European Commission
For a searchable list of current funding opportunities see the GFMD website.

European Commission

The Commission helps to shape the EU's overall strategy, proposes new EU laws and policies, monitors their implementation and manages the EU budget. It also plays a significant role in supporting international development and delivering aid.
Funding opportunities: Applications are made using prescribed templates and, for the most part, submissions can be made online. All calls for proposals and tenders are announced through the TED tendering portal or the International Partnerships (formerly EuropeAid) online platform.
Smaller organisations often say that they find the volume of paperwork required for some EU bids unmanageable
Others are discouraged by the perception that these funding programmes are something of a lottery.
Very little coherent feedback is given for unsuccessful applications.
The Commission now offers funding through several directorates, including:


The mission of the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) is to take forward the EU's neighbourhood and enlargement policies. DG NEAR works closely with the European External Action Service and the line DGs in charge of thematic priorities.


The Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology is the Commission department responsible to develop a digital single market to generate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe.


The Directorate-General for Communication is the Commission department responsible for explaining EU policies to outside audiences.


The Commission also offers funding through multiple funding instruments such as the:

European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) aims at providing support for the promotion of democracy and human rights in non-EU countries.

The Instrument for Stability

The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) is the EU's financial instrument to respond quickly and flexibly to conflicts and crisis. IcSP provides funding for short and mid-term actions on conflict prevention, crisis response and peacebuilding around the world, and longer term-assistance to projects linked to global and trans-regional threats.


For a searchable list of current funding opportunities see the GFMD website.
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