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In the framework of the fund « Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity », France
Coopération Internationale (FCI) launches a call for proposals in order to finance projects
Aiming at the fight against repressive legislations and/or the penalization of relationships between people of the same sex or Aiming at the fight for the freedom of speech and association on these themes.
The total amount of each grant will be between 50,000 and 60,000 Euros and will cover 100% of
the project’s budget.
Files, in French or English, can be sent by email only to the following address: before the 29th of October 2010 at 12 (Mid-day, French time).
Questions about this call for proposals can be sent until the 16th of September 2010 at 12 (Mid-
day, French time), by email to this same address. Answers to the questions received within the
deadline will be published on FCI’s web site on the 23rd of September 2010.
1. Context
The Human Rights, Sexual orientation and Gender Identity Fund is a global fund created on the
initiative of France and managed by France Coopération Internationale (FCI).
The aim of the fund is to support actions aiming at the realisation of civil, politic, economic, social
and cultural rights of persons who are victims of discrimination on the ground of their sexual
orientation and gender identity where needs are the most important. The Fund intends to promote
the respect of fundamental rights as recognised and guaranteed to everyone by all relevant
international and regional human rights instruments.
The total amount of this call for proposals is 179,000 Euros.
2. Object of the present call for proposals
The present call for proposals is launched in order to select projects aiming at:
The fight against repressive legislations and\or the penalization of relationships between
people of the same sex. In particular preference will be given to projects aiming to reach
specific changes in legal/statutory frameworks, or concrete improvement in the living
condition of LGBTI persons, as well as projects falling within the scope of the LGBTI progress
strategies in the United Nations (HRC, GAUN, special procedures, UPR...)
The fight for the freedom of speech (including gender expression), freedom of association or
demonstration on these themes. In particular preference will be given to projects supporting
demonstrations, associations or publications which are directly threatened or forbidden by
public authorities, whoever they are (police, justice, governments...).
One single grant per beneficiary is allowed, for a 1 to 2 year-project. A reserve list can be created.
Within the framework of this call, eligible activities are the following:
(a) Advocacy/lobbying activities towards local, national and regional authorities
The projects may include lobbying activities to encourage the adoption, development or better
implementation of laws in all sectors where individuals are discriminated on the ground of their
sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
(b) Public awareness raising
Through awareness-raising activities, the projects may intend to promote a better public
understanding towards LGBTI persons. The Fund may also develop the capacity of anti-
discrimination organisations and support projects promoting a positive commitment of the media
on these questions.
(c) Defence and protection
The Fund may support actions aiming to identify violations of LGBTI persons’ rights, provide
assistance and remedies to victims and fight the culture of impunity. The Fund may also help victims
to access fair trials and equitable treatment, through legal counselling for example.
A series of support measures may also be foreseen, including psychological, judicial and in some
cases even financial support, as well as the protection of LGBTI persons’ physical integrity. These
measures may be extended to their families, close relations and their rights’ defenders. Projects may
also foresee administrative and legal support for registering civil society organisations working on
the promotion LGBTI persons’ rights.
(d) Capacity building and networking
The Fund may support actions aiming to strengthen the capacities of the stakeholders involved in
the protection of LGBTI persons’ rights and to help them develop networks with other relevant
3. Eligibility criteria
In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:
Be legal persons and
Be non profit making and
Be non state actors1 and
Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action, not acting as a intermediary

The Non-state, non-profit making actors eligible for financial support under the present Fund operating on an independent and accountable basis include: non-governmental organisations, organisations representing LGBTI persons, local professionals' associations and citizens groups, cooperatives, trade unions, organisations representing economic and social interests, civil rights organisations and organisations combating discrimination, local organisations (including networks) involved in decentralised regional cooperation and integration, consumer organisations, women’s and youth organisations, teaching, cultural, research and scientific organisations, universities, churches and religious associations and communities, the media and any non-governmental associations and independent foundations, including independent political foundations.
4.Evaluation criteria
The detailed evaluation grid of the proposals is available on FCI’s web site: www.fci.gouv. Applicants should be aware that evaluators will pay a specific attention to the criteria detailed below. For the purpose of this call for proposals, preference will be given to projects implemented in countries or situations where human rights and fundamental freedoms are systematically violated, where civil society organisations working notably for the rights of LGBTI persons face heavy
difficulties, where they are threatened, where there is violent and regular repression. Therefore, the gravity and persistence of violations, together with the effectiveness of the action, are two key considerations for assessing and prioritising actions proposals
All projects will have to clearly demonstrate:
their sustainability beyond the financing of the actions, their capacity to impact on the strengthening of local structures/ organisations that their local partnerships are genuine and enshrined in the long term that they have an approach which is based on Human Rights and which implies a wide union strategy with other Human Rights organisations if possible, beyond the LGBTI field, or using strong moments of international mobilization (International day of Human Rights,
International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia etc... ) That they are coherent with trans-boarder or under-regional strategies in this field, and if possible, that they contribute to these strategies. That they have an impact on the social representation of LGBTI persons in order to reach a better acceptance of gender and sexual orientation diversity.
5.How to apply and procedures to follow
Applications must include the following documents:
A concept note (2.000 words maximum) summarizing the approach and the proposed activities following the proposed attached structure A system of monitoring and evaluation of the impact of the activities on the short/long
term (annex 1). This can be characterised by the following selected indicators relating to violations of basic human rights as contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders of 9 December 1998:
i) Limitations on the right to freedom of association (e.g. regular and widespread obstacles to registration of civil society
organisations and their independent operation, forced closure of civil society organisations, and physical threats to their members);
ii) Limitations on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly (e.g. frequent prohibition or violent repression of peaceful protests);
iii) Limitations on the right to freedom of expression, to information and to communicate (e.g. regular repression of and major reprisals for criticism of public policies, obstacles to collection, publication and dissemination of information on human rights, including access to the Internet; general censorship);
iv) Threatening and insecure environment, which seriously undermines right to life and physical and mental integrity (e.g. extra-judicial killings, death threats, beatings, torture, rape and ill treatment during questioning or detention).
v) Limitations on the right to a fair trial and due process (e.g. regular occurrences of disregard of due process, arbitrary
arrests and detention, lack of impartial tribunal and appropriate jurisdiction, restrictions on the exercise of legal defence,
legal harassment on baseless charges).
A workplan of the activities (annex 2)
A detailed budget in euros (annex 3)
Applicants whose Concept Notes are pre-selected will be invited to submit a more complete proposal that should notably include a logical framework along with their legal status. The budget must include the financing of the monitoring and evaluation system (among others the external audit required at the end of the project) and a contingency reserve not exceeding 5% of the direct eligible costs. The budget must be indicated by unit cost x number of units = total amount.
The evaluation grid, the application form and the budget are available on FCI’s website .
France Coopération Internationale -


Sparkles's picture

Thank you!


Thank you for sending out this call for applications. I believe they will help the LGBTI communities to develop project proposals that will enable them push their organizational agenda forward.


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