Call for proposals to promote gender equality


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Funding through CERV programme aims at protecting rights and values enshrined in the EU treaties in order to sustain open, democratic and inclusive societies.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Call for proposals to promote gender equality


Supporting, advancing and implementing comprehensive policies to promote women’s full enjoyment of rights, freedom from gender stereotypes, gender equality, including work-life balance, women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming.
Policy initiative supported: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025.

Detailed Call Description

Member State governments, local and regional authorities and their associations, equality bodies, civil society organisations, in particular women’s rights organisations, and other stakeholders are invited to submit projects within the following two priorities:

  • Equal participation and representation of women and men in political and economic decision making.

The aim of the priority is to promote equal participation and representation of women and men in political decision making (including the equal representation of women and men and in the 2024 European Parliament elections) and in management and leadership positions in the corporate sector. To address the remaining challenges to achieving equal participation/representation of women and men in political and economic life, coordinated action is required in a wide range of areas, with fundamental changes, policies, measures and targeted actions that remove both societal and structural obstacles bearing in mind the need to strengthen women’s leadership and participation in the COVID-19 recovery.

  • Tackling gender stereotypes, including with a focus on youth, and in advertising and the media.

This priority focuses on actions that raise awareness, at local, national or EU level, to tackle gender stereotypes, including in all spheres of life of young people (particularly schools, sports, online gaming, social media and other activities), and in advertising and the media. This will include promoting positive messages and portrayals of quality between, and equal chances for, girls and boys, women and men, in order to encourage behavioural change in the society. This priority will accompany an EU-wide campaign on tackling gender stereotypes with a particular focus on youth, as well as other gender equality measures that address stereotypes through an intersectional approach.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Thematic Categories

  • Social Affairs & Human Rights

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Economically Inactive Women
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries:
      • countries associated to the CERV Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
  • other eligibility conditions:
    • organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations;
    • the project can be either national or transnational;
    • the application must involve at least two organisations (applicant and partner);

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

CERV Contact Point Cyprus
Organization for European Programmes and Cultural Relations:
Nenad Bogdanovic
Planning and Development Coordinator, Head of CERV Contact Point
Telephone: 99589774

(Publish Date: 10/12/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency