Deadline: 29 April 2020
European Commission is currently accepting proposals for a program entitled “Capacity-Building in the Area of Rights of the Child”.
This call for proposals will focus on the following priorities:
- Priority 1. To increase general awareness and knowledge, including among children, of children rights and in particular, but not limited to, the right to be heard and express their voices on issues that matter to them.
- Priority 2. To design, test, establish and evaluate mechanisms of child participation at local level.
- Priority 3. To assess national legislative and policy frameworks for child participation, with a view to designing and implementing tools to promote child participation at national level.
The indicative maximum amount earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 3 350 000.
The initial duration of the projects should not exceed 24 months.
Under the first priority, activities shall include:
- public campaigns promoting children’s rights in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child, and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights;
- trainings and the production of training material for professionals as well as child friendly material on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child;
- activities with children to increase their knowledge on their rights and what their rights mean in the European Union context.
Under the second priority, activities shall include :
- the design, implementation and evaluation of child participation mechanisms at local level, for example, children city councils, children advisory boards, and consultations with children;
- peer learning and peer support among local authorities from the same or a different country, aimed at fostering exchange of knowledge and good practices on how to embed child participation in local decision-making processes.
Under the third priority, activities shall include:
- mapping of existing national legislation and practice to assess how child participation is embedded in national frameworks;
- development of strategies and plans to foster child participation at national level, as well as of handbooks, check-lists, training material, to build capacity on child participation;
- design and implementation of child participation mechanisms at national level.
- Increased awareness on and general knowledge of children rights, and their practical implementation, among the general population, professionals working with children, and children themselves;
- Increased space provided by local authorities for children to make their voice heard on issues that matter to them, as well as increased capacity to take children’s opinion into account in local decision making process;
- Strengthened knowledge and expertise on how to embed child participation in decision making at local and national level – throughout the whole participaiton process (listening to; following-up; and proving feedback);
- Enhanced inclusive, meaningful and imptacful child participation at local and national level.
- List of eligible countries:
- Eligibility of the lead applicant (i.e. coordinator) and participants (partners)
- The applicant and the partners must be public bodies or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the programme, or international organisations.
- Organisations that are profit-oriented may only submit applications in partnership with public bodies or private non-profit organisations.
- Under the REC programme, entities affiliated to a beneficiary and linked third parties are not considered as project participants, unless they are included as partners in the proposal.
- Eligibility of the application
- The project can be either national or transnational;
- The application must be submitted by a partnership, including at least two organisations (applicant and partner) actively involved in the implementation of the proposed action (unless specified otherwise);
- The EU grant requested cannot be lower than EUR 75 000. There is no maximum limit.
Note: for applicants and partners established in the UK: please be aware that they must comply with the eligibility criteria for the entire duration of the action for which a grant is awarded. If the UK withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular, that UK applicants and partners continue to be eligible, they will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of the grant agreement.
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