Published On: Tue, Jun 2nd, 2015

EU-RWANDA EIDHR Programme to Strengthen Civil Society Organisations

Deadline: 16 July 2015

The European Union is currently inviting proposals from eligible organizations for its program to strengthen Civil Society, divided into two lots:

  • Lot 1: Civil Society Organizations Thematic Budget line (DCI-BL CSO)
  • Lot 2: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights – Country based Support Scheme (EIDHR – CBSS).

Thematic Areas

For Lot 1: Civil Society Organizations (CSO)

  • To promote transparency, accountability and public citizen participation in the budget process/tracking and monitoring of policy implementation, especially in the fields of energy and sustainable agriculture and food security.
  • To hold public authorities accountable at all administrative levels and while empowering citizen participation in policy making and evaluation;
  • To monitor and report on Abunzi Mediation committee’s activities quality and performance as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism;
  • To strengthen the capacity of community radios as space for accountability at local and national levels to encourage public debates and dialogue;
  • To enhance free flow of information between the Government of Rwanda and other stakeholders of Rwandan society (the Private Sector, the non-profit private Media, the Civil Society and the Citizen) for a more informed citizenry.

For Lot 2:.European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

  • To strengthen Rwandan citizen’s capacity to actively participate in the democratic and election processes at local and central levels, as well as to increase citizen.
  • To support Rwandan civil society organizations in promoting and implementing the rights of detainees as part of contributing to improvement of the administration of the criminal justice system.

Priority Areas

Lot 1: CSO

  • Actions promoting budget transparency and accountability
  • Actions supporting civil society participation
  • Action aiming to strengthen the capacity of community radios
  • Actions aiming to enhance the free flow of information between the Government of Rwanda and other stakeholders of Rwandan society.

Lot 2: EIDHR

  • Actions promoting civil society organizations and citizen participation in electoral and democratic processes at local and national levels;
  • Actions supporting the implementations of rights of detainees and victims in Rwanda.

Size of Grants

Lot 1: CSO- Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 300000 to EUR 600000

Lot 2: EIDHR-Any grant requested under this call for proposal must fall between EUR 100000 to EUR 300000.

Duration

Lot 1: CSO-The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 48 months

Lot 2: EIDHR-The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 12 months nor exceed 36 months

Location

Actions must take place in Rwanda.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a civil society organization
    • for Lot 1 CSO: be established in Rwanda where the action is taking place or in a Member State of the European Union or of the European Economic Area or in a developing country as included in the list of ODA recipients, or in member countries of the OECD ;
    • for Lot 2 EIDHR : be a CSO without prejudice to the limitations inherent in the nature and objectives of the action as provided for in article 8(7), participation in the award of procurement contracts or grants, as well as the recruitment of experts, shall be open without limitations,
    • 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 and be registered for at least two years at the time of the submission of an application
  • Applicant must act with Co-applicant(s) who must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the applicant himself.
  • Co-applicant(s) can be Civil Society Organization constituted and legally established in any of the Member States of the European Union and must have been registered for at least five years at the time of the submission of an application
  • Co-applicant(s) originating from the Kyrgyz Republic must have been registered for at least three years at the time of the submission of an application
  • The applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity (ies) having a structural link with the applicants. Eligible entities may thus include-
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the beneficiary (daughter companies or first-subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the beneficiary (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the beneficiary (parent companies).
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the beneficiary (sister companies).
    • Entities legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the beneficiary participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

How to Apply

  • The application process consists of two phases-
  • Only Concept Notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application Form.
  • Prior registration in Europe Aid’s on-line database, PADOR, is obligatory for applicants, co-applicants and affiliated entities.
  • Applicants must be registered before submitting the concept note, while co-applicants and affiliated entities must be registered prior to submission of the full application, if applicable.

For more information, please visit EU-RWANDA and download the guidelines.

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