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2020 European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR-CBSS) – Israel

2020 European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR-CBSS) – Israel

Deadline: 19-Nov-20

The European Union (EU) has announced a call for proposals for the 2020 European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR-CBSS) Israel, to contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights in Israel in line with international and domestic standards and obligations and to the upholding of democratic principles.

Seed Grants

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

Objective 1: To support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) rights, Human Rights Defenders, and their organizations working in areas where LGBTI persons are most at risk of discrimination.
Examples (indicative and non-exhaustive list) of activities for Objective 1:
Building crisis management capacities of LGBTI HRDs and organisations support the adoption of proactive security plans, including digital security.
Building capacities of LGBTI HRDs to document violations and improve monitoring of and reporting on discriminations and violations of fundamental rights because of an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) , notably through engaging with and building the capacity of police and law enforcement agencies.
Support to strategic litigation and challenge of discriminatory laws at local, national and regional level.
Development of strategic advocacy plans to raise awareness on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) discrimination and to submit reports to national and international institutions.
Challenge social norms and perceived roles of individuals in societies leading to discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons who are particularly vulnerable targets for bias-motivated killings and rape based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Development of strategies by LGBTI activists to engage with new allies (doctors, teachers, families…) to multiply supporters in the reality of shrinking space for civil society.
Capacity building for LGBTI local organisations, activists, and grassroots movements in sound financial management, advocacy and communication work, security plans, support to victims, monitoring and reporting, strategic engagement with the authorities, encouraging peer learning and the creation of regional and international networks and alliances.
Objective 2: To support democracy and protection of fundamental freedoms by leveraging digital technologies.
Examples (indicative and non-exhaustive list) of activities for Objective 2:
Application, adaptation and/or scaling of tested successful technologies developed by CSOs in Israel:
To increase awareness and civic engagement in public affairs and decision making,
To monitor and respond to the impact of private sector activity and its impact on human rights,
To monitor implementation of public policy and the management of public funds in the area of promotion of digital tools and their impact on human rights,
To monitor public service delivery, improve transparency and accountability, and contribute to the fight against corruption, particularly at the level of client interface,
To monitor and respond to the proliferation of disinformation,
To research and monitor social media for illegal hate speech, disinformation, and restrictions of freedom of speech,
To develop online alternatives and counter-narratives to hate speech and restrictions of freedom of speech, and enhance transparency on how manifestations of hate speech and other forms of intolerance are addressed online.
Adapt, or scale successful technologies to facilitate advocacy on the above issues.
Develop methodologies or strategies to strengthen civil society engagement on the above activities.
Disseminate and facilitate best practice on the above activities.
Objective 3: Reinforcing respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights in the territories occupied by ‘scads, in particular by enhancing the accountability of duty bearers.
Examples (indicative and non-exhaustive list) of activities for Objective 3:
Awareness-raising activities toward local communities, general public, legal professionals and administrative actors, youth, media and other relevant stakeholders on rights holders’ status.
Strengthening rights holders’ capacities and role e.g. through trainings; access to tools for increasing their capacity to face intimidation and violations; access to resources in matters of legal defence.
Training and capacity-building of vulnerable groups and/or grassroots organisations on negotiation, advocacy, lobbying, litigation, strategies of change, researching, monitoring, documenting and reporting about widespread and systematic violations of human rights.
Advocacy, lobbying and development of strategies to enhance accountability of duty bearers in legislative and policy-making processes at all levels.
Activities aiming at documentation of abuses and collection of disaggregated data (including sex- disaggregated) to improve transparency, accountability and access to accurate information on non-respect of international humanitarian and human rights laws.
Funding Information

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 1 500 000.
The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
Size of grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

minimum amount: EUR 150 000
maximum amount: EUR 400 000
Eligibility Criteria

Lead applicant(s)

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

be a legal person;
be non-profit-making;
be a specific type of organization such as civil society organizations, including non-governmental non-profit organizations and independent political foundations, community-based organizations, universities and private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organizations, and networks thereof at local, national, regional, and international level;
be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.

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 himself.
Co-applicants must sign the mandate form.
Affiliated entities

The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with an affiliated entity(ies).
Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
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 an 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?

To apply for this call for proposals the lead applicants need to:

Provide information about the organizations involved in the action. Please note that the registration of this data in PADOR is obligatory for this call for proposals:
Concept note step: Registration is obligatory for lead applicants applying for EU contributions of more than EUR 60 000.
Full application step: Registration is obligatory for co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies). Lead applicants must make sure that their PADOR profile is up to date.
Provide information about the action in the documents. Please note that online submission via PROSPECT is obligatory for this call,
PADOR is an on-line database in which organizations register and update information concerning their entity. Organizations registered in PADOR get a unique ID (EuropeAid ID) which they must mention in their application.
It is strongly recommended to register in PADOR well in advance and not to wait until the last minute before the deadline to submit your application in PROSPECT.

If it is impossible to register online in PADOR for technical reasons, the applicants and/or affiliated entity(ies) must complete the ‘PADOR off-line form attached to these guidelines. This form must be sent together with the application, by the submission deadline.
Before starting using PADOR and PROSPECT, please read the user guides available on the website. All technical questions related the use of these systems should be addressed to the IT helpdesk via the online support form in PROSPECT.
Natural persons who apply for a grant (if so allowed in the guidelines for applicants) do not have to register in PADOR. In this case, the information included in the PROSPECT and the grant application form is sufficient.
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