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Daphne III Funding Programme

The Daphne III programme aims to contribute to the protection of children, young people and women against all forms of violence and attain a high level of health protection, well-being and social cohesion.

Its specific objective is to contribute to the prevention of, and the fight against all forms of violence occurring in the public or the private domain, including sexual exploitation and trafficking of human beings.

It aims to take preventive measures and provide support and protection for victims and groups at risk.


The European Parliament and the Council adopted a Decision establishing the specific programme Daphne III as part of the General Programme "Fundamental Rights and Justice".

The Daphne history

The Daphne III programme builds on the achievements of the previous Daphne (2000-2003) and Daphne II (2004-2008) programmes.

A comprehensive list of projects funded under Daphne is available in the Daphne Toolkit. Organisations interested in applying for Daphne funding are strongly encouraged to visit the Daphne Toolkit to learn from past experiences.

Daphne's objectives and tools

The focus of the Daphne III programme is on:

  • assisting and encouraging NGOs and other organisations active in this field;
  • developing and implementing targeted awareness-raising actions;
  • disseminating results obtained under the previous Daphne Programmes;
  • identifying and enhancing actions contributing to positive treatment of people at risk of violence;
  • setting up and supporting multidisciplinary networks;
  • ensuring the expansion of the knowledge base and exchange, identification and dissemination of information and good practice;
  • designing and testing awareness-raising and educational materials, and supplementing and adapting those already available;
  • studying phenomena related to violence and its impact;
  • developing and implementing support programmes for victims and people at risk, and intervention programmes for perpetrators.

The programme will achieve its objectives by means of transnational actions (Action grants), Operating grants and the Commission's own-initiated actions (Calls for tenders).

Access to the programme

Access to the programme shall be open to:

  • private or public organisations and institutions (local authorities at the appropriate level, university departments and research centres);
  • working to prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women; protect against such violence; provide support for victims; implement targeted actions to promote rejection of such violence; or encourage attitude and behaviour change towards vulnerable groups and victims of violence.

Annual Work Programmes

For the implementation of the Daphne III Programme, the Commission has adopted the following annual work programmes:

Action grants

Child Abduction Alert Mechanisms

116000 hotline

Operating grants