EU-Congo: Strengthening the Contribution of Civil Society to Good Governance and Economic and Social Development

Deadline: 6 May 2019

The European Union (EU) is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for a program entitled “Strengthen the Contribution of Civil Society to Good Governance and Economic and Social Development”.


  • The general objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen the capacity of CSOs as promoters of good governance, social development and inclusive and sustainable growth.
  • This call for proposals has the specific objective (s) of:
    • Strengthen the capacities of Congolese Civil Society Organizations as actors of the good governance and accountability.
    • Strengthen the capacity of Congolese CSOs to participate in development inclusive growth, and meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations.

Size of Grants

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

  • minimum amount: EUR 800,000
  • maximum amount: EUR 1 400 000

Eligibility Criteria

Lead Applicant

  • To be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person; and
    • have no profit purpose; and
    • belong to one of the following categories: civil society organization to be established in one of the eligible countries
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicants and the affiliated entity or entities, and not act as an intermediary.
  • Can not participate in calls for proposals or receive a grant, applicants potential in one of the situations.

Co-Applicant (s)

  • The co-applicants participate in the development and implementation of the action, and the costs they are eligible in the same way as those borne by the lead applicant.
  • Co-applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as those applying to lead applicant himself.

Affiliated entities

  • The lead applicant and his co-applicant (s) may act with one or more affiliated entities.Only the following entities may be considered affiliated to the lead applicant and / or to the co-applicant (s):
    • Only those entities that have a structural link with the applicants (the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
    • This structural link mainly encompasses two notions:
      • control, within the meaning of Directive 2013/34 / EU on annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of enterprises:
        • Entities affiliated with an applicant may therefore be:
          • entities controlled directly or indirectly by the applicant (subsidiaries or subsidiaries of first rank) or controlled by an entity itself controlled by the applicant (sub-subsidiaries or second level affiliates), and this is valid for other levels of control;
          • entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Of the similarly, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
          • controlled entities, directly or indirectly, at the same level as the applicant (sister companies).
      • membership, ie the applicant is legally defined as, for example, a network, a federation or association of which the proposed affiliated entity is a member, or the applicant is a member of the same entity (for example, a network, federation or association) that the proposed affiliated entity.

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit and download the guidelines.

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