STEP UP Capacity NGO fund

The Dutch Council for Refugees (DCR) has launched a new pilot for NGOs from Croatia, Italy and Spain to develop their capacity for the benefit of refugee protection and inclusion. NGOs are invited to apply for a small grant up to 7.500 euros and optionally to request DCR to provide capacity building support through knowledge exchange or training. Through this pilot, a total of 5 to 8 projects will be selected for supported in the period between November 2020 and April 2021.

Why does the Dutch Council for Refugees run this pilot?

International solidarity for refugee protection is needed more than ever, as the number of refugees and displaced persons fleeing from war, violence and persecution is at an all-time high. Protection is hard to get by and durable solutions are barely attained. Where Europe should be leading by example in sharing responsibility for welcoming and hosting refugees, the past years have seen a further externalization and deterioration of refugee protection.

As part of our international solidarity the Dutch Council for Refugees, a nationally operating NGO in the Netherlands assisting asylum seekers and refugees, has been investing in the capacity of NGO's at the borders of Europe in the past decade. We are now piloting a new method to support local and national NGOs and build new partnerships by offering NGOs from Croatia, Italy and Spain the possibility to submit capacity development projects through this STEP UP Fund.

This pilot is funded by the National Postcode Lottery.

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Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to apply if you: 

  • are registered non-profit organisation based in Croatia, Italy or Spain active at national or local levels.
  • work on the assistance of refugees and asylum seekers.
  • focus your application on capacity development of your organisation.

Interested? - You can find more details in the STEP UP call for proposals and submission guidelines (PDF). 

You are welcome to submit a short and simple project proposal and budget through our online application form in English. Deadline: 28th of September 2020. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send us an e-mail


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