Grant Opportunity for Awareness Raising to Prevent and Combat Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Deadline: 22 May 2019

The Council of Europe has announced a call for applications to fund projects to raise awareness amongst different target groups, to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA), in the framework of the project End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe.

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[email protected] Project supports all Council of Europe member States to prevent and combat OCSEA, with a focus on strengthening responses in: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. It aims to co-fund national and local projects to raise awareness about OCSEA including on the following topics: the rights of victims and survivors, mechanisms available to protect victims, reporting hotlines and mechanisms to support effective investigations and prosecutions.


Projects should include multiple activities with a view to:

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  • Empower children to recognise OCSEA and to understand the actions they can take to avoid becoming a victim or seek help if they are a victim of OCSEA.
  • Empower families, teachers and other caregivers to better identify and protect children from OCSEA and the actions available to provide assistance and protection to children at risk and child-victims.
  • Raise public awareness on sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, and the need to prevent such acts.
  • Open discussion on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and help prevent and eliminate the stigmatisation of victims.
  • Promote the ratification and implementation of the Lanzarote Convention.

Budget Information

  • The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is EUR 60.000 (Sixty Thousand Euros).
  • The Council of Europe intends to award 4 to 8 grant(s) of a maximum amount of 15,000 EUR each.

Implementation period

  • The implementation period of the projects should start on 01 June 2019 and shall not extend beyond 30 June 2020.
  • Reporting requirements shall be completed on 31 July 2020 at the latest.

Target Stakeholders

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Projects should target in particular at least one of the following:

  • Children up to the age of 18.
  • Frontline professionals, such as: educators, teachers, social service providers, child protection authorities, healthcare providers, youth workers or law enforcement officers.
  • Families and caregivers (including parents, grandparents, guardians, parents’ associations).

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:
    • be legally constituted as a non-governmental organisation or not-for-profit structure or a public entity in a Council of Europe member State.
    • be entitled to carry out the activities described in its project proposal.
    • have been active for at least 5 years in the field of children’s rights.
    • 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.
  • Multiple applications are not allowed and shall lead to the exclusion of all applications concerned.

Award Criteria

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Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The relevance and added value of the project with regard to the objective of the call and the principles and standards set out in the Lanzarote Convention.
  • The extent to which the action meets the requirements of the call.
  • The quality, accuracy, clarity, completeness and cost-effectiveness of the application and the estimated budget.
  • The relevance of the experience of the applying organisation(s) and staff.

How to Apply

The application form, completed and signed, together with the supporting documents, must be submitted in electronic form (Word and/or PDF) via e-mail at the address given on the website.

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