European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is a European Union programme that aims to promote democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives. The EIDHR was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in March 2014 (Regulation No. 235/2014) for the period 2014-2020 by replacing and building upon the EIDHR (2007-2013) and European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (2000-2006).
This instrument is designed to support civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights. In doing this, it complements the geographical programmes, which focus on public institution-building. The EIDHR offers independence of action, which is a critical feature of cooperation with civil society organisations at national level, especially in the sensitive areas of democracy and human rights. Great flexibility and increased capacity to respond to changing circumstances or to support innovation. The EIDHR has considerable independence of action since it does not need the consent of the governments of the countries concerned for the financing of activities, are among the features of the new instrument.

The EIDHR is global in scope. It operates at national, regional and international levels and supports actions carried out in third countries throughout the world, and also in Member States if relevant to needs in third countries.

Indicative allocation of funds by lot
  • Lot 1: EUR 5 000 000
  • Lot 2: EUR 5 000 000
  • Lot 3: EUR 6 866 185
  • Lot 4: EUR 5 000 000
  • Lot 5: EUR 5 000 000

Eligibility of applicants
  • Be a natural person or an entity without legal personality9,or
  • Be a legal person and
  • Be non-profit-making and
  • Be a specific type of organisation10 such as:
  • (a) civil society organisations, including non-governmental organisations and independent political foundations; community-based organisations; private-sector agencies, institutions and organisations and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level;
  • (b) public-sector agencies, institutions and organisations and networks at local, national, regional and international level (except the National Ministries and International Organisations) ;
  • (c) national, regional and international parliamentary bodies 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
  • No nationality restriction applies to applicants, co-applicants and, if any, affiliated entities

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