Call for Proposals: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights – Country Based Support Scheme Afghanistan 2018-2019

Deadline: 15 July 2019

The European Union (EU) has announced a grant program entitled “European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights – Country Based Support Scheme Afghanistan 2018-2019” to support and strengthen civil society organisations working to defend and fulfil the rights of persons with mental and physical disability in Afghanistan.

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Priorities

The priorities of this call for proposals are:

  • To counter human rights violations and attacks against fundamental freedoms and rights of people with disability;
  • To increase the efficiency, responsiveness, transparency and accountability of Local Authorities in the provision of essential services to people with disabilities;
  • To increase the representation of- and to support the participation of people with disabilities, disabled peoples’ organisations (DPOs), and disability-focused organisations to local governance processes that lead to the delivery of improved and equitable services;
  • To contrast the marginalisation of people with disabilities and to foster respect for their rights and dignity; to combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to people with disabilities, including those based on sex and age, in all areas of life; and to promote awareness of the capabilities and contributions of people with disabilities.

Size of Grants

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

  • minimum amount: EUR 1 500 000
  • maximum amount: EUR 1 800 000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead applicant
    • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
      • be a legal person and
      • be non-profit-making and
      • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation and international (inter-governmental) organisation as defined by Article 43 of the rules of application of the EU Financial Regulation and
      • be established in a Member State of the European Union or Afghanistan or in any eligible countries as per the relevant provisions of the EU Common Implementing Regulation (CIR) 236/2014 for at least three years
    • This obligation does not apply to international organisations 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-applicant(s)
    • 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.
    • A minimum of two co-applicants are recommended to be involved in the action.
  • 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.
      • This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
        • Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
          • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
            • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
            • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
            • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
          • Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

How to Apply

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  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2VTYIYo and download the guidelines.

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