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The CERV Programme: Citizens, Equality, Rights, Values

One of the updated funding programmes presented by the European Union for 2021-2027 is the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme, also known as CERV.

CERV falls under Heading 2 (Cohesion, Resilience and Values) in the EU funding structure, forming part of a new Justice, Rights and Values Fund.
Its total budget is 0.65 billion Euro with an added 0.91 billion under MFFR Article 5. This adds up to around 1.55 billion Euro over 7 years.

What is the purpose of this programme?

The purpose of CERV is divided into 4 strands, all with a particular focus:

  • Union Values 

Protection and promotion of union values partially through financial support to civil society organisations.

  • Equality, Rights and Gender Equality

Promotion of rights, non-discrimination, equality, including gender equality, as well as advancement of gender and non-discrimination mainstreaming.

  • Citizens’ Engagement and Participation  

Promotion of citizens’ engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union and exchanges between citizens of different Member States, as well as raising awareness of the common European history. 

  • Daphne

Fight against violence, including gender-based violence (children, young people, other groups at risk), but also support and protection of all direct and indirect victims of such violence.

Who can participate?

Participants can be:

  • Associations
  • Central Government
  • Disabled persons
  • Economically Inactive Women
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • State-owned Enterprises
  • Trade Unions
  • Training Centres

They must also be part of the following countries: 

  • EU27
  • IPA (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey)
  • EFTA & EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway)
  • ENP (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgie, Moldova and Ukraine)
  • Other third countries with specific agreement for participation

Suggested type of projects

  • Training
  • Capacity building and exchange of good practices
  • Town twinning
  • Raising people’s awareness about their rights and the benefits that EU policies will bring to their daily lives
  • Supporting the development of knowledge-based EU policies and legislation through surveys, studies and analyses

Are you interested in applying for a call under the CERV programme?

Check out the Funding and Tenders Portal regularly to see when the forthcoming calls are, as well as the CERV website .  At AcrossLimits we are always ready to help you write proposals for programmes such as CERV, so get in touch with us on i[email protected] if you have any concepts you would like to share or if you need any guidance!

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