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The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.

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  1. EU Funding Programmes

EU funding programmes

The European Commission has published the 2014 annual work programmes of the Justice Programme and the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. See the link These programmes may provide funding opportunities to organisations working with victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence for research, training and organisational development projects. The work programmes were adopted on 24 April 2014 and calls for proposals are expected to be published in the final quarter of 2014.

The Justice Programme contains one particular stream of funding that might interest Irish organisations. It relates to the implementation of particular articles of the EU Victim's Directive (2012/29/EU). Information on this stream is on page 24 of the following document -

The specific objective for this stream of funding is to facilitate effective access to justice for all, including promoting and supporting the rights of victims of crime, while respecting the rights of the defence. The priority for the first call for proposals will be to contribute to the implementation of the Directive on the rights of victims (2012/29/EU), particularly relating to Articles 8, 9, 22, 25 and 26 of the Directive.

The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme contains the funding stream for the Daphne objective. The purpose of the Daphne objective is to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women, as well as violence against other groups at risk, in particular groups at risk of violence in close personal relationships and to protect victims of such violence.

There will be three calls for proposals under Daphne in 2014 focusing on the following priorities –

1) Practical projects related to combating and preventing violence linked to harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM), forced or early marriage or forced sexual relationships, so-called "honour crimes" committed against women, young people and children.

2) Projects developing targeted and integrated support for victims with specific needs, such as victims of sexual violence, victims of gender-based violence or victims of violence in close or intimate relationships. Target groups will include - support services for child victims of violence with a child-centred and child rights approach; support services for other groups at risk of violence in close or intimate relationships and support services for victims of gender-based violence.

3) Projects to combat bullying against children at school, in residential care settings and in detention.

Full information is available online for each programme:

Proposals for consideration must include partners from at least three participating countries. Successful proposals are co-financed by the Programme (up to 80%),but the minimum amount provided is €75,000 per year. Therefore successful proposals tend to involve a number of trans-national partners and may also involve a number of national partners.

Applications for action grants must be made through the EC PRIAMOS system and applicants must ensure that they are registered on the system before applying.

Information on and links to the above Work Programmes can be found on the Funding pages of the Cosc web-site.