Call for proposals 2021 - Annual operating grants 2022 to support EU level Networks active in the area: "Rights of persons with disabilities" CERV-2021-DISA-OG-SGA Open!


  • Promoting, protecting and monitoring the rights of persons with disabilities by providing financial support to EU-level networks of civil society organisations active in this area at local, regional, national and transnational level. It will in particular contribute to the implementation of principle 17 of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), the European Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 (ESRPD) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD);
  • Supporting the Commission to put the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 into practice. Progress in turning the principles of the EPSR into action will be monitored through the European Semester;
  • Delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights and related initiatives such as the ESRPD is a shared responsibility of the EU institutions, national, regional and local authorities, social partners and civil society. Civil society organisations are expected to:
    1. support its implementation at EU, national and local level notably by collecting and exchanging data and good practices and cooperating with public authorities in the design and implementation of relevant policies;
    2. organise communication and engagement activities to raise awareness of the ESRPD and promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe;
  • The ultimate goal is to build a stronger social Europe and ensure that people with disabilities can fully enjoy their rights.



This call will support networks at EU-level whose activities contribute to the implementation of the above-mentioned objectives, priorities and initiatives. Networks will implement among others analytical activities, training and capacity building activities, mutual learning and exchange of good practices, awareness raising, information and dissemination activities with EU added value.
Activities may include:

  • contributing to evidence-based regulation, policies and reforms at EU/national/local level and provide the Commission with input for policy design. E.g. by gathering relevant evidence (especially from local levels) and by contributing to ad-hoc public or targeted consultations and to thematic strategic dialogue meetings on policy or programme management related issues;
  • promoting concrete pledges for actions supporting the implementation of relevant key EU initiatives such as the ESRPD;
  • raising public awareness and disseminating information on the rights of persons with disabilities and legislation at EU and national levels;
  • building capacity of national members to actively engage them in implementing the ESRPD locally;
  • promoting related EU programmes, projects and results – assist in the transfer and exchange of good practices;
  • reinforcing cooperation with other EU level networks (e.g. through joint actions), including across different policy areas; with and between the national social stakeholders; with national, regional and local authorities.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 5,80 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 30 September 2021 - in 6 days (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

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