LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

FAQs - Call for project proposals: Responding to anti-LGBTI forces

Do you have any questions regarding our call for proposals? Read the answers to our FAQs below.

ILGA-Europe have launched a re-granting programme to strengthen the capacities of LGBTI organisations in Europe to achieve change in the current landscape of rising anti-LGBTI forces.


Can we collaborate with a political party that is supporting LGBTI causes? 

We are not able to directly support projects that are proposed by political parties or groups, as these grants prioritize supporting LGBTI organisations. However, projects can support work to strengthen links with diverse types of allies, including political ones. However, we cannot finance any costs for political parties as partners in this project (this includes costs of staff of parties, consultants for parties, rentals and administrative costs incurred by parties or direct activity costs carried out by parties). Costs that would be allowable include travel or subsistence costs of people affiliated with political parties to events organized by a civil society organisation, or costs of speakers, consultants and similar individuals who, while they might be affiliated with a political party, are delivering work for the civil society organisation directly as contractors. 

Can we collaborate with a mainstream human rights organisation?

As long as you are an LGBTI-led organisation/group and you are the main applicant, we will support various alliance building across the civil rights sector. That will fall under the second area of support under this call.

Can the application form be filled in French/German/Russian (not English) language?

Unfortunately, we can only accept applications in English.

Can an alliance of four organisations that have a signed memorandum of understanding apply for a project under this call?

Yes. Please, make sure that contact and other information about the applicants are included for all partnered organisations. In the project and activities descriptions, there needs to be a clear division of task and responsibilities indicated for each organisation. A memorandum of understanding detailing such is a great way of doing this! The budget also has to reflect clearly the distribution of the requested funds amongst partnered organisations. It is important to understand however, that if the grant is awarded to your alliance, there will need to be one organisation that takes on the responsibility for project and budget management. 

Can it be a cross-border project when two or more organisations are partnered across, for example, Balkan countries? Could the application be submitted from the partnership of LGBTI organisations from different European countries?

Yes, partnered organisations can be located in different countries and come up with a cross-border project. Please, make sure that contact and other information about the applicants are included for all partnered organisations. In the project and activities descriptions, there needs to be a clear division of task and responsibilities indicated for each organisation. The budget also has to reflect clearly the distribution of the requested funds amongst partnered organisations.
And just as a reminder, for this call Europe is considered to include the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

If a partner organisation is located outside of Europe (for example, in the USA or in Central Asia), please, see the answer to the next question. 

We are based in Canada/USA/Australia but we work internationally through our members. We are wondering if a partnership between a European organisation and a Canadian/US/Australian organisation could be eligible?

In this case, the main applicant has to be a European LGBTI organisation and they have to show clearly and argue in their application why this partnership with a Canadian/US/Australian organisation is important for the project. The European organisation as the main applicant also has to be the primary financial beneficiary in this project and the organisation that is responsible for managing the work: in other words, the majority of financial resources have to go to the European organisation.  

Can the project have an art element/ can the project be in art?
We understand communication quite broadly as work on ways that we tell the story about who we – LGBTI people – are and about our lives. Work in communication includes work with visual components (design, video etc). So yes, the project can have an art component as long as the project’s content and main objectives are aligned with one or more of the areas of work under this call: communication, alliance building and/or LGBTI movement cohesion and as long as the project is led by a LGBTI organisation. 

Are there any restrictions for funding of projects in the area of religion? In our country the discriminatory rhetoric is very much religion related.

The project can address specific forms of anti-LGBTI rhetoric and attacks which include those anti-LGBTI actors who use religious frameworks. We know that there in many places LGBTI groups work or would like to work in closer alliance with progressive religious groups, which is work that can be supported under the alliance building part of this project. There are also various LGBTI groups with a religious affiliation, in principle you are also welcome to apply.  In your application form you can elaborate on your particular local context of anti-LGBTI rhetoric and attacks and elaborate on how you are going to address these forms of attacks and what would be your concrete steps to achieve change. Just to note, that your project has to uphold the human rights framework in addressing religious (and any other) frameworks. Additionally, due to the restrictions of the original funder, covering costs of certain specific religious activities (such as organising mass or other forms of religious expression without a link to the broader objectives of the call) cannot be supported. 

Can we work develop a project that addresses racism and xenophobic rhetoric in our country and develop a partnership between LGBTI organisations and organisations working with migrants?  

Yes, this can be an eligible project as far as it falls under one or more areas of work under this call. For example, it aims at creating new alliances, finding common grounds and forging common argumentation with civil rights organisations working with other marginalised groups (in this case, migrants). As we note in the call, anti-LGBTI actors are essentially anti-rights actors that work to undermine fundamental human rights of people more broadly. So we understand this work is important and it fits well under this call. 

Can I send the idea of the project to you, or can we have a call, before developing the application so you can provide feedback on whether this idea is worth applying with?  

Unfortunately, we don’t have capacities to provide detailed feedback on projects in the process of development, and providing detailed feedback on the framing of the project would not be fair towards other applicants. However, we will be happy to answer concrete questions about certain aspects of the application process and/or eligible costs and/or if there something that you find unclear in the call. You can drop an e-mail to (general and content-related queries) and to (budget and financial questions).  

Which specific groups do you have in mind as primary beneficiaries of this call?

The primary beneficiary of this call is the European LGBTI movement, as in LGBTI groups and organisations whose work specifically focuses on LGBTI communities (in general or with some LGBTI subgroups). We also focus on LGBTI-led organisations and groups which means those who directly represent the LGBTI community. This can include groups that represent a part of the community. What we will assess for all groups is if they have sufficient capacity to undertake this programme, which means that the work needs to build on previous work and the organisation needs to demonstrate that they have the skills and capacities required, including on the financial and administrative aspects required for managing this grant. 

How do you expect organisations to demonstrate their "LGBTI group" status?

The application form has a set of specific questions that allow us to see and verify the LGBTI status of the organisations/groups. For example, we look at the primary target group of the organisation. we will assess that LGBTI people are taking decisions and if they are represented in decision making positions. In some instances, we have already worked with an organisation in some way so we know its profile and priorities and, if not, we will ask you to provide two references. Mainstream human rights organisations that do not focus primarily on LGBTI communities and want to start a LGBTI project are not eligible to apply. 

The call states that in the selection procedure, priority will be given to organisations working in challenging circumstances. If we are an organisation based in seemingly better-off Western European country, does it mean our proposal would have less chances to be successful?  

Your organisation operating in a Western/Northern European country does not mean that your application will a priori have less chances to be successful.  While looking at the project we will look at your analysis of the current context in your country (and if applicable around the rights of a particular LGBTI subgroup). In this respect, by “challenging circumstances” we also mean circumstances of particular LGBTI subgroups even if they live in ostensibly “safe” countries. We recognize that, for example, the lived realities and challenges of trans and intersex people, LGBTI BPOC, LGBTI migrants, LGBTI people in rural areas may not be captured by and reflected in the legal standards of countries in Western/Northern Europe. We will look at whether the affected (sub)groups have limited or no access to funding to do the much-needed work in the areas covered by this call and if the context of anti-LGBTI activity leads to a situation in which this work couldn’t be done otherwise. Other criteria will also come into play – we will look at whether you have a clear plan for how the envisaged change is going to come about and whether established practices/tools/solutions will have the potential to enhance the movement’s thinking on addressing anti-gender and anti-LGBTI rhetoric and attacks in a longer-term perspective. 

We are planning to open a media studio to improve the quality of our media products, reach out to new audiences and allies. Could we include purchasing some new equipment under this proposal? 

Equipment, whether new purchases or already existing equipment, can be included in the project budget but you can only include the depreciated value corresponding to the length of the project period. You have to look at how depreciation is calculated in a particular country, but it could be something like including 1/3 of the total value of an asset that has a 3-year useful life and you plan to use it throughout the 12-month project. Please note, however, that the assessment will also depend on the relevance of that specific equipment to the project’s overall aims and activities. So try to be as specific as possible in the budget narrative and narrative proposal about why this specific equipment is crucial to the project implementation.

We are planning to apply with a project, but our biggest problem is that we do not have our own space for gathering, socializing and exchanging experiences. Can we apply for funds to rent an office for a year as long as the project lasts?

Yes, it is possible to add office rental costs into the budget for a project in this call under the following conditions:

  • You will be using the office for staff working specifically on this project and/or for holding activities implemented within this project;
  • You explain how much of the total office rent will be covered by this project and why. For example, you include 50% of the total rent because 50% of the time, this office is used for project activities. Or you include 80% of the rent because 80% of the staff working in this office are working on this project. 

This is a project grant, not core funding, so please note that it is unlikely that this project can cover 100% of the office rent. However, this will depend on the assessment of what specifically you need the office rent for and why. So please explain this in detail in the budget narrative in order for us to assess the needs accurately.

We are a big organization with a considerable annual budget applying with two smaller organizations with almost no budget (one of them is not registered). Is there a cap on annual budget for organizations who want to apply? Will it lessen the chances of proposal to succeed if we apply with the smaller organisations? 

There is no cap on annual budget for organisations who want to apply. In your case where you are a bigger organisation applying for the project in a partnership with smaller organisations, it is crucial to make clear in the proposal how this partnership in fact strengthens the smaller organisations and is beneficial for them, and how you as a bigger organisation commit to the project (given that it is a small grant compare to your annual project and therefore might not be a priority). 

As with any application submitted by organisations in partnership, please make sure that contact and other information about the applicants are included for all partnered organisations. In the project and activities descriptions, there needs to be a clear division of task and responsibilities indicated for each organisation. The budget also has to reflect clearly the distribution of the requested funds amongst partnered organisations. It is important to understand however, that if the grant is awarded to your alliance, there will need to be one organisation that takes on the responsibility for project and budget management. In this case, it can be your organisation that has an experience in managing the grants (which is one of the criteria for selection as well).

Can we apply in order to fund existing workforce or for opening a new short-term job contract?

It is possible to pay a part of an existing employee’s salary for a reasonable % of the total salary that corresponds to the amount of time to be spent working on this specific project. It is also possible to create a new short-term contract just for the project, but again, only a reasonable contribution to this salary that corresponds to the amount of time spent working on this specific project (or it could be just a part-time contract). Whatever works better for you administratively. Please note that you should explain in the budget narrative the role of that person and a rough number of hours that they would be working on the project so that we can make an assessment. 

For non-project staff e.g. accountant, director, please note that you can include up to 10% of the budget as overheads, for which you will not need to provide documentation during financial reporting. But you will need to provide a detailed calculation(s) of your figure included for overheads in the budget narrative of your application in order for us to assess and approve this.