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Supporting advocacy for the right to free assembly in the Balkans and the Eastern Partnership region

ECNL is pleased to announce a call for proposals to support national advocacy actions on the right to free assembly in Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, and Ukraine. Grant amounts are not fixed, but successful grant applications may range up to $10,000.

The right to free and peaceful assembly is an indispensable element of democracy and a healthy civil society. Recent years have seen a new era of mass protests, but also an increase in practical restrictions to the right in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. Under its Monitoring the Right to Free Assembly project, ECNL supports its informal network of local partners to monitor local laws, observe protests, research emerging issues and report and take action against legal and practical challenges affecting the freedom of assembly. The 2017-2018 monitoring reports from 12 countries can be found here.
In 2020, to support local partners engage in research and action that advances legal reform processes and improves existing practices, ECNL is inviting proposals from applicants who would like to engage in national advocacy actions designed to promote and protect the freedom of assembly in their countries.
ECNL is particularly interested in proposals that include outreach to a broader range of stakeholders (i.e. judges, members of Parliaments, Ombudsman or other national human rights institutions municipalities, women and youth) and/or aim to identify emerging areas affecting assembly rights in the given countries, such as use of new technologies, impact on climate activism, social movements or civil disobedience. We strongly encourage applicants to apply with innovative ideas and approaches that will increase understating of existing and new trends and help formulate action to protect the freedom.

To apply for this grant, applicants must submit the following items in English by email to Andrea Judit Toth at by April 10, 2020 the latest with the subject “Assembly Subgrant Application 2020” and include:

• Application coversheet (see Call for Proposals);
• Narrative proposal (not more than 3 pages, Times New Roman 11, single space);
• Filled-in advocacy action plan (see template);
• Budget proposal (see template).

Please find below the complete text of the call of proposal including the eligibility criteria and narrative proposal and the templates to be filled in.