Civitates Call for Proposals: Addressing the Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Europe

Deadline: 15 June 2018

The newly established fund Civitates has announced its first call focused on encouraging civil society organisations from EU member states and EFTA countries to come together and create national coalitions to address issues related to the shrinking space for civil society in their country.

The call will be in two phases. The first phase will provide resources to the initial partners to reach out to potential new partners from different sectors and geographies within one country to reinforce their coalition. The second phase will be dedicated to implementing actions to address the shrinking space for civil society.


  • Through the sub-fund on ‘shrinking space’, Civitates aims to strengthen civil society by empowering its actors to respond to challenges related to the shrinking space collectively and more effectively.
  • Civitates will thus reinforce the capacity of CSOs to conduct collective cross-sectoral local and national actions by strengthening their operational capacities and advocating for their enabling environment.

Funding Information

Civitates will provide grants following a two-phase approach:

  • Phase 1
    • Applicants can apply for coalition-building grants of up to €10.000. A maximum of 16 proposals will be selected for a project period of 14 weeks.
  • Phase 2
    • At the end of Phase 1, grantees are invited to submit a second proposal to apply for coalition action implementation grant for the implementation of local and national actions developed and carried out by the Coalition.
    • A maximum of 12 proposals will be selected and awarded with up to € 100 000 per coalition for a project period of 18 months. The selection between the two phases will be based on the quality of the coalition and its proposal.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Coalitions should have the following characteristics:
    • a minimum of three partners
    • be composed mainly of non-profit, civil society organisations but can also include other actors with a common goal (e.g. trade-unions, law firms, social enterprises, media)
    • a national remit and involve organisations throughout the eligible country
    • have (or aim to have) a cross-sectoral dimension: meaning that the members should be working in different fields (e.g. human rights, environmental, social services etc.)
  • Each coalition is represented by a lead applicant that completes and submits the proposal, and remains the main point of contact throughout the selection, contracting and implementation process.
  • The lead applicant must be a charity or a non-profit organisation registered in a country within the EU or EFTA. Existing networks or umbrella organisations cannot be the lead applicant but can be part of the Coalition.

How to Apply

Eligible organisations are invited to fill out the online application form via given website.

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

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