EU Call for Proposals: Regional Campaign to Prevent and Combat Violence against Women and Girls in Southern Neighborhood Countries

Deadline: 8 May 2018

The European Union (EU)  is seeking proposals for its program entitled “Regional Campaign to Prevent and Combat Violence against Women and Girls in Southern Neighborhood Countries” to contribute to gender equality and improving the status of women and girls in the Southern Neighbourhood countries.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  • to support national stakeholders in developing and implementing practical and targeted information, awareness-raising and education activities aimed atpreventing and combating violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the Southern Neighbourhood countries;
  • to develop the capacity of civil society organisations in the Southern Neighbourhood countries, and notably women’s organisations, promoting legislation criminalising VAWG and
  • the establishment of a civil society mechanism to follow the achievements on VAWG made by the national governments in the Southern Neighbourhood countries.

Funding Information

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 3,600,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead applicant
    • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
      • be a legal person and
      • be non-profit-making and
      • be a civil society organisation as defined by COM(2012) 049212 or a representative, membership-based regional network or umbrella organisation of civil society organisations (CSOs) and
      • be established in a Member State of the European Union or one of the ENI South partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia) or a country that is a beneficiary of an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) set up by Council Regulation (EC) No 1085/2006 or a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA) and
      • be a CSO or a representative, membership-based regional network or umbrella organization of CSOs whose thematic focus area is women’s rights and empowerment and
      • be a CSO or a representative, membership-based regional network or umbrella organisation of CSOs active in at least 3 countries of the Southern Neighbourhood and
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the coapplicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
    • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations
  • Co-applicants
    • The lead applicant has to be in a partnership with at least two co-applicants (in addition to the lead applicant). At least, one co-applicant must be established in a country of the Southern Neighbourhood.
    • The partnership should involve organisations which have proven and complementary experience in the relevant areas of the call for proposals.
    • The partnership will have to demonstrate strong management capacities, in particular to implement grants and preferably financial support to third parties, and to monitor and coach the third parties.
    • The lead applicant and co-applicants will have to demonstrate their expertise in the field of women’s rights and empowerment, as well as their experience implementing raise awareness, information and communication actions and capacity building activities targeting civil society organisations in the Southern Neighbourhood countries.
    • It is recommended not to involve more co-applicants than is needed. All co-applicants must be carefully chosen and play a strategic and an active role in the activities proposed. All proposals must demonstrate the value-added that all co-applicants bring to the programme and its activities.
    • 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-applicants may act with affiliated entity(ies).
    • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to coapplicants:
      • 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

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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