New funding opportunity for civil society organisations in Seychelles |23 September 2022
The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles is launching a call for proposals to support civil society organisations of the Republic of Seychelles, involved in climate action, good governance, gender equality and women, girls’ and youth empowerment.
The ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, Vincent Degert, said: “The European Union recognises civil society as governance and development actors in their own right and as a crucial and integral component of any democracy. For more than two decades, the European Union has been supporting civil society organisations in the Republic of Seychelles. We are aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected civil society, like society as a whole and has increased poverty and inequality. Therefore, I am proud to announce that the EU is launching a new call for proposal to continue supporting civil society in this post-Covid period. This call specifically aims at encouraging alliances between civil society organisations involved in 1) climate action, 2) good governance, 3) gender equality and women, girls’ and youth empowerment. I also hope that, through this call for proposals, civil society organisations will get the opportunity to strengthen their capacity to work in favour of these three priorities.”
Priorities of the call for proposals:
The key priorities of this call for proposal for the Republic of Seychelles are climate actions, good governance, gender equality and women, girls’ and youth empowerment.
1. Climate actions :
The EU has made climate change a central element of its external policy. It works with international and local partners to advance climate action and build resilience against the effects of climate change. In the context of its bilateral and regional relations with the Republic of Mauritius, the European Union is already supporting the country's efforts against global warming.
In continuity and in complementarity with this support, through this call for proposals, the European Union aims at providing direct support to civil society organisations involved in this sector.
2. Good governance :
Good governance is at the heart of the development priorities of the European Union, as it contributes to impartial decision-making, public accountability and control and encourages ethical behaviour by public entities. In its bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Mauritius, the European Union is already supporting the country's efforts to improve good governance in particular through support and technical assistance in the area of financial governance. Thus, in continuity and in complementarity with the above-mentioned interventions, through this call for proposals, the European Union aims to continue this support by supporting civil society organisations (CSO) working for good governance.
3. Gender equality and empowerment of women, girls and youth :
The European Union attaches particular importance to gender equality, the empowerment of women, girls and young people because respects for these values contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society. Through political dialogue with the government, various assistance measures and exchanges of experiences, the European Union is already supporting the Republic of Mauritius in its efforts to achieve this objective. This call for proposals aims at strengthening its intervention by supporting civil society organisations working for gender equality, empowerment of women, girls and young people.
Value-added elements and crosscutting issues :
Proposals must include at least one of the four following added-value elements:
- Innovation: Contributing in an innovative way to overcome Covid-related impacts on the most vulnerable.
- Digitalization: Proposing digitalization as (i) a tool to strengthen the role of CSOs as well as their capacity to reach out to partners and beneficiaries (ii) to strengthen digital skills of vulnerable groups in order to contribute to an inclusive digital transformation.
- Inclusion: Ensuring that the proposals are prepared in close collaboration with CSOs of Rodrigues and/or Agalega to ensure an inclusive and open dialogue with and between civil society organisations.
Crosscutting issues :
Proposals must tangibly and measurably address at least one of the following crosscutting issues:
- Capacity building activities of grass root CSO.
- Empowerment of vulnerable groups (women, inmates, migrant workers, disabled, minorities …).
- Gender equality.
- Youth empowerment and employment.
- Equal opportunities and minority rights.
- Fight against VIH and drug addiction.
Amount of the call:
The maximum amount made available under this call for proposals is €311,000.
Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
- Minimum amount: €100,000
- Maximum amount: €311,000
Where and how to send applications?
Applications have to be submitted online via the platform PROSPECT https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/prospect following the instructions provided in the PROSPECT user manual.
Deadline for the submission of proposals :
The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 15, 2022 at 1300hrs - Brussels time (1600hrs Seychelles local time).
The priority areas that this call for proposals will support reflect:
- The objective and priorities of the European thematic programme for civil society organisations over the period 2021 – 2027.
- Priorities identified in the Seychelles Multi Annual Indicative Programme.
- Priorities identified in the Seychelles-EU roadmap for engagement with the civil society.
- Recommendations of the Gender Action Plan for the Republic of Seychelles.
For more information, please contact:
Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles
Political, Press and Information Section
Telephone: (230) 2071515
Web site: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/mauritius