LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

ILGA-Europe’s Documentation and Advocacy Fund

Why is support for documentation and advocacy work needed?

Properly collected and analysed evidence of LGBTI human rights violations is one of the key elements of successful advocacy work. ILGA-Europe build our European-level advocacy work partially on reports from our member organisations and partners. In order to help national organisations collect evidence of these LGBTI human rights violations, the Documentation and Advocacy Fund was created.

What is the Documentation and Advocacy Fund?

The ILGA-Europe Documentation and Advocacy Fund started in 2006 as a pilot project, aimed at supporting small grant applications from member organisations. Since then it has grown to collect valuable evidence about LGBTI human rights violations on a systematic basis. ILGA-Europe and its members use this evidence strategically for advocacy purposes. Whilst the main goal of the fund is to collect evidence of human rights violations, ILGA-Europe supported some projects which include advocacy components. In such cases projects include advocacy activities that use information collected with the fund’s support.

What are the Fund’s goals and objectives?

The overall goal of the Fund is to promote documentation of cases of discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations against LGBTI people according to international human rights standards.

The objectives of the Fund are

  • to work towards LGBTI equality by gathering evidence of human rights violations and supporting evidence-based advocacy throughout Europe
  • to promote documentation of cases of discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations against LGBTI people according to international human rights documentation standards
  • to build capacity of LGBTI organisations in Europe to monitor and document human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression
  • to enable the use of well-documented information for advocacy purposes at the national level
  • to develop methodology and tools that can be replicated in other European countries for collection of reliable information on human rights violations.

What do we fund?

The Fund supports small and medium-scale projects (up to 10,000 euros with no minimal amount requirement). These projects will receive help to document (cases of) discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations committed on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, as well as dissemination of the documented information.

Calls for proposals are announced once or twice a year, depending on funding available and offer grants for approximately 5 to 10 grantees per call. Calls are usually focused on a particular theme, for example hate crime documentation, discrimination when accessing healthcare or education. Focusing on specific human rights violations allows ILGA-Europe to approach its own advocacy work in a more targeted way.

Since the Fund began, 17 calls for projects have been published and more than 50 groups have been supported. By the end of 2014, 15 calls have been completed and 2 calls are currently being implemented.

What can the grant be used for?

There are two types of grants – a documentation grant and an advocacy grant.

  • The documentation grant is awarded for the purposes of collection, organisation, measurement and analysis of information. The applicants for documentation grants should not include advocacy activities or printing costs in their budget.
  • The advocacy grant is awarded for the purposes of producing a publication (print, internet, CD, etc.), organising awareness raising activities and / or use of documented data for advocacy. Detailed strategies and plans are expected to be included as part of the application. To apply for this type of grant, a potential applicant needs to have information already collected, organised and analysed.

Who is eligible to apply?

Proposals are accepted from LGBTI organisations who are officially registered with local authorities or initiative groups (in countries/regions, where there are no registered LGBTI NGOs). The organisation must be based in the European region (Council of Europe member country plus Belarus and Kosovo).