Kingdom of the Netherlands: Call for Concept Notes for 2020 Human Rights Fund – Ukraine

The Human Rights Fund :

Human rights are a cornerstone of the Netherlands’ foreign policy. The Netherlands strives to protect and promote human rights all over the world. The Human Rights Fund therefore helps civil society organisations that work for the cause worldwide.

Promoting human rights and supporting Ukraine’s policy in this field  is a priority for the Netherlands,  because democracies governed by the rule of law provide the most fertile soil for prosperity, stability  and development.

The HRF Programme has been operational in Ukraine since 2010, focusing on promoting freedom of the media, supporting women’s and minority rights, and tackling discrimination.

Priority areas

  • Promoting freedom of the media and internet freedom;
  • Supporting the work of human rights defenders;
  • Tackling discrimination and violence, against women and minorities, especially – LGBTI and Roma;
  • Promoting freedom of religion and belief;
  • Business and human rights.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered according to the Ukrainian legislation;
  • Have an adequate track record, proven management capacity, and expertise in the selected priority areas;
  • Be in operation for at least one year.

Submission details

The project proposal should be submitted in a standard concept note form, in MS Word format. Each question must be answered in strict accordance with the required maximum of words. The font size cannot be smaller than Verdana 9.  Any concept note not meeting these basic technical requirements will be disqualified without appraisal.

Concept notes should meet the following criteria:

  • Focus on one or more of the above-mentioned priority areas;
  • Lead to specific, measurable and meaningful results;
  • Not duplicate activities funded by other donors;
  • Be written in proper English. No Google translation will be accepted;
  • The requested contribution should range between UAH 1.000.000 and UAH 2.000.000; or up to UAH 3.500.000 in case of a partnership/consortium projects with sub-grants to one or more NGOs (with a special focus on NGOs in the regions and small communities);
  • Maximum project duration: 24 months;
  • Twinning with Dutch civil society organisations can be considered.

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