EU call for proposals: grants to support democracy and human rights in Malaysia

The European Commission is accepting concept notes from eligible organisations under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) with the aim to contribute to the respect for fundamental rights and the consolidation of the rule of law in Malaysia. 

The specific objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen the role and capacity of local civil society organisations in promoting political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights. 

To achieve the mentioned objectives, the project proposals have to address at least one of the priorities below: 

  • Priority A – enhance and promote equality and non-discrimination in the enjoyment of all human rights by decriminalising and abolish discriminatory laws and policies existing in Malaysia. Encourage reduction in violence against women, encourage the promotion of women’s participation in decision–making in line with the EU Gender Action Plan II. Strengthen the economic empowerment of women and ensure enforcement of the existing legal framework protecting the rights of women in Malaysia.
  • Priority B. Encourage Malaysia to ratify the remaining core human rights conventions and to lift any relevant reservations to these instruments. Special attention could be given to the Convention against Torture (CAT) and the International Convention on the elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), as well as the withdrawal of reservation to the Convention on the rights of the Child (CRC) and the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW).

Grant information

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 300 000 and EUR 300 000. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between minimum 51% and maximum 95% of the total eligible costs of the action.


Actions must take place in Malaysia.


The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 35 months.

Eligibility Criteria 

In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicant(s) must: 

  • be a legal person
  • be non-profit-making
  • be a specific type of organisation such as:a) civil society organisations, including non-governmental organisations and independent political foundations, community based organisations, private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations, and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level;
    b) National Human Rights Institutions
    c) international and regional inter-governmental organisations
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.

The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s): 

  • Applicants established in Malaysia may act individually or with co-applicant(s).
  • Applicants that are not established in Malaysia must act together with at least one co-applicant established in Malaysia.


15 August 2017

How to apply 

The application procedure consists of two stages: 

  • Concept notes 
  • Full application

In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.  

For more information, please visit EuropeAid and read the guidelines.