Civic Power: Protecting and Expanding Civic Space in Europe – Anchor Grantees

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Civic Power: Protecting and Expanding Civic Space in Europe

Civitates starts its new cycle of grant-making for 2024-2026 by launching two new open calls to support civil society organisations in Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and France, and in Austria.

Civic Power – Anchor Grantees
(Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and France)

Civitates envisions democracy in Europe being strengthened by an independent civil society powered with the resources, constituencies and capabilities to protect and expand civic space and mobilise support for democratic principles, particularly at moments of emerging opportunity and threat.

Therefore, Civitates announces a call for proposals open to civil society organisations registered in Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and France. With this call Civitates aims to build the readiness and power of civil society in the selected European Union countries to protect and expand civic and democratic space, particularly at key social and political moments. Civitates seeks to support civil society to anticipate transformative moments which present opportunities and threats for civic space and enable it to develop and implement strategies to address these. Civitates sees a need to support civil society to build the capabilities needed to meet such opportunities. This can help broader civil society to understand the emerging threats to their space but also enable coalitions in countries where that threat has already clearly manifested to prepare for social and political events that help them to push back against the trend.

Civitates would be looking to support at least one anchor group in each country to lead this work. Anchor grantee will be given flexible, core support up to 120,000 EUR over two years.

For more information on eligibility and selection criteria as well as the project, please carefully read the full proposal available here.

Applications can only be submitted through NEF’s Optimy portal accessible here. Any submission by email will not be considered.

The deadline for application is 18 August 2024, 6 PM (CET).
Applicants will be notified of the results of the call in November/ December 2024.

You can access all document for the call:

 

To help future applicants, an info session will be held on June 17, 2024 from 11-12 PM. You can register here.

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