The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC) promotes and protects specific individual rights and freedoms that derive from European Union law. REC promotes gender equality, rights deriving from citizenship of the EU, children’s rights and Roma inclusion; and funds projects aimed at combating all forms of discrimination and racism and fighting violence against women, young people and children.
The annual call for operating grants aims to support the annual work programmes of European networks active in the area of rights of persons with disabilities and which have signed Framework Partnership Agreements with the European Commission.
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 REC Programme, including: analytical activities, training activities, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities. Funding will enhance the capacities of the networks to contribute actively to the development and implementation of all relevant policies.
A budget of €3.5 million is available for the 2018 call. The Commission expects to fund between eight and 12 proposals.
Up to 80% of project costs will be supported. Applicants must guarantee co-financing of the remaining amount from their own resources or from other sources other than the European Union budget.
The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017.