The goal of the Active Citizens Fund is to support civil society and vulnerable groups.
Civil society is an essential condition of thriving democracy. To fulfil this irreplaceable goal, it is necessary to increase citizens’ active participation in the public life and decision making, to strengthen transparency in public administration, to improve civic awareness and media literacy. It is crucial to promote respecting human rights and to give more consideration to the needs of vulnerable groups. There is an ongoing challenge of mobilizing and stimulating participation of youth. The Active Citizens Fund thus focuses on financial support of citizens’ initiatives, boosting efficient collaboration, education and further development of capacities of the civic sector. The programme contributes to the long-term sustainability of the civic sector and its role of promoting democratic principles, active citizenship and human rights.
The Active Citizens Fund programme is carried out as part of the EEA and Norway grant programmes for 2014 – 2021 and it was supported with the amount of EUR 15 million. In the Czech Republic, it is managed by the Consortium consisting of the OSF Prague, the Committee of Goodwill – Olga Havel Foundation and the Scout Institute. The consortium was selected in an open competition by the Financial Mechanism Office. The total amount designated for grant support is almost EUR 13 million (more than CZK 300 million). The calls are open for NGOs registered in the Czech Republic with at least one or two years of active history (depending on the type of the grant).
Increased citizen participation in civic activities
Strengthened civil society advocacy and watchdog role
Vulnerable groups empowered
Increased support for civic education and media literacy
Increased capacity and sustainability of civil society sector and individual civil society organisations
First calls were announced in the autumn 2019. Calls for various types of grants are announced throughout the duration of the program, current calls can be found here.
It is possible now to apply for support from the Fund for Bilateral Relations.
Supported projects must be completed by 30 April 2024.