Funding Programme


German National Socialism persecuted tens of thousands people on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity; several thousand lost their lives. The discrimination they faced and the ideologies used to justify this have not yet been overcome. The Foundation – co-funded by Dreilinden gGmbH – therefore supports activities that tackle contemporary discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or identity.

Foundation EVZ’s funding activities over the next few years will focus initially on four countries.


Human rights are indivisible and also apply directly for people of different sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI). Sexual orientation and gender identity are prohibited grounds for discrimination. As the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe declared, neither cultural, traditional nor religious values can be invoked to justify any form of discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. Surveys carried out by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, reports published by UN and Council of Europe bodies, research into attitudes regarding homophobia and transphobia and findings of non-governmental organisations all show that action needs to be taken in this field across Europe.


The funding programme aims to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity by empowering civil society organisations in these countries to enforce the human rights to which everyone is entitled, including LGBTI people. The capacities and human resources of civil society organisations that campaign for LGBTI people to be treated equally shall be strengthened and those who have been discriminated against on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity shall be supported in challenging this treatment and claiming the rights to which they are entitled.

What can be funded?

Funding is focused on cooperation projects between human rights organisations, initiatives or organisations representing the LGBTI community and other suitable civil society or, if appropriate, state partners.
Personnel and running costs can be funded.

Who can be funded?

The call for applications focuses on cooperative projects between LGBTI initiatives and other actors to realise the objectives of the funding programme.
Applications can only be submitted by legal entities based in the programme countries Lithuania and Ukraine, i.e. non-profit non-governmental organisations (e.g. organisations of the LGBTI communities, other human rights organisations, youth work executing organisations, student associations, cultural initiatives) or independent municipal and state agencies (e.g. schools, municipalities, equality bodies, ombudsperson agencies etc.)
Initiatives that are not legal entities can only be part of the project as partners in cooperation and be funded via the grant recipient.




The applications will be evaluated by a jury of external experts according to criteria covering project topics and objectives, potential of the partnership, project management as well as administrative capabilities and economic efficiency. These criteria are further specified within the call text.


The programme „Against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity“ is funded by Foundation EVZ and Dreilinden gGmbH.



Olga Daitche
Senior Project Manager
Tel.:+49 (0)30 25 92 97-76
Fax: +49 (0)30 25 92 97-11


Part time position:
Tuesdays: 9-13.00
Wednesdays: 9.30-18.00
Thursdays: 9.30-17.30