Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC)

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Standard Eligibility Conditions;  

To be eligible, grant applications must comply with all of the following criteria:

applicants and partners must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, or an international organisations. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations;

(b) the project can be either national or transnational;

(c) the application must involve at least two organisations (applicant and partner)

(d) For the year 2019, the EU grant applied for cannot be lower than € 100 000 and higher than € 250 000 (for first 5 priorities indicated below) and the initial duration of the project should not exceed 12 months, EU grant applied for cannot be higher than € 65 000 for the priority 6 indicated below) Under the first, second, third, fourth and fifth priority is 80 % Under the sixth priority is 90 %

Operating grants; The Commission will invite Framework Partners in writing to submit their proposal announcing the annual priorities.  These grants will fund operating costs and those activities of the network which have EU added value and contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the Programme among others: analytical activities, training activities, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities.  Maximum Possible Rate of Co-Financing Of The Eligible Costs is 80%


Additional Information: 

Funding goes to NGOs, public authorities and other organisations for activities that further these aims. Training, mutual learning and analysis (including studies and surveys) are the main types of action financed under the programme. All the activities funded must provide added value at EU level – in other words, their results must benefit more than one EU Member State.

EU added value; All actions to be funded by the programme must produce results whose benefits go beyond one single Member State. The following elements should in particular be looked at: Does the project contribute to the effective, comprehensive and consistent implementation of Union law instruments and policies? Will it improve public awareness and knowledge about the rights, values and principles deriving from Union law? Will it improve the understanding of potential issues affecting these rights? Is it likely to develop mutual trust among Member States and to improve cross- border cooperation? What is its transnational impact? Does it contribute to the elaboration and dissemination of best practices? Will it create practical tools and solutions that address cross-border or Union-wide challenges?

Pre-Financing option is valid depending on the duration of the project unless otherwise it is stated in project proposal (Please refer “Financial Guidelines for Applicants)

Tips for Applicants;  

The prioritized activities to be financed in 2019:

1. Promoting diversity management in the public and private sector - indicative budget of € 500 000

2. Fighting against discrimination based on sexual orientation in society and promoting the rights of LGBTI people through the implementation of the LGBTI List of Actions - indicative budget of € 1 100 000

3. Fighting against discrimination based on religion or belief, race and/or ethnic origin (excluding hate speech which is addressed in the call for proposals in section 3.2.3.), and/or multiple discrimination, to contribute to the enforcement and effective implementation of Union law and policy, such as victims' interest representation, independent monitoring, early warning and reporting - indicative budget € 1 000 000

4. Strengthening the fight against anti-gypsyism and various forms of discrimination of Roma including spatial and schooling segregation, discrimination in (access to) employment, health and housing, forced evictions, as well as multiple discrimination; promoting Roma political, social and cultural participation, empowering Roma youth, women and children and promoting their participation in developing, implementing and monitoring policies affecting them; supporting capacity building of Roma and pro-Roma civil society active at the local level - indicative budget € 1 000 000

5. Improving equality data collection in the public and/or private sector - indicative budget € 400 000

6. Supporting National Roma Contact Points on national Roma platforms - indicative budget of € 1 000 000 restricted to National Roma Contact Points


Programme Details;

The Rights and Citizenship Programme is the successor of three 2007-2013 programmes: Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Daphne III, the Sections “Antidiscrimination and Diversity” and “Gender Equality” of the Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS).

The general objective is to contribute to the creation of an area, where the rights of persons, as enshrined in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, are promoted and protected. In particular, this Programme should promote the rights deriving from European citizenship, the principles of non-discrimination and equality between women and men, the right to the protection of personal data, the rights of the child, the rights deriving from the Union consumer legislation and from the freedom to conduct a business in the internal market.

Its nine specific objectives are to:

  • Promote non–discrimination
  • Combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
  • Promote rights of persons with disabilities
  • Promote equality between women and men and gender mainstreaming
  • Prevent violence against children, young people, women and other groups at risk (Daphne)
  • Promote the rights of the child
  • Ensure the highest level of data protection
  • Promote the rights deriving from Union citizenship
  • Enforce consumer rights of common methodologies, indicators, surveys, preparation of guides…)

Programme provides support on following actions;

• Analytical activities, such as collection of data and statistics; development of common methodologies and, where appropriate, indicators or benchmarks; studies, researches, analyses and surveys; evaluations and impact assessments; elaboration and publicationof guides, reports and educational material; monitoring and assessment of the transposition and application of Union legislation and of the implementation of Union policies; workshops, seminars, experts meetings, conferences.

• Training activities, such as staff exchanges, workshops, seminars, train-the-trainers events, development of online/other training modules.

• Mutual learning, cooperation, awareness raising and dissemination activities, such as identification of, and exchanges on, good practices, innovative approaches and experiences, organisation of peer review and mutual learning; organisation of conferences and seminars; organisation of awareness-raising and information campaigns, media campaigns and events, including corporate communication of the political priorities of the European Union; compilation and publication of materials to disseminate information as well as results of the Programme; development, operation and maintenance of systems and tools using information and communication technologies.

• Support for main actors, such as support for Member States when implementing Union law and policies; support for key European level networks whose activities are linked to the implementation of the objectives of the Programme; networking among specialised bodies and organisations, national, regional and local authorities at European level; funding of experts’ networks; funding of European level observatories.



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Work Programme;





Examples of REC Programme in Action;

  • The EU-funded project sCAN – Platforms, Experts, Tools: Specialised Cyber-Activists Network (2018-2020), coordinated by Licra (International League Against Racism and Antisemitism), aims at gathering expertise, tools, methodology and knowledge on cyber hate and developing transnational comprehensive practices for identifying, analysing, reporting and counteracting online hate speech. This project draws on the results of successful European projects already realised, for example the “Research, Report, Remove project: Countering Cyber-Hate phenomena” and “Facing Facts”, and strives to  continue, emphasize and strengthen the initiatives developed by the civil society for counteracting hate speech. CAN will be implemented by ten different European partners, namely ZARA – Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit from Austria, CEJI-A Jewish contribution to an inclusive Europe from Belgium, Human Rights House Zagreb from Croatia, Romea from Czech Republic, Respect Zone from France, jugendschutz.net from Germany, CESIE from Italy, Latvian Centre For Human Rights from Latvia and the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences from Slovenia. The sCAN project is funded by the European Commission Directorate – General for Justice and Consumers, within the framework of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.
  • WORDS ARE STONES (A EU network to train young social media managers, bloggers, online activists, youtubers and young people to counter, monitor and prevent (online) hate speech and other form of intolerance) is a 24-months project co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Commission. The project is led by the project coordinator ISES (Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Socio Economico) in partnership with Associaciò per a la creaciò d'estudis i projectes sociales – CEPS (Spain), Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente – CPIP (Romania), Politehnica University of Timisoara – UPT (Romania), Family and Childcare Centre – KMOP (Greece), KOMUNIKUJEME (Czech Republic), Center Amalipe (Bulgaria), Budapest Centre (Hungary), Association of HIV affected women and their families “Demetra" (Lithuania) and NEWTOWN Management and Innovation (Italy). The general objective of the project is to combat racism and discrimination in their online expression of hate speech by equipping young social media strategists/managers, bloggers, online activitists, youtubers…and young people in general with the competences necessary to recognize and act against such human rights violations. Central to the project’s philosophy is the idea that online space is public space – human rights apply there as much in the rest of society.
  • FIGHTING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION; Female genital mutilation (FGM) is forbidden in all the countries of the European Union. But it still happens here – in some migrant communities and also among some traditionalist ethnic groups. To eradicate this very harmful practice, education and awareness-raising are vital. For this reason, DG Justice is funding a project to empower and train young people from FGM-practising communities to be advocates for change and peer mentors within their communities, with the aim of bringing about a change in attitudes and an end to the practice of FGM in Europe.
  • BULLYING PREVENTION; Bullying and cyber bullying in and out of school settings are forms of violence which can have a devastating effect on children. Schools should be safe environments that are based on mutual respect and that promote social, physical and mental well-being. Children, teachers and parents should also be aware of possible risks of being exposed to online violence. Bullying can be handled with the appropriate support, information and training of children, teachers, parents, youth workers, and experts. Early identification and intervention are crucial methods in preventing escalation. The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme supports projects aimed at developing and promoting tools, skills and best practices to prevent bullying.

Examples of Calls;

Call for proposals for action grants for limiting dual quality and strengthening consumer organisations in the EU

  • To support capacity building on rights of the child and child protection for professionals in asylum and migration REC-RCHI-PROF-AG-2016
  • To support integrated and multidisciplinary child-centred approaches to child victims of violence REC-RDAP-CHIL-AG-2016
  • Support dialogue and exchange of best practice in fostering tolerance and mutual respect REC-RRAC-RACI-AG-2016
  • Action grants to foster the successful inclusion and participation of European citizens in their host EU country's civic and political life REC-RCIT-CITI-AG-2016