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Sectors: Citizenship, Economy - Finances, Social Affairs

Beneficiaries: Civil Society Organisations, Non-profit organisations

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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North of Cyprus

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Responsible: European Commission

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DCI – Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community – 2020
Funds for: supporting democratic governance in the TCc by reinforcing relevance, effectiveness and impact of the independent, accountable and transparent CSOs that are committed to social progress and to the fundamental values of peace, freedom, equal rights and human dignity and that work for the benefit of the public

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To encourage civil society in the TCc to pursue meaningful socio-economic change, by participating in policy and decision making and implementation, by influencing change at local and also EU level and by fostering collaboration and partnership, including in the dialogue between the Cypriot communities and in sectoral cooperation

Priorities
* Mandatory for all actions:
– Civil society capacity building

* Optional for all actions:
– Environment and climate change;
– Human rights (including gender equality and anti-discrimination);
– Good governance (e.g. public transparency and accountability, strengthening CSOs’ watchdog roles);
– Social Inclusion and youth participation;
– Media literacy and promotion of ethical journalism.

Amongst financed actions
* Actions concerned with improving regional partnership dialogue among civil society organisations in Cyprus and internationally and providing possibilities for further synergies and complementarities with other initiatives;
* Actions strengthening existing and creating new civil society platforms, networks and coalitions, including building of information sharing and transfer of know-how mechanisms including actions that lead to increased cooperation among CSOs in coalition building through local, national, regional and international networks, as well as with public bodies, institutions and other non-state actors: professional organisations, trade unions, private sector, etc; 
* Actions developing and/or formalizing consultation mechanisms between civil society and the local bodies and establishing effective channels and/or mechanisms of cooperation with duty bearers in decision making process and service delivery to the most vulnerable groups;
* Actions concerned with developing and/or establishing structured and functional mechanisms for dialogue between different sectors and between CSOs (e.g. bodies carrying out actions in the general interest and CSOs, business sector and CSOs, academia and CSOs, media and CSOs, CSOs network or platform);
* Actions concerned with policy making and monitoring of the implementation of strategies, polices and/or legal texts at local level;
* Actions concerned with the strengthening of planning and management capacities (e.g. strategic planning, organisational analysis and scans, sustainability strategies, diversification of funding resources, fundraising strategies, human resources strategies and procedures) of civil society and/or with increasing visibility of CSOs and their contribution to public benefit to enhance outreach to a wider public and increase civic engagement; Mentoring and coaching support to grassroots CSOs or CSO networks and Enhancing capacity of CSOs’ mobilisation, advocacy, project development and management;
* Actions concerned with reinforcing CSOs’ rights-based approach to development and with promoting sustainable development goals in the TCc;
* (LOT 2 only) Actions that provide financial support to small projects/initiatives of individual CSOs for targeted actions on topics relevant under priorities of the call for proposals (e.g. freedom of expression; access to information; inter-cultural dialogue and diversity; coordination and cooperation at local, regional and European level; transparency and accountability of civil society; capacity building; corporate social responsibility; good governance; organisational skills; peace education; transparency and accountability; fight against corruption; scaling up grassroots peace building; enabling environment for civil society, etc.)

Additional information 
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In the first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated 

* Initial duration of the action:
– Lot 1: between 6 and 36 months 
– Lot 2: between 24 and 36 months 

* Eligibility:
– For lot 1: in order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must: 
> Be a legal person or an entity without legal personality ora natural person;
> Be non-profit-making;
> Be a civil society organisation;
> Be established in the northern part of Cyprus;
> Be directly responsible for the preparation, management and implementation of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary;
> Not have been awarded a grant under the Cypriot Civil Society in Action VI grant scheme either as the lead applicant or as a co-applicant;
> Not have been awarded a grant under the Cypriot Civil Society in Action V grant scheme as the lead applicant

– For lot 2: in order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
> Be a legal person;
> Be non-profit-making;
> Be a civil society organisation;
> Be legally established in the northern part of Cyprus;
> Be directly responsible for the preparation, management and implementation of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary

* Actions must take place in the northern part of Cyprus