CSOs as Actors of Governance and Development – Russia [EC]

Concept Notes due 4.4 2019. The global aim is to contribute to the reinforcement of Russian civil society organisations as a pre-condition for a more equitable, open and democratic society; and for inclusive and sustainable development and growth.

Specific Objectives
LOT 1: To promote the social rights and protection of disadvantaged groups [Total Allocation: EUR 2 200 000]

  • Priority Actions should pay particular attention to the inclusion and rights of the following target groups: children, elderly, victims of domestic violence, persons with disabilities, persons with communicable diseases, homeless, minorities.

Grants Range: EUR 300 000 – EUR 500 000 (50 % – 90% of the total eligible costs of the action). Project Duration: 24-48 months.

LOT 2: (a) To promote the economic and social rights/empowerment of women; (b) To promote social economy and economic inclusiveness. [Total Allocation: EUR 5 500 000].

  1. Priority Actions aimed at supporting women’s labour market participation, promoting women’s equal access to – and control over – resources, productive employment, decent work, equal pay and access to finance.
  2. Actions aimed at developing and strengthening social entrepreneurship targeting population with limited opportunities for social and economic empowerment (disadvantaged groups) and community mobilisation, with a particular focus on rural, less developed and remote areas.

Grants Range: EUR 500 000 – EUR 750 000 (50 % – 90% of the total eligible costs of the action). Project Duration: 24-48 months.

Lead Applicants must be non-profit civil society organisations established in the territory of the Russian Federation, as recognised by international law, or in an member state of the European Union or European Economic Area. Lead applicants will be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entities, and not merely acting as an intermediary.

Actions must take place in the territory of the Russian Federation, as recognised by the international law. However, if absolutely necessary, some project activities may take place in other countries. Such cases need to be duly justified.

Applicants shall pay particular attention to:

  • Genuine and equitable partnerships between European and partner countries actors, where opportune;
  • Multi-stakeholder approaches and testing of innovative partnerships that facilitate optimal synergies and best use of different stakeholders’ experiences and capacities i.e. including “non-usual” stakeholders (who have been less involved until now) in processes: trade unions, media, financial actors etc.;
  • Promotion of innovative forms of interactions between CSOs and Local Authorities in local public policy-making, aiming at good governance and development outcomes through joint efforts.
  • As set out in the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020, each selected project will have to report against relevant SMART sex-disaggregated indicators