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Active Citizens Fund 2014-2021

The Financial Mechanism Office – the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants – is seeking Fund Operators in the beneficiary countries to develop and implement the EEA Grants Active Citizens Fund. See latest news for country specific tenders.

The EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 represent funding from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reduce economic and social disparities and strengthen cooperation with 15 EU countries in Northern, Central and Southern Europe. For the period 2014-2021, a total contribution of €2.8 billion has been agreed.

As described in article 3.2.b of Protocol 38c of the EEA agreement, part of the funding shall be earmarked for support to civil society organisations in each of the 15 beneficiary states.

The objective of the Civil Society Programme Area is: ‘Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered’. The Active Citizens Fund 2014-2021 shall seek to develop the long-term sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector, with the aim of strengthening its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights. More information on the Civil Society Programme Area can be found in the Blue Book

The Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants is now looking for Fund Operators to develop and implement the Active Citizens Funds in the beneficiary countries. The open tenders for the Fund Operator position are published continuously on this page.

Fund Operators currently contracted:

Bulgaria: Open Society Institute – Sofia in consortium with Trust for Social Achievement Foundation and Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation 

Active Citizens Fund in Bulgaria: Website

Active Citizens Fund in Bulgaria: Facebook page

Slovakia: Ekopolis Foundation in consortium with Carpathian Foundation and Open Society Foundation

Active Citizens Fund in Slovakia: Website

Active Citizens Fund in Slovakia: Facebook page

Portugal: Gulbenkian Foundation in consortium with Bissaya Barreto Foundation

Active Citizens Fund in Portugal: Website

Active Citizens Fund in Portugal: Facebook page

Greece: Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with Solidarity Now

Active Citizens Fund in Greece: Website

Active Citizens Fund in Greece: Facebook page

Estonia: Open Estonia Foundation in consortium with Network of Estonian Non-profit Organisations

Malta: Solidarity Overseas Service Malta

Project stories, news and features


Invitation to bid: Fund Operator for the Active Citizens Fund–Regional in Poland (extension)


The tender for the role of Fund Operator of the Active Citizens Fund – Regional in Poland has been re-opened with an extended deadline, in line with the Terms of Reference section 5.3. In accordance with the ToR, consortia that submitted bids and were assessed in the first round will receive feedback on their bid and are entitled to re-submit their bid with changes. The new deadline for submission of bids is 4 June at 12:00 CET

On the road in Greece with the Active Citizens Fund


The Active Citizens Fund has kicked-off in Greece with a roadshow presenting funding opportunities for Greek civil society. The roadshow began with the programme launch event in Athens on 21 February 2019 and finished in Heraklion, Crete, on 21 March 2019. Events were also held in Thessaloniki, Drama and Patra.

How Portugal just kicked off 48 projects through the Active Citizens Fund


Over the next three years, no less than 48 projects are set to receive up to €3,5M through the Portuguese Active Citizens Fund. The funding will go to projects focusing on civic participation and human rights awareness, as well as projects dealing with the empowerment of vulnerable groups, such as youth at risk, young people with disabilities, children living with cancer, victims of domestic violence, migrants and refugees.