EIDHR 2020 Global Call for Proposals

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Contracting Authority: European Commission

European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
Supporting Human Rights Priorities – Global Calls

EIDHR 2020 Global Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission of concept notes:
20/11/2020 at 12:00 (Brussels date and time)


The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is one of these instruments and was established by Regulation (EU) No.235/2014 adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 11 March 2014 for the period 2014-2020, establishing a financing instrument for democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives.

This instrument is designed to support civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights. In doing this, it complements both geographical programmes that focus on public institution-building as well as other thematic programmes, such as the CSO-LA programme. The EIDHR is also global in scope, operating at national, regional and international levels and supports actions carried out in third countries outside the European Union, throughout the world. The EIDHR offers independence of action, which is a critical feature of cooperation with civil society organisations at national level, especially in the sensitive areas of democracy and human rights. It offers great flexibility and increased capacity to respond to changing circumstances or to support innovation.

Geographical lots

In order to invite pilot actions in different parts of the world whilst maintaining geographical focus and maximum impact at country levels, this call for proposals has four geographical lots:

  • Lot 1 – Africa
  • Lot 2 – Asia and the Pacific
  • Lot 3 – Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Lot 4 – Enlargement and Neighbourhood countries


The global objective of this call for proposals is to support and empower civil society in protecting and promoting democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.

Eligibility of applicants

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • be a legal person or an entity without legal personality or a natural person; and
  • be non-profit-making; and
  • Be a non-governmental civil society organisation active in human rights and/or democracy
    work (please note that the Evaluation Committee will take into consideration the different legal forms of registration in the respective countries, for which the applicant should attach a justification);
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicants and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary;

No nationality restriction applies to applicants and, if any, to co-applicants and affiliated entities.

Please note that international organisations are not eligible under this call for proposals.

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