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Sectors: Citizenship, Local development, Services, Social Affairs

Beneficiaries: Civil Society Organisations

Regions: Caucasus

Category: Call for proposals

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Are eligible : Georgia or other beneficiary countries of ENI or IPA II regulations, or a Member State of the European Union, or the EEA

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Responsible: European Commission

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IEV – Support for civil society development in Georgia – 2020
Funds for : strengthening the civil society in Georgia and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives 
* Lot 1 : strengthening the overall sustainability of the civil society in Georgia by contributing to enhancing its enabling environment, capacity, transparency and accountability at all civil society’s levels in an inclusive way and country wide;
* Lot 2 : contributing to a more favourable ecosystem for social entrepreneurship;
* Lot 3 : increasing the local CSOs’ competency to better perform their roles as reliable actors of governance and development at the local, regional and national level contributing to inclusive and empowered society in Georgia;
* Lot 4 : reinforcing the role of CSOs in tackling climate change and mitigating its adverse effects, including to promote fundamental freedoms and human rights by supporting CSOs active in the promotion and defence of human rights and democracy;
* Lot 5 : promoting fundamental freedoms and human rights by supporting CSOs active in the promotion and defence of human rights and democracy

Priorities
* Lot 1:
– To promote more enabling policy framework and environment for civil society sustainable development, in particular including diversification of funding for civil society organisations in Georgia thru, among other things, promoting the dialogue with the government of Georgia on support for civil society, and to promote corporate social responsibility, including awareness raising and advocacy for the CSR policy framework;
– To reinforce the relationship between civil society and population by increasing CSOs’ capacities for strengthening links with their constituencies and partners, addressing weak civic participation and encouraging community engagement;
– To enhance CSOs’ capacities for internal organisation and management, including CSO’s accountability and transparency;
– To strengthen CSOs’ capacities to conduct advocacy and oversight;
– To promote empowerment of small and medium sized CSOs across Georgia, including by supporting them through the structure of the Civil Society Regional Hubs established under the Civil Society Sustainability Initiative for Georgia (2015-2021)

* Lot 2:
– To promote policy dialogue on social entrepreneurship aiming at creating favourable environment for social impact investing, social entrepreneurship and growth of social purpose driven business;
– To promote development of social entrepreneurship particularly at the regional level 

* Lot 3:
– To promote sector specific initiatives and actions strengthening capacity of local and regional CSOs to contribute effectively to reinforcement of good governance and authorities’ accountability for socio-economic development results, in particular as concerns women empowerment, social services, justice, migration and road safety, and/or;
– To assist CSOs to make a greater impact in policy dialogue at the local, regional and national level, and/or;
– To contribute to improvement of access to social services (except for rehabilitation of inmates and former prisoners), including supporting access, to and befit from them, of the persons in most vulnerable situations (i.e.: families in vulnerable situation, single/child headed household, persons with disabilities and mental disorders, children, elderly, homeless, persons without breadwinner) should be enhanced through CSOs initiatives and multi-stakeholder partnerships, and/or;
– To promote women’s empowerment and participation in the socio-economic development, including at the local level

* Lot 4:
– To contribute to strengthening climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, as well as environmental protection by advocating participatory approach in policy development and decision making involving a wide spectrum of stakeholders including civil society at the local, regional and country level, and;
– To enhance competences and capacities of CSOs to better communicate on the fundamental correlated issues of environment degradation, climate change and health

* Lot 5:
– To support further advancing of human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the protection of the rights of minorities and groups in vulnerable situations, (i.e.: people with disabilities (PwD)), by inter alia effective implementation of the anti-discrimination legislation and through the promotion of their social, economic and cultural rights.

Amongst financed actions 
* Capacity building activities;
* Networking and structuring of networks;
* Community mobilisation;
* Civic education; 
* Drafting of policy recommendations;
* Legislation review;
* Community based initiatives;
* Promotion of volunteerism;
* Preparation and delivery of action plans;
* Joint activities with public institutions; 
* Consultations, conferences, workshops, seminars, roundtables;
* Awareness raising events, advocacy campaigns, public communication activities (TV and radio programmes, websites), publications;
* Studies, research, opinion surveys and analytical papers

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

* Initial action duration:
– Lot 1 and 2 : between 36 and 48 months
– Lot 3 and 4 : between 24 and  48 months
– Lot 5 : between 18 and 36 months

* Eligibility:
– For lot 1, 2, 3 and 4:
> Be a legal person;
> Be non-profit-making;
> Be a specific type of organisation such as: civil society organisations;
> Be established in Georgia or other beneficiary countries of ENI or IPA II regulations, or a Member State of the European Union, or the EEA;
> 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.
– Lot 5:
> Be a legal person;
> Be non-profit-making;
> Be a specific type of organisation such as: civil society organisations;
> Be established in Georgia;
> 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

* Actions must take place in Georgia