EU Global Call for Proposals: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Program 2018

Deadline: 21 December 2018

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) program 2018 to support civil society in protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.

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Program Lots and Objectives

  • LOT 1: Support to LGBTI Human Rights Defenders and their organisations working in areas where LGBTI persons are most at risk of discrimination
    • The specific objectives of Lot 1 are:
      • to protect LGBTI Human Rights Defenders1 (HRD) and their organisations from threats in short, medium and long-term, and support their preventive security;
      • to build the capacities of LGBTI human rights defenders and their organisations in supporting local initiatives, grassroots and nascent movements, encouraging the creation of LGBTI alliances and networks and engagement with new allies in most at risk situations;
      • to strengthen advocacy work at local, regional and international level by LGBTI human rights defenders and organisations, including , including legislative and policy reforms, as well as awareness raising about discrimination against and violation of human rights of LGBTI persons;
      • to support LGBTI human rights defenders and organisations for better strategic litigation, reporting and documentation on cases of SOGI discrimination, and targeted capacity building of police and law enforcement agencies;
  • LOT 2: supporting the fight against the death penalty
    • Specific objectives are defined in line with the EU Guidelines on the Death Penalty1, as follows:
      • To support legal reform in order to abolish the death penalty, establish a moratorium and/or restrict the use of the death penalty;
      • To enhance respect of the right to a fair trial and of minimum standards for those facing the death penalty in line with the EU Guidelines on Death Penalty and the Safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty (Economic and Social Council Resolution 1984/50);
      • To enhance capacities and raise awareness of legal professionals, judicial and administrative actors, local civil society, youth, media and other relevant stakeholders on the death penalty;
      • To improve transparency and access to accurate information on the death penalty.
  • LOT 3: supporting civic activism and participation by leveraging digital technologies
    • The specific objectives of Lot 3 are to improve the capacity of civil society and citizenry to:
      • Support freedom of expression and a diversity of public opinion and representation, and countering illegal hate speech online, particularly in times of societal stress or crisis (Voice and Participation)
      • Counter disinformation, promote reliable independent sources, and facilitate access to information for ordinary citizens on public issues (Transparency)
      • Advocate for accountability in service delivery and the management of public funds (Accountability)

Funding Information

  • Lot 1:
    • minimum amount: EUR 500,000
    • maximum amount: EUR 2,000,000
  • Lot 2:
    • minimum amount: EUR 500,000
    • maximum amount: EUR 1,500,000
  • Lot 3:
    • minimum amount: 1,000,000
    • maximum amount: 2,500,000

Eligibility Criteria

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  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person or an entity without legal personality or a natural person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a specific type of organisation such as:
      • civil society organisations or an association of civil society organizations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community-based organisations, indigenous peoples’ organisations, disabled persons organisations and private-sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level;
      • National Human Rights Institutions, Ombudspersons;
      • universities;
    • 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.
  • For-profit organisations may also be eligible in exceptional and duly justified cases. Indeed, in situations where registration or receipt of foreign funding as non-profit organisation is made very difficult or might put the entity in danger, civil society organisations may be obliged to register as for-profit organisations to continue operating in the field of human rights. The validity of the justification will be examined by the Evaluation Committee.
  • International public-sector organisations set up by international agreements, specialised agencies set up by such organisations and other organisations assimilated to such international organisations (i.e. the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) are not eligible under this call for proposals. United Nations agencies are not eligible under this call for proposals.
  • No nationality restriction applies to lead applicants and, if any, to co-applicants and affiliated entities.
  • 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.
  • 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

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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  • Avatar Prince M Kromah says:

    Thanks for the call for proposal. I work for Humanitarian Initiative for Community Development (HICOD), Can two or more civil society organizations form a consortium and apply for the fund?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Prince M Kromah,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Prince M Kromah says:

    What is the timeline of the project?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Prince M Kromah,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Sampson Boymah says:

    State of Nation is registered in PADOR but I do not remember the password.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Sampson Boymah,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Felix Nyaaba, Executive Director/Founder of CenVI,GH says:

    CENTRE FOR VICTIMS OF INJUSTICE, GHANA (CenVI,GH) is happy for this project. But can individual NGO apply for this project?

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Felix Nyaaba,

      Yes, you can apply for this grant as this opportunity is open to citizens of any country. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Cathy says:

    The link given is not working please advise

  • Avatar Cathy says:

    Thank you for sharing. I’m a Human Rights Commissioner With the Equality and Human Rights Commission on St Helena Island, South Atlantic, please could let me know if we’re eligible to apply. Unfortunately link doesn’t work even when copying and pasting it displays the same guidelines.
    Thank you

  • Avatar Cathy says:

    I am a Human Rights Commissioner working for the Equality and Human Rights Commission on St Helena Island. Are we eligible to apply?
    Thank you

  • Avatar jacob majak says:


  • Avatar Meer Muhammad Yaseen says:

    i am New here Meer Muhammad Yaseen from Karachi Pakistan President Mehran Awareness & development Organization working for Youth Women child Development without discrimination gender cast religious and sect so i need your honorable support for grants seeking

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Meer Muhammad Yaseen,

      FundsforNGOs is a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding. We are not a funding organization and we do not provide grants.

      Thank you!

  • Avatar Mulindwa Benjamin says:

    Thanks for such opportunities, however, we kindly request that you prioritize grassroots organizations with limited funding that are directly linked to the affected and target populations.

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Mulindwa Benjamin,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!


    Hope for Humanity Africa is a charity, non-political, non-profit, non-religious organization created in 2012 and registered in 2018 with Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in the Republic of South Sudan. We are committed to supporting and promoting better living standards at household level through integrated emergency and development programmes in Research, Human rights, Democracy, Law Reform, rule of law and Environmental protection, Peace building and Conflict transformation.
    Our concept of development is based on addressing human rights as the root cause of poverty, building capacity of communities to become self-reliant and using emergency assistance as a bridge for sustainable communities in the long run. We strongly believe in the importance of adaptive and action research as the basis of intervention in Protection, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), Health, Education, Peace building and Conflict transformation.
    Hope for Humanity Africa mirrors to addressing contextual community challenges by delivering human rights interventions through creating proactive communities that derive solutions to their challenges on their own. But where communities are unable to defend themselves, the organization responds through the use of legal mechanisms provided under the African Union legal regime, the regional legal regime and international legal regime through strategic litigation to address these challenges.
    …..Can we be eligible for the funding? we re based in South Sudan and i WANI SANTINO JADA is the current executive Director

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi there,

      Read the eligibility criteria mentioned in the section of “Eligibility Criteria”. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Baisani Thomas says:

    May I get the application form

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Baisani Thomas,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Enzama ernest says:

    Dear Team
    Your contribution towards strengthening voices and and participation of the vulnerable ordinary citizenry in the highly elitist polities, promoting transparency and accountability in the very corrupt governance systems of especially the developing worlds will go a long way to leveraging efforts of the human rights, good governance and anti-corruption activists in helping to stand-up the civic rights of the majority poor citizenry in the developing worlds. We appreciate this noble contribution

  • Avatar Anichebe Paulo says:

    I work for BEULAH COOPERATIVE an NGO in Lagos Nigeria, are we also eligible for this grant?

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Anichebe Paulo,

      This opportunity is open to citizens of any country. You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

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