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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

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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.

Shhh! Please be quiet, democracy is sleeping...


… And it's time to wake it up! This week we are at the EU Commission's Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights, together with EEA and Norway Grants chairman Niels Engelschiøn, looking at why civil society is crucial in building a vibrant democracy - and the key role public authorities play, all across Europe, in making it a reality. Democracy as we know it clearly needs to be awaken - and what better way than a good old classic democratic debate to bring it (back) to life?