Deadline: 22 September 2017
The European Commission-Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion is accepting proposals for a program entitled “Establishment of four-year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the area of rights of persons with disabilities & Operating grants for 2018” to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, to ensure that people with disabilities can fully enjoy their rights.
- Supporting the implementation of the priorities of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, taking into account both the Progress Report on its implementation and the main results of the public consultation as mentioned above; contributing to the reflection on the post European Disability Strategy 2010-2020.
- Contributing to the implementation of the UNCRPD and promoting the involvement of the national member organisations in the implementation;
- Support the human rights model of disability, including in disability assessment and determination as well as in social protection matters;
- Supporting and contributing to implement the UN Concluding Observations on the report on the implementation of the UNCRPD by the EU;
- Supporting the achievement of the Europe 2020 strategy targets on employment, poverty and education;
- Supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of EU and national policies and legislation in the area of disability, including the development of statistical data;
- Contributing to mainstreaming different aspects of disability matters in EU and national policies and legislation, particularly in the areas of accessibility, employment, education, social inclusion, social protection, health – including mental health -, human rights, international cooperation and development to make sure that the rights and needs of persons with disabilities are properly addressed;
- Supporting the European Pillar of Social Rights, including contributing to its implementation and mainstreaming disability in all its relevant areas;
- Contributing to improving the accessibility of products and services, including by supporting the work on the European Accessibility Act and other EU accessibility legislation;
- Supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, notably those with a direct impact for people with disabilities;
- Supporting and contributing to EU youth initiatives targeted at young people, including those with disabilities, to encourage inclusive education and training, access to employment, participation and independent living, and including new initiatives such as the European Solidarity Corps;
- Contributing to the development of specific policies relevant to disability in the area of independent living, in particular as regards the transition from institutional to community-based care.
- The total budget earmarked for the EU co-financing of projects under this call is estimated at EUR 3 500 000.
- The Commission expects to fund between 8 and 12 proposals.
To be eligible, applicants must comply with all of the following criteria:
- be a private non-profit-oriented organisation, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, namely all EU Member States, Iceland and Liechtenstein
- be an established formal network with its own legal personality or representing (as a joint secretariat or officially appointed coordinator) an established formal network;
- organised at European level and have member organisations/bodies or authorities in at least 14 participating countries. Only the network or the organisation appointed as the joint secretariat/officially appointed coordinator may submit an application, the member organisations are not eligible to apply.
- the network’s statutory aims must fall under the objectives of the Programme in the area of rights of persons with disabilities.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply online via given website.
Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.