Deadline: 5 February 2020
Within the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II – Action on “Preventing and combating human trafficking in North Macedonia”, the Council of Europe has launched a call for grants, which is to be opened to non-governmental organisations and non-profit legal entities.
Through this call, the Action on “Preventing and combating human trafficking in North Macedonia” will co-fund 2 (two) regional projects aimed at raising awareness among general public and in particular people at risk and/or specific groups at risk of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation.
The grants will fund projects designed to raise awareness among general public, particularly in regions which are prone to risk of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation and/or people at risk or people in vulnerable circumstances prone to such risk, or specific groups at risk of labour trafficking. Such raising campaigns might target for example seasonal workers, construction workers, textile workers, shoemakers, workers in hospitality and catering industries or youth wishing to work, or working, in the country or abroad, or potential trafficking victims among foreigners in North Macedonia, who are working in construction, agriculture, forestry, hospitality, catering industries, etc. The above-mentioned list of awareness raising campaigns is not exhaustive.
Further to the general objective, preference will be given to:
- Projects/actions proposed by non-governmental organisations, legal entities, including trade unions already involved in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation and who are participating in formal or informal alliances, networks or platforms with antitrafficking objectives and initiatives;
- Projects/actions targeting people or specific groups at risk of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, such as for example workers in the affected industries, seasonal workers or people in particular vulnerable situations which put them at risk of labour trafficking;
- Projects/actions targeting people in at-risk region(s) prone to labour trafficking;
- Projects/actions that address the gender equality dimension of trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation.
Means of action
Projects may include, but is not limited, to the following:
- Media campaign, advertising
- Social media and web interactive pages accessible to all, YouTube videos
- Brochures, billboards, posters, leaflets
- Artistic outputs (e.g., a theatre play, video campaign, , exhibitions and other artistic expression)
- A public outreach to individuals at risk (organisation of meetings, round-tables, informative materials)
- Any other means of action compatible with the aims and values of the Council
The following types of action will not be considered:
- Projects/actions providing financial support to third parties (re-granting schemes);
- Projects/actions concerning only or mainly individual scholarships for studies or training courses;
- Projects/actions supporting political parties.
- The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is 30,000 Euros (thirty thousand Euros). The Council of Europe will award 2 (two) grants of a maximum amount of 15,000 Euros each.
- The grantee will need to ascertain that the expenditure in the local currency corresponds to the above-mentioned amount (in line with the Euro foreign exchange reference rates).
In order to be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:
- be legally constituted as a non-governmental organisation under the Macedonian Law on Associations and Foundations or legal entity such as private non-profit making legal person that operates independently of any government, registered under any other relevant piece of national legislation or be legally constituted as a trade union registered in accordance with the Labour Law;
- be entitled to carry out in North Macedonia activities described in its project proposal;
- have been active for at least three years in the field of human rights protection, protection of labour rights and/or preventing and combating trafficking in human beings;
- have sufficient financial capacity (stable and sufficient sources of funding) to maintain its activity throughout the period for which the grant is awarded and to participate by way of its own resources (including human resources or in-kind contributions);
- have sufficient operational and professional capacity, including staff, to carry out activities described in its project proposal;
- have a bank account.
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