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Sectors: Citizenship, Co-op & Development, Culture - Media, Information, Local development, Services, Telecommunications

Beneficiaries: Non-profit organisations

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Western Balkans and Turkey

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Funds for: Strengthening participatory democracies and the EU approximation process in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Main beneficiaries: CSOs

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: Strengthening participatory democracies and the EU approximation process in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Main beneficiaries: CSOs

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To strengthen participatory democracies and the EU approximation process in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Priorities
* To enhance the capacities of civil society to be effective and accountable independent actors able to engage constructively with governments on key societal challenges, including on issues relevant to the priorities laid down in the Commission communication to the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on  “A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans“;
* To enhance CSO focus on women’s rights and gender equality, thereby making CSOs, governments and EU Delegations and Office in the region more aware of the gender dimension of all their activities, and more able to act on them; 
* To enhance CSO focus on women’s rights and gender equality, thereby making CSOs, governments and EU Delegations and Office in the region more aware of the gender dimension of all their activities, and more able to act on them

Among financed actions
* Education, public awareness and communication campaigns;
* Desk research (research cannot be the main purpose of the action), baseline studies;
* Activities aimed at ensuring outreach towards grassroots and other types of local non-governmental organisations;
* Outreach to engage citizens and volunteers;
* Strengthening the monitoring and watchdog role of CSOs in the implementation of public policies and reforms;
* Enabling CSOs’ participation in the reform and policy-making process
* Training actions, study visits, field trips and internships
* Establishment of dialogue with political parties, groups of parliamentarians or legislative bodies
* Monitoring activities

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

* Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person;
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a CSO or representative network of CSOs working on one or more thematic areas of relevance to this Call for Proposals;
– Lots 1 to 9: Be established in an IPA II Beneficiary under the Instrument of Pre-accession Assistance;
– Lot 10: CSOs from EU Member States may act as lead-applicants;
– Lot 11: Be established either in Kosovo or Serbia;
– Have as a minimum one year experience in the field of the lot under which the application is submitted. In case the lead applicant is a network of CSOs, this applies also to its members;
– Be registered since at least March 2017. In case the lead applicant is a network of CSOs, at least two members of the network must be registered since at least March 2017

– The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s)

– Mandatory co-applicants:
> For the actions submitted under all the Lots, except Lot 10 and 11: CSOs or CSOs networks from a minimum of four different IPA II Beneficiaries different from the IPA II Beneficiary where the Applicants are located;
> Lot 11: CSOs, CSOs Networks and local authorities from Serbia and Kosovo. Applicants and Co-applicants must thus represent CSOs,CSOs networks and local authorities from ONLY the above-mentioned two IPA II Beneficiaries in the Western Balkans (i.e. minimum one lead-applicant and one co-applicant). A particular attention must be devoted to creating a constructive inter-cultural and inter-ethnic partnership among applicants and mandatory co-applicants;
> Lot 10: Where the lead-applicant is from an EU Member State, the co-applicants must as a minimum represent CSOs or CSOs networks from a minimum of five different IPA II Beneficiaries in addition to the applicant from the EU Member State;

– Actions must take place in the Western Balkans and Turkey. A limited number of activities could take place in EU Member States