values themes;
- coalitions and partnerships among CSOs; coordination and strategic cooperation between CSOs and other stakeholders, public or private sector entities;
- Provision of free advice, watchdog and monitoring activities on EU policies and rights and values under the EU Treaties and the Charter;
- promotion of the implementation of adopted laws, regulations and Court cases;
- lobbying/advocacy to influence policy and decision making processes, including revision/updating/adoption of policies and legislation;
- research and analysis aimed at informing policy-making at EU and national level, development of tools and standards to support EU values;
- provision of support services to the target group, such as victims support, training etc.
Activities for Capacity building for CSOs (by intermediaries) may include:
- technical and methodological support for the preparation and implementation of activities of CSOs (for instance helpdesk during their application phase, support on monitoring and reporting, etc);
- training and building the capacity and sustainability of CSOs (for instance with coaching aimed at strengthening strategic thinking and managerial capacities of CSOs, fundraising training sessions, training on watchdog and advocacy methods, seminars on communication including through social media and video-making, or strengthening policy research and analysis);
- thematic training for CSOs on EU law and policies and on rights and values as enshrined in the EU Treaties, the Charter and in the applicable international human rights conventions; this category of activity is mandatory.
- awareness-raising for CSOs on the rule of law and fundamental right’s culture in the EU and its Member States;
- fostering and facilitating networking among CSOs and with relevant stakeholders with a view to promoting and protecting fundamental rights and values in the EU.
In order to be eligible,
1. the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.: EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- be non-profit-making;
- be independent from government, public authorities, political, religious or commercial interests; and
- be a civil society organisation;
2. the applicant or at least one partner, if any, must fulfil all of the following:
- have recent proven experience of at least 3 years in implementing CSO capacity building activities;
- have recent proven experience in awarding and managing grants to CSOs.
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 1 applicant.
The EU grant applied for cannot be lower than EUR 2 500 000 or higher than EUR 4 000 000.
Projects should normally last 36 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).