Call for Proposals: 2017 Joint Programme “Democratic and Inclusive School Culture in Operation (DISCO)”

Deadline: 12 February 2018

The EU/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Democratic and Inclusive School Culture in Operation” (DISCO) is currently accepting applications for project proposals for the next cycle of the Programme.

The Call for Project Proposals 2017 will support projects designed to contribute to building democratic and inclusive societies through helping develop a culture of democracy by promoting education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in States party to the European Cultural Convention.


  • Thematic Priority 1: Digital citizenship education in relation to the implementation of the Council of Europe Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture and its guiding documents
    • Participating countries are invited to support teachers in teaching and testing competences for digital citizenship for the promotion of democratic values and fundamental rights, non-discrimination, as well as active citizenship, and facilitate the acquisition of these competences based on the Council of Europe Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture.
  • Thematic Priority 2: Building democratic and inclusive school culture by embedding the learning environment in the local community (whole school/community approach)
    • The participating countries are invited to develop mechanisms to foster inclusion and a sense of belonging to a community for groups which face a high risk of exclusion, such as migrants, refugees, minorities and other vulnerable groups by creating opportunities to embed the learning environment in the local community based on a whole school/community approach.

Funding Information

  • The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is EUR 520.000 (five hundred and twenty thousand Euros).
  • The Council of Europe intends to award EUR 260 000 (two hundred and sixty thousand Euros) for the call(s) of proposals per Thematic Priority. Namely, one or two projects will be funded with an overall amount from 130.000 to 260.000 Euros per project under each Thematic Priority. The maximum budget for each implementing partner shall not exceed €85 000.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, each applicant (i.e. each potential implementing partner of a single project proposal), must:

  • be legally constituted as a non-for-profit structure (e.g. NGO or public entity) active in the field of citizenship and human rights education;
  • have 2 (two) years of experience (as confirmed in the Application Form) in carrying out relevant activities in the country concerned;
  • be entitled to carry out the activities described in the project proposal;
  • have sufficient financial capacity (stable and sufficient sources of funding) to maintain its activity throughout the period for which the grant is awarded;
  • have sufficient operational and professional capacity, including staff, to carry out activities described in its project proposal;
  • have a bank account.

How to Apply

Send all documents completed and signed in electronic form (Word and/or PDF)  at the address given on the website, with “Application – Democratic and Inclusive School Culture in Operation – Call for Proposals 1” as the subject line.

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

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