LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Call for proposals: data-collection of LGBTI discrimination in health

ILGA-Europe announces 12th call for proposals within its Documentation and Advocacy fund. This call will specifically focus on data-collection of LGBTI discrimination in the area of health supported by the government of the Netherlands and an anonymous donor.

The call is closed for proposals (deadline was on 2 December)

The goals of the Fund are

  • to work towards LGBTI equality by gathering evidence of human rights violations and supporting evidence-based advocacy throughout Europe;
  • to promote documentation of cases of discrimination, hate crimes and other human rights violations against LGBTI people according to the international human rights documentation standards;
  • to build capacity of LGBTI organisations in Europe to monitor and document human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression;
  • to enable the use of well-documented information for advocacy purposes at the national level;
  • to develop methodology and tools that can be replicated in other European countries for collection of reliable information on human rights violations.

The specific goal of this call

Is to allocate grants to:

  • explore the concept of “discrimination in health” and the diversity of barriers that hinder access to appropriate and patient-centred healthcare of LGBTI people
  • document the reality of those discriminatory practices and barriers (quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews, testimonies, etc.)
  • identify health policies, programmes and practices that successfully contributed to overcome those barriers

In a context where international (World Health Organisation) and regional (European Union, Council of Europe) organisations are increasingly aware of specific health inequalities faced by LGBTI people, it is critical to ensure that LGBTI rights organisations are equipped with the necessary knowledge and know-how in this area so that they can support policy makers’ initiatives.

ILGA-Europe intends to award 7-10 grants of maximum 5,000-7,000 € each. Funding amounts will be determined on the basis of the scope of the project proposal, taking into consideration factors such as geographical scope, existence of co-funding, capacity to absorb funding and costs of living in the concerned country.


  • This calls allows selected applicants to develop data collection skills in the area of LGBTI health. To this end, applicants are encouraged to use methodologies already applied in different researches and resources available here:
  • ILGA-Europe’s staff remains available to facilitate information exchange on methodological tools used by its successful applicants.
  • Applicants are encouraged to team up to increase their know-how through peer-learning, to provide comparative data (between different countries) or to share different perspectives (between different sectors, i.e. health and human rights)

Examples of topics that can be explored:

  • Social health determinants specific to LGBTI people
  • Discriminatory practices in the area of LGBTI health, anti-discrimination legislation and obstacles to reporting
  • Review of medical curricula and textbooks
  • Specific barriers to health faced by trans people, intersex people, LGBTI people from a minority ethnic background, older LGBTI people, LGBTI people with disabilities, etc.

Eligibility criteria:

Under this call ILGA-Europe will support documentation methods and reporting techniques which may include on-line reporting, face-to-face interviews or interviews by phone. ILGA-Europe will also support the publication of the report to be produced as a result of the project. At minimal, all projects should include the collection of data and the production of a report on the basis of the data collected.

Application forms shall include a description of the planned activities and of the chosen reporting methodology. Your proposals will be evaluated taking into account the capacity of your organisation to implement the project.

Information on the advocacy plans that your organisation intends to draw on the basis of the produced report will be considered as an asset for your application. Organizations are also encouraged to demonstrate how this project will support the building of internal documentation skills in relation to the field of health.

Information on your organisation’s plans to sustain in the long term the reporting and monitoring processes put in place thanks to the grant will be considered as an asset for your application.

Proposals will be accepted from officially registered with local authorities LGBT organisations or unregistered initiative groups (in countries, where there are no registered LGBTI NGOs).

The selected applications should:

  • Provide a clear methodology and outline what the objectives, added-value and expected outcomes are;
  • Allow for the documentation of new evidence on discriminatory practices and barriers in access to health of LGBTI people;
  • Enhance data collection skills in the area of health;
  • Possibly, provide an opportunity for joint work (peer-learning and/or coaching) between different civil society organisations.

The deadline for the 12th round of applications is 2 December 2013, 18.00 CET. Decisions by the Advisory Board on grants awarded will be communicated late December.

You can submit your application or ask any questions about the Fund to ILGA-Europe’s Programmes and Policy Officer Boris Balanetkii-Schlütter.

ILGA-Europe looks forward to your applications and wishes you luck!