The Council of Europe Office in Pristina, in framework of the project “Promoting human rights and non-discrimination principles at the local level-II”, is launching a call for proposals for local CSOs aims to support local civil society organisations working on human rights issues, including non-discrimination, to engage in shadow reporting, networking with municipal stakeholders and local awareness campaigns on equality.
The purpose of the Project is to build the capacities of municipal authorities and other relevant institutions to monitor and report on human rights in line with international and European human rights standards. NGOs from all municipalities can apply.
In particular, this call for proposals aims to support local civil society organizations working on human rights issues, including non-discrimination, and to engage them in shadow reporting, networking with municipal stakeholders and local awareness campaigns on equality.
Project partners include the Office for Good Governance, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ombudsperson Institution, the Ministry for Local Self-Governance, Municipalities and Civil Society Organisations.
Further to the general objective, preference will be given to:
- Projects/actions planned to be implemented as a partnership between NGOs and local institutions, especially with the anti-discrimination/human rights offices at municipal level;
- Proposals/actions targeting youth and youth NGOs;
- Projects/actions with specific focus on combating hate speech and generating positive messages to foster inclusion of vulnerable groups, as those mentioned;
- Projects are encouraged to have a gender mainstreaming and an intersectional dimension.
- The available indicative budget under this call for proposals is 16,000.00 (sixteen thousand Euros). The Council of Europe intends to award 4 (four) grants of a maximum amount of 4,000.00 (four thousand Euros) each.
- The implementation period of the projects should start on 11 December 2023 and shall not extend beyond 30 April 2024.
- Reporting requirements shall be completed by 20 May 2024 at the latest.
- The grants will fund projects designed:
- to promote human rights and anti-discrimination principles;
- to foster cooperation between local NGOs and Municipalities;
- to increase awareness of the citizens/people living in targeted municipalities of what is hate speech and its dangers on societies;
- to reinforce capacities of local NGOs and local institutions on jointly responding to hate speech.
- Projects should target in particular the following key stakeholders: civil society organizations, municipalities and municipal officials, victims of hate speech and vulnerable communities, for example, but not exclusively, ethnic and religious minorities, Roma, LGBTI, women, persons with disabilities, etc.. As an ultimate goal, the general public is considered as targeted stakeholder.
- The above list is not exhaustive, and projects may propose to target other relevant stakeholders, while keeping in mind the general objective of the Project.
- In order to be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:
- be legally constituted as a non-governmental organization in Kosovo;
- be entitled to carry out activities described in its project proposal.
- have been active for at least 2 years in the field of human rights and/or anti-discrimination.
- 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.
- 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.
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