|Acronym || CERV
|Type of Fund || Direct Management |
"Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme"
The general objective of the Programme is to protect
and promote rights and values as enshrined in the Treaties, the Charter and the applicable international human rights conventions,
in particular by supporting civil society organisations and other stakeholders active at local, regional, national and transnational
level, and by encouraging civic and democratic participation, in order to sustain and further develop open, rights-based,
democratic, equal and inclusive societies which are based on the rule of law.
Furthermore, the Programme shall have
the following specific objectives, which correspond to strands:
protect and promote Union values (Union values strand);
- to promote rights, non-discrimination and equality, including
gender equality, and to advance gender mainstreaming and the mainstreaming of non-discrimination (equality, rights and gender
- to promote citizens’ engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union and exchanges
between citizens of different Member States, and to raise awareness of their common European history (citizens’ engagement
and participation strand);
- to fight violence, including gender-based violence (Daphne strand).
The Union values strand shall focus on protecting, promoting and raising awareness of rights
by providing financial support to civil society organisations which are active at local, regional, national and transnational
level in promoting and cultivating those rights, thereby also strengthening the protection and promotion of Union values and
respect for the rule of law and contributing to the construction of a more democratic Union, democratic dialogue, transparency
and good governance.
Equality, rights and gender equality strand
The equality, rights
and gender equality strand shall focus on:
- promoting equality and preventing and combating inequalities and discrimination
based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, and respecting the principle
of non-discrimination on the grounds provided for in Article 21 of the Charter;
- supporting, advancing and implementing
comprehensive policies aimed at:
- promoting women’s full enjoyment of
rights; gender equality, including work-life balance; women’s empowerment; and gender mainstreaming;
- promoting non-discrimination
and the mainstreaming thereof;
- combating racism, xenophobia and all forms of intolerance, including homophobia, biphobia,
transphobia, interphobia and intolerance on the basis of gender identity, both online and offline;
- protecting and
promoting the rights of the child;
- protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities;
and promoting Union citizenship rights and the right to the protection of personal data.
engagement and participation strand
The citizens’ engagement and participation strand shall focus on:
projects aimed at remembering defining moments in modern European history, such as the coming to power of authoritarian and
totalitarian regimes, including the causes and consequences thereof, and projects aimed at raising awareness among European
citizens of their common history, culture, cultural heritage and values, thereby enhancing their understanding of the Union,
of its origins, purpose, diversity and achievements and of the importance of mutual understanding and tolerance;
citizens’ and representative associations’ participation in and contribution to the democratic and civic life of the Union
by enabling them to make known and publicly exchange their views in all areas of Union action;
- promoting exchanges
between citizens of different countries, in particular through town-twinning and networks of towns, so as to afford them practical
experience of the richness and diversity of the common heritage of the Union and to make them aware that such richness and
diversity constitute a solid foundation for a common future.
strand shall focus on:
- preventing and combating at all levels all forms of gender-based violence against women
and girls and domestic violence, including by promoting the standards laid down in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing
and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention);
- preventing and combating all
forms of violence against children, young people and other groups at risk, such as LGBTIQ persons and persons with disabilities;
and protecting all direct and indirect victims of the forms of violence referred to in points (1) and (2), such as the
victims of domestic violence perpetrated within the family or within intimate relationships, including children orphaned as
a result of domestic crimes, and supporting and ensuring the same level of protection throughout the Union for victims of
|Link || Link to Programme |
Networks of Towns
|Description of call |
"Networks of Towns"
promote exchanges between citizens of different countries;
- To give citizens the opportunity to discover the cultural
diversity of the European Union and to make them aware that European values and cultural heritage constitute the foundation
for a common future;
- To guarantee peaceful relations between Europeans and to ensure their active participation at
the local level;
- To reinforce mutual understanding and friendship between European citizens;
- To encourage
cooperation between municipalities and the exchange of best practices;To support good local governance and reinforce the role
of local and regional authorities in the European integration process.
It is expected that Networks of Towns projects
reflect on a new narrative for Europe, citizen-oriented, equality promoting, forward-looking and constructive that would be
more engaging for the younger generation in particular. Projects may be based on the outcome of citizens’ consultations and
may lead to debates about concrete ways to create a more democratic Union, to enable citizens to re-engage with the EU and
to develop a stronger sense of ownership of the European project.
Networks of Towns should provide towns and municipalities
the possibility to deepen and intensify their cooperation and debate in a long-term perspective, to develop sustainable networks
and to outline their long-term vision for the future of European integration.
maintaining a bottom-up approach, specific focus could be given to:
- Strengthening the European and democratic
dimension of the EU decision-making process
Networks of Towns are invited to develop projects which reinforce
democratic governance by supporting citizens’ active involvement in European political life and the exercise of their electoral
rights. These projects would help countering low turnout in elections, populism, disinformation and challenges facing civil
- Supporting free and fair elections in Europe,
In view of the European elections
of 2024, Networks of Towns are invited to work on the preservation of the EU's democratic institutions and on citizens’ participation
in them. Coordination within and among relevant networks could lead in particular to the establishment of common working methods,
capacity building to detect and address threats to elections, elaboration of models of good practice and guidelines.
a sense of belonging to Europe by promoting the debate on the future of Europe
Networks of Towns could
give citizens the opportunity to express what kind of Europe they want. Debates should be based on the concrete achievements
of the European Union and on lessons learnt from history. Such debates may as well suggest actions that the European Union
could undertake to foster a sense of belonging to Europe, to understand the benefits of the European Union and to reinforce
the EU's social and political cohesion. Networks of towns are encouraged to respond to the objectives of the Conference on
the Future of Europe.
- Reflecting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local communities
COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the ways in which our democracies and civic participation function. The need to prevent the
spread of the contagion led to the imposition of strong restrictions on individual and collective freedom. Networks of Towns
are encouraged to reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the life within and the functioning of local communities
as well as on the forms that civic participation takes under the COVID-19 crisis.
offer towns and municipalities the opportunity to develop larger-scale projects with the aim of increasing their projects’
impact and sustainability;
- To allow beneficiaries to develop more thematic and policy-related projects;
forge lasting links with partner organisations;
- To raise awareness of the benefits of diversity and to tackle discrimination
- To increase and encourage mutual understanding and acceptance towards European minorities, such as Roma;
raise awareness on the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights and its application and promote a culture of fundamental rights;
improve information on the rights conferred by EU citizenship and improve their implementation in Member States;
raise awareness and better provision of information to mobile EU citizens and their family members on their EU citizenship
|Link || Link to Call |
|Thematic Focus || Equal Rights, Human Rights,
People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Capacity Building,
Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Children & Youth, Education & Training, Demographic Change, Migration,
Art & Culture, Cultural Heritage, History, Media, Administration & Governance, Clustering, Development Cooperation,
Economic Cooperation, Health, Social Affairs, Sports |
|Funding area || EU Member
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|Origin of Applicant ||
EU Member States |
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
|| Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union,
International Organization, NGO / NPO, National Government, Association, Public Services, Other |
details || In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: |
- be legal entities
(public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including
overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- non-EU countries: EEA countries and countries associated to the CERV Programme
or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before
- Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons,
i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
|Project Partner || Yes |
|Project Partner Details
|| Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 5 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which
complies with the following conditions: |
- entities are municipalities from at least 5 eligible countries of which at
least 3 are EU Member States.
- for the applicant and partners: be a public body or a non-profit organisation: towns/municipalities
and/or other levels of local authorities or their twinning committees or other non-profit organisations representing local
- activities must take place in at least two different eligible programme countries.
|Project duration min || 12 months |
|Project duration max
|| 24 months |
|Further info || Proposals must be complete and contain all the
requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents: |
Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B).
- Application Form Part A —
contains administrative information about the participants and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to
be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
- Part C
(to be filled in directly online) containing additional project data including mandatory indicators
annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4
- for participants with activities involving children: their child protection policy covering the four areas
described in the Keeping Children Safe Child Safeguarding Standards
- lump sum calculator
- a letter of support
signed by the Municipality (applicable to applicants and partners under the category “Non for profit organisation representing
a local authority”).
|Type of Funding || Grants |
|Financial details || The
available call budget is EUR 6,500,000. |
The grant parameters (maximum grant amount, funding rate, total eligible
costs, etc) will be fixed in the Grant Agreement (Data Sheet, point 3 and art 5). The grant will be a lump sum grant. This
means that it will reimburse a fixed amount, based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs.
(maximum grant amount): no limit.
|Submission || Proposals must be submitted
electronically via the Funding
& Tenders Portal. Paper submissions are NOT possible. |
|Contact Details ||
For the strands "Union Values" and "Citizens’ engagement and
participation": Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
For the strands "Equality, rights and gender equality" and "Daphne": Directorate-General
for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.
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