ILGA-Europe as a funder

Find information about the ILGA-Europe Documentation and Advocacy Fund - what we found, who we fund and what projects that have been funded in the past.

The overall goal of the Fund is to promote documentation of cases of discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations against LGBTI people according to the international human rights standards.

The objectives of the Fund are

  • to work towards LGBTI equality by gathering evidence of human rights violations and supporting evidence-based advocacy throughout Europe;
  • to promote documentation of cases of discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations against LGBTI people according to the international human rights documentation standards;
  • to build capacity of LGBTI organisations in Europe to monitor and document human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression;
  • to enable the use of well-documented information for advocacy purposes at the national level;
  • to develop methodology and tools that can be replicated in other European countries for collection of reliable information on human rights violations.

The fund started functioning in 2006 as pilot project aimed to support small grant applications from member organisations. Since begin of the Fund’s work there were 15 calls announced and more than 40 groups have been supported. By the end of 2013, 13 calls have been completed and 2 calls are currently being implemented.

The fund supports small and medium-scale projects (up to 10,000 euros with no minimal amount requirement) intended to document (cases of) discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations committed on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, as well as dissemination of the documented information.

Priority areas

  • hate crime and hate speech (including in media)
  • human rights violations by law-enforcement authorities
  • legal position of LGBTI people in an eligible country
  • freedom of assembly and association
  • discrimination and hate crimes on the grounds of gender identity and expression

The information contained in the documentation reports will subsequently be used by ILGA-Europe in its lobbying activities with the European institutions: European Union, Council of Europe and the OSCE.

Funding eligibility criteria

  • proposals will be accepted from officially registered with local authorities LGBTI organisations or initiative groups (in countries/regions, where there are no registered LGBTI NGOs) in the European region (countries-members of the Council of Europe plus Belarus and Kosovo);
  • for projects on documentation of human rights violations on the grounds of gender identity and expression ALL European countries are eligible.

The documentation grant is awarded for the purposes of collection, organisation, measurement and analysis of information). The applicants for documentation grants should not include advocacy activities or printing costs in their budget.

The advocacy grant is awarded for the purposes of includes publication (print, internet, CD, etc.), awareness raising activities and / or use of documented data for advocacy. Detailed strategies and plans must be included as part of the application. To apply for this type of grant, you already need to have information collected, organised and analysed.

More information about ILGA-Europe Documentation and Advocacy Fund - write to Boris Balanetkii, Programmes & Policy Officer

Current calls

Find here information on current calls

Human rights documentation tools

Find in this section the basic principles behind human rights violations documentation, links to other sources and resources from ILGA-Europe.

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