The EU's Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme aims to ensure people's rights and freedoms are effective in practice, by making them better known and more consistently applied across the EU. It also promotes the rights of children, and the principles of non-discrimination and gender equality, including projects to combat violence against women and children.

Two Action Grant Calls are currently open to applications under the 2018 REC Work Programme:

Call for Proposals to Improve the Inclusion of Mobile Eu Citizens and Their Political and Societal Participation and to Support and Enhance the Democratic Participation of Mobile EU Citizens, Particularly in Underrepresented Groups

The aim is to support Member States' efforts to address challenges arising from intra-EU mobility whilst also promoting and facilitating the effective exercise of the free movement rights by EU citizens and their family members. Project activities should foster the successful inclusion and participation of mobile EU citizens and their family members in the host EU country's civic and/or political life and/or their participation in the democratic life of the EU, particularly with a view to the 2019 European elections. Action grants will complement but not duplicate the work the Commission is funding in this domain following the publication of the 2017 Citizenship report, and of the work being funded through the European Parliament's pilot projects on e-voting and e-democracy.

Action is needed to support and enhance the democratic participation of mobile EU citizens, particularly underrepresented groups such as women and young people. This complementary call for action grants is to elaborate on the increased focus on the exercise of democratic rights in the run-up to the European elections, and of the work being funded through the European Parliament's pilot projects on e-voting and e-democracy, as a part of the Commission’s wider work on citizens’ participation.

The total budget is €1.5 million and the EU grant requested cannot be lower than €75,000.

Projects must be transnational; and the application must involve at least two organisations (applicant and partner). Applicants and partners must be public entities or private organisations established in an EU Member States including their overseas departments, and Iceland., or international organisations. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.

The deadline for applications is 26 April 2018.

Call for Proposals for Capacity-building in the Area of Rights of the Child - Putting in Place Robust National or Regional Integrated Mechanisms to Support Children Ageing out of/Leaving Alternative Care

Projects shall support capacity building of professionals working for and with children on the rights of the child and child protection: project activities shall focus on putting in place robust national or regional integrated mechanisms to support children ageing out of/leaving alternative care and they shall encompass a strong child participation component (in project conception and design/empowerment of children/the child’s right to be heard/children’s involvement in reviewing service delivery).

Project activities may include:

  • Mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation.
  • Design and implementation of protocols, development of working methods which may be transferable to other regions or countries.
  • Capacity-building and training (train the trainer).

The total budget is €4 million and the EU grant requested cannot be lower than €75,000.

Projects can be either national or transnational; and the application must involve at least two organisations (applicant and partner. Applicants and partners must be public entities or private organisations established in an EU Member States including their overseas departments, and Iceland., or international organisations. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018.