European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)


Standard Eligibility Conditions;

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • be a legal person and
  • be non-profit-making and
  • be a specific type of organisations such as: civil society organisations, including non-governmental organisations and
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union or any country, as all are eligible for participation in contracts financed under this Instrument, without prejudice to the limitations inherent in the nature and objectives of the action and
  • 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 and
  • in case the applicant is not established in Serbia, it must act with at least one co-applicant that is established in Serbia.
  • In case the lead applicant is not established in Serbia, at least one co-applicant that is established in Serbia is mandatory.

Additional Information;

Serbian Call for Proposal; The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 1,800,000.

The specific objectives of the call for proposals are:

  • Support to human rights and human rights defenders most at risk.
  • Support to other EU human rights priorities in line with the set of EU human rights guidelines adopted by the Council of the European Union.

Indicative allocation of funds by lot:

  • LOT 1 - EUR 800,000
  • LOT 2 - EUR 1,000,000

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

LOT 1:

  • Minimum amount: EUR 60,000
  • Maximum amount: EUR 200,000

LOT 2:

  • Minimum amount: EUR 400,000
  • Maximum amount: EUR 600,000

Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the action:

LOT 1 and LOT 2:

  • Minimum percentage: 50.00 % of the total estimated eligible costs of the action;
  • Maximum percentage: 95.00 % of the total estimated eligible costs of the action

Programme Details; 

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is a thematic funding instrument for EU external action aiming to support projects in the area of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy in non-EU countries. This instrument is designed to support civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defense of human rights.

The EIDHR is considered as a unique tool due to its specific features and represents a key added-value to the EU policy toolbox, being complementary to other EU external assistance instruments.

It offers independence of actionas it cooperates directly with human rights defenders and local civil society organisations without the need for approval of national authorities. It has the ability to address sensitive political issues (such as death penalty, torture, freedom of expression in restrictive contexts, discriminations against vulnerable groups) and can respond to emerging and complex challenges, due to its high flexibility in terms of implementation modalities.

The EIDHR has a global scope and can intervene anywhere outside the European Union, operating worldwide at national, regional or even international level, both in developing and non-developing countries.

The key objectives of the EIDHR are:

Enhancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries and regions where they are most at risk

Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in consolidating political participation and representation

Supporting actions in areas covered by EU Guidelines: dialogue on Human rights, human rights defenders, the death penalty, torture, children and armed conflicts and violence against women

Supporting and strengthening the international and regional framework for the protection of human rights, justice, the rule of law and the promotion of democracy

Building confidence in and enhancing the reliability and transparency of democratic electoral processes, in particular through monitoring electoral processes

The specific objectives and priorities of the EIDHR for the period 2014-2020 are the following:

Objective 1 – Support to human rights and human rights defenders in situations where they are most at risk.

Objective 2 – Support to other priorities of the Union in the field of human rights

Objective 3 – Support to democracy.

Objective 4 – EU Election Observation Missions (EOMs)

Objective 5 – Support to targeted key actors and processes, including international and regional human rights instruments and mechanisms.

To achieve its objectives, the EIDHR provides various types of support, including inter alia:

Grants to local civil society organisations (CSOs) and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) under the EIDHR Country Based Support Scheme (CBSS) using the standard EU call for proposals (CfP) process. Such grants are awarded, managed and monitored by EU Delegations in partner countries.

Grants to CSOs and HRDs through ‘Global’ calls for proposals (directly managed by DG DEVCO headquarters in Brussels), which are launched every year to support specific human rights priorities.

Emergency grants to HRDs at risk under the EIDHR Emergency Fund for HRDs at risk , which allows the headquarters or the Delegations to channel modest-size emergency grants of up to 10,000 Euro.

Direct and confidential grants under the Human Rights Crisis Facility to CSOs and HRDs in recognised crisis situations

Targeted actions identified in the Annual Action Programmes to support key actors.

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Work Programme:

Examples of the Projects;

Rehabilitating prisoners in Brazil


The project, which operates through a network of organisations working to promote the human rights of prisoners in Brazil, aims to expand and consolidate the rehabilitation methods promoted by the Association for the Protection and Assistance of the Convicted (APAC). Prisoners are given education and vocational training, which provides them with alternatives to a life of crime and helps reduce recidivism.


The project has helped 3,000 prisoners so far. It has achieved partnership with institutions including the Court of Justice and the State Government of Minas Gerais.

  • EU contribution €149 900
  • Project location Brazil
  • Time frame 2013 to 2015

Improving mental health and reducing economic hardship in Northern Sri Lanka


The project aimed at contributing to improving mental health and reducing economic hardship of vulnerable women and other at-risk community members in Northern Sri Lanka.


Improved functionality of women and at-risk community members affected by mental illness and psychosocial conditions. Improved capacity of community-based primary health care workers to provide basic psychosocial support and referral services to women and at-risk community members. Improved resilience and awareness of community members to improve the supportive capacity of the community. Increased economic productivity of women trough enhanced skills in traditional livelihood sectors.

  • EU contribution €400 000
  • Project location Sri Lanka
  • Time frame 2016 to 2017