Donor: European Commission (EC) - CERV
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: CERV-2024-CHAR-LITI-SPEECH
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 18.09.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 75.000€
Total available budget: 5.500.000€
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia


1) Objective

All forms and manifestations of hatred are incompatible with the EU values and the fundamental rights enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty and the Charter. Hatred affects the individual victims and the groups they belong to, generates societal polarisation and silences wide sectors of the population, weakening pluralism and undermining respectful public democratic debates. The online world has amplified the negative effects of hate speech. Hate crimes are a direct violation of the victims’ fundamental right to dignity, to equality and non-discrimination. Combating hate speech and hate crime is therefore a key part of the Commission’s action to promote EU values and to ensure that the Charter is upheld.

At EU level, the 2008 Council Framework Decision requires the criminalisation of certain forms of hate speech and hate crimes. Also, the Commission adopted a Communication in December 2021 inviting the Council of the European Union to extend the legal basis for EU-level criminalisation to other forms of hate speech and hate crime beyond the racist and xenophobic grounds already covered by the Framework Decision.

Recently, the EU is experiencing an alarming increase in hate speech and hate crime, including physical and online attacks targeting in particular the Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe. The Joint Communication on “No Place for Hate” confirms a strong commitment to step up EU efforts to fight hatred in all its forms, by reinforcing action across a variety of policies.

2) Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to legal entities (public or private bodies).

3) Location

Actions must take place in EU member states.

4) Budget

The budget is €5,500,000 for this call. The EU grant applied for cannot be lower than €75,000.

5) Application

The application deadline is 18 September 2024. A full proposal must be submitted. All application templates can be downloaded at the given website. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.

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