European Union programmes

Your local/regional authority is looking for financial support for a project with a European dimension in the field of gender equality? You can apply for a European Union grant by replying to calls for proposals published on the European Commission website. DG Justice and Consumers issues calls for proposals under two programmes:


Justice programme (2014-2020)

Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme (2014-2020)


Previous Programmes 2007-2013

The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme replaced three earlier funding programmes which expired in 2013:

  • Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme
  • Daphne III Programme
  • Progress Programme: Anti-discrimination and Gender Equality strands

European Social Fund (ESF)

The ESF supports activities in the Member States that promote women’s employment, including projects that:

  • Promote women’s access to, and participation in, all levels of the labour market and help close pay gaps and support women’s financial independence;
  • Promote women entrepreneurs and women’s participation in science and technology, in particular in decision-making positions;
  • Combat gender stereotypes in career selection and the professions, and promote lifelong learning; and
  • Reconcile work and family life and offer support for childcare facilities and carers of dependants. Support the integration migrant women into the labour market.

More information:


European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

EIGE regularly publishes calls for tenders and expressions of interest on their website.