Donor: Civitates
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Belgium
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 18.08.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 120.000€
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Human Rights

Project Locations

  1. Europe

      Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia


1) Objective

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.

2) Eligibility

Civitates looks for key civil society organizations registered in Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and France that have a proven track record of work for civic space and democratic values.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and France. 

4) Budget

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.

5) Application

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.

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