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DCI – CSOs Capacity-building Mechanism – 2020

To achieve an environment that is conducive to civil society activities and to build the capacity of CSOs to be effective and accountable independent actors

3 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors All sectors
Regions European Union, Candidate countries, European Economic Area

* EU member states
* Turkey

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Priorities and funded actions

* To reinforce the organizational and institutional capacities of the CSOs and to enhance their long-term strategic development

*  To have increased capacity of civil society organizations to carry out right-based actions and to effectively network and be engaged in joint-actions

Amongst financed actions
* Capacity building activities, including project cycle management, strategic management and thinking, organisational development, advocacy and lobbying, fundraising, visibility, working with media technology and innovation in boosting civic actions etc.;
* Activities for strengthening of existing and creating new civil society platforms, networks and coalitions, including building of information sharing and transfer of know-how mechanisms;
* Advocacy for legal changes affecting the work of the civil society organisations and adoption of new legislation in accordance with the EU standards and requirements;
* Promotion of innovative approaches in addressing relevant civil society sector issues, e.g. following best practices of other countries;
* Provision of ad hoc capacity through an help desk and dissemination of timely information in relation to the changes in legislation and policies concerning the CSOs and grant opportunities;
* Provision of sector related reports, studies, needs assessments and researches;
* Organisation of P2P national events and other events related to CSOs, in coordination with the EU Delegation to Turkey and the regional TACSO 3 project;
* Facilitating dialogue, consultation and discussion about civil society policies among different stakeholders, involving decision makers, political actors, business community, etc.
* Engagement of representatives of civil society organizations for People to People Programme (P2P) and other regional events planned in the framework of the regional TACSO3 project

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

* Duration of the action: between 36 and 46 months

* Eligibility:
– Be a legal person; 
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a civil society organisation;
– Be established in a Member State of the European Union or a beneficiary country of the IPA II or a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA);
– Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the coapplicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary

* The action must take place in Turkey, except for specific, occasional and duly justified actions as long as they contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the call


* Amount of the grant: between 2.9 and 3 million euro

* Co-financing rate: between 50% and 95% of the total eligible costs

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