[EuropeAid Grants] Support to core functions of Human Rights-based CSOs in Turkey

Deadline for submission: 28 May 2021

TheEuropean Union is pleased to launch a call for proposals to support Core Functions of CSOs “to contribute to strengthening participatory democracy by improving the resilience of rights-based civil society organisations and grassroot organisations in Turkey“.

The call aims to support core functions of rights-based civil society organisations — including those active in the field of human rights promotion and protection- combining financial support with capacity-building.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  • To support human rights civil society organisations and grass root organisations to secure their functioning (lot 1): The beneficiary is expected to provide financial support to third parties and capacity-building to allow organisations to operate independently and to sustain their operations while being organisationally and institutionally strengthened.
  • To increase the capacity of civil society organisations (lot 2): The beneficiary is expected to combine a long-term comprehensive package of capacity building with financial support to third parties to enhance the organisational strength of rights-based civil society organisations.


The priorities of this call are:

  • Use of a Rights-based Approach (RBA): A rights-based organisation is understood as an organisation that respects the rights-based approach (RBA). The five RBA working principles: applying all rights; participation and access to decision-making process; non-discrimination and equal access; accountability and access to rule of law; transparency and access to information should be implemented as appropriate in relation to any proposed project, in each step of the project cycle from identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring to evaluation.
  • Gender mainstreaming and use of sex-disaggregated indicators mentioned in the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020: Gender equality is an integral part of the RBA, encompassing the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights. Gender equality constitutes a fundamental human rights principle and a common value of the European Union (EU Treaties, EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020).
  • Use of innovative tools to support CSOs and evidence of complementarity with actions undertaken through other EU-funded programmes will be considered as an added-value.
  • Priority for lot 1 will be given to actions including support to CSOs working on rights of persons belonging to minorities and on non-discrimination.

Funding Information

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is BUR 7,000,000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds. Indicative allocation of funds by lot/geographical distribution:
Support to human rights CSOs and grass root organisations to secure their functioning EUR 3,000,000;
Structured capacity-building of CSOs EUR 4,000,000.