General information



The Justice, Rights and Values Fund comprises the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme and the Justice Programme. The new Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV) integrates the former “Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC)” and the “Europe for Citizens” Programme.


The general aim of the CERV programme is to promote open, democratic and inclusive societies.


This general objective will be achieved through 3 specific objectives:

  1. promote equality and rights
  2. promote citizens engagement and participation in the EU democratic life
  3. fight violence


The programme includes 3 strands corresponding to the specific objectives:

  1. Equality and rights strand: focus on preventing and combating inequalities and discrimination, supporting comprehensive policies to promote and mainstream gender equality and anti-discrimination, as well as policies to combat racism and all forms of intolerance, protecting and promoting the rights of the child, the rights of people with disabilities, Union citizenship rights and the right to the protection of personal data
  2. Citizens’ engagement and participation strand: Focus on increasing citizens’ understanding of the Union, its history, cultural heritage and diversity, and promoting exchange and cooperation between citizens of different countries

3. Daphne strand: focus on preventing and combating all forms of violence against children, young people, women and other groups at risk, and supporting and protecting victims of such violence

Focus of funding for 2021-2027

Eligible actions:

  • awareness raising and dissemination of information to improve the knowledge of the policies and rights
  • mutual learning through exchange of good practices among stakeholders
  • analytical and monitoring activities about the situation in the Member States (collection of data and statistics; the development of common methodologies and indicators or benchmarks; studies, researches, analyses and surveys; evaluations; impact assessment; the elaboration and publication of guides, reports and educational material)
  • training relevant stakeholders in the fields covered by the Programme
  • information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools development and maintenance
  • strengthening citizen’s awareness of European culture, history and remembrance as well as their sense of belonging to the Union
  • bringing together Europeans of different nationalities and cultures by giving them the opportunity to participate in town-twinning activities
  • encouraging and facilitating active participation in the construction of a more democratic Union as well as awareness of rights and values
  • financing the technical and organisational support to implement Regulation [(EU)No 211/2011], underpinning the exercise by citizens of the right to launch and support European citizens’ initiatives
  • developing the capacity of European networks to further develop Union law, policy goals/strategies and support civil society organisations

enhancing knowledge of the programme and dissemination and transferability of its results and fostering citizen outreach, including by setting up and supporting programme desks/national contact network

Thematic Priorities

Participating countries

Possible applicants

Target group / Final beneficiaries


Total Budget for 2014-2020


Total Budget for 2021-2027

EUR 1.55 billion

(the programme will have a budget of EUR 641.7 million, with an additional allocation of maximum EUR 912 million)

Increase / Decrease in %

EUR 409 million: Equality and rights Fight violence (-7%)

EUR 233 million: Citizens engagement and participation (+20,4%)

Budget per project

Average budget per project


(depending on the call)



(depending on the call)​



(depending on the call)​

Complexity of budget from 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult): 4

Criteria for the complexity of budget (How detailed is the budget, how complex is the documentation, availibility of documentation, etc.)

Guidelines for applicants and financial rules are clear
The call identifies specific topics to be addressed
Budget lines for each partner: travel, equipment, other costs, subcontracting, personnel (person-month for work package)
Partners’ administrative information and annexes to be uploaded on the Participant Portal
The application package includes: Technical Part Template (Part B), Annex with indicators (xls format), staff CVs (PDF file) and letters of support from associate partners

Tips for applicants on budgeting

  • Even if not required by the application form, the estimated budget included in the proposal should reflect the results of an analytical budget construction, in order to avoid major problems in budget shifting during the project implementation;


  • When building your proposal, consider the option of heaving Linked Third Parties, in-kind contributors, International partners, instead of project partners, or subcontractors;


  • If you need subcontractors, ensure they describe the task to be subcontracts, or the description of the selected subcontractor, referring to the “best value for money” principle, in the application form part 4.2.


  • Keep an eye on the eligibility of your personnel costs, especially for category other than A1);


  • When estimating the budget for personnel costs, use the most recent hourly rate of the personnel involved in the action, in order to be the closer to the actual hourly rate you will you to declare your costs;


  • Do not stick to the max amount available by the call to estimate your project costs.

Tips for applicants on budgeting

  • Budget with real costs. Partners’ responsibilities (tasks and work package leaders) should be reflected in the budget composition and allocation of person-months. Budget distribution: keep an overall balance among partners and countries, avoiding budget concentration.

Programme-Specific Tips for Applicants

2-3 lessons learnt in 2014-2020

  1. Success rate is around 8-12%
  2. The promotes projects with a European dimension to tackle cross-border issues but, if the call allows it, also excellent national projects are funded
  3. winning projects involve and reach the clearly identified target groups

Programme Specific Practical Information

  • Winning projects have a clear practical impact on the target groups, so design proper actions to meet their needs, by involving them as much as possible during the proposal preparation. 
  • Limit the preliminary research phase if needed (if not requested by the call).
  • Start preparing the proposal at least 3 month before the deadline

Positive aspects

Negative Aspects

DOs and DON'Ts



Clearly define a specific problem to be addressed


Clearly identify your target group and ways to engage it


Give result and output indicators


Include selected associate partners to reach your targets


Draft a first concept note in advance to timely build the partnership



Include partners without clear roles 


Include too many travels for project meetings


Apply if your project doesn’t match the call requirements


Foresee too many deliverables


Include a general/vague dissemination strategy