Calls Information

Programme Areas and Programme Outcomes

Programme Areas

Programme Outcomes

1. Increased citizen participation in civic activities
2. Strengthened civil society advocacy and watchdog role
3. Vulnerable groups empowered
4. Increased support for civic education and media literacy
5. Increased capacity and sustainability of civil society sector and individual civil society organisations

Strategic Grants

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  • The aim of strategic grants is to focus on acceptance and enforcement of systemic changes especially in topics like role of the civil society organizations, civic activities in watchdog, privatization/politicisation of public posts, political interference into independent public agenda, measures on social inclusion of vulnerable groups and application of their rights, mitigation of poverty and social exclusion on the central level, promotion of gender equality, higher civic participation and awareness of the active citizen role, strengthening of the tools for information verification and detecting misinformation, increased media literacy, and enforcement of law on the Paris Agreement, etc.

  • These strategic grants in amount of € 100,000 – 250,000 will be distributed across all five programme areas of the Active Citizens Fund. Supported projects in this call with duration of 3 to 4 years are supposed to result in systemic changes.

Mid-sized Grants

  • Mid-sized grants are suitable for support and stabilization of large and smaller non-profit organizations. Projects with potential for sustainability and further dissemination of good practice will be supported.

  • Amount of € 100,000 – 250,000, duration of 1 to 2,5 years.


Action Grants

  • Action grants enable organizations to react to actual challenges. Local projects, networking in the region, informal initiatives (grass-root) will be supported

  • Amount of € 1,000 – 3,000, duration of 6 to 12 months.


Matching Grants

  • Matching grants support projects amounting to 50% of funding, providing an additional 50% (a crowdfunding campaign carried out by grant participants in cooperation with a grant intermediary). Part of the grant support is education in methods of communication and crowdfunding.

  • Amount to € 4,000, duration of 6 to 12 months.

Fund for Bilateral Relations

  • Short-term activities with the aim to strengthening bilateral cooperation between donor and beneficiary states – to set and improve cooperation between CSOs from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic.
  • Amount of € 1,000 – 4,000.

Open Calls

Change the system: First call for proposals on strategic grants in Active Citizens Fund programme 

The Open Society Fund Prague and Committee of Good Will – Olga Havel Foundation on behalf of a consortium of the Active Citizens Fund announces a call for proposals on strategic grants which will provide financial support for civil society activities and strengthening its role in the process of sustainable systemic change. Grants will contribute to the long term efficient cooperation among civil society organizations with the focus on positive change in multiple areas. In this call, projects with outcomes Strengthened civil society advocacy and watchdog role, Vulnerable groups empowered and Increased support for civic education and media literacy will be supported.
The deadline for the application submission is November 4, 2019 at noon (12:00 pm).

Eligible Applicant


  • It is a registered legal entity in the Czech Republic defined by the Czech law as: civic association (i.e. legal name in Czech: spo- lek, ústav, obecně prospěšná společnost), foundation and endowment fund (i.e. legal name in Czech: nadace a nadační fond) or organization department of church and religious society (i.e legal name in Czech: účelové zařízení registrované církve a náboženské společnosti) on the condition, that the proposed and funded project activities do not promote a religious doctrine, mission or proselytism related to the beliefs of a particular faith, possibly interest association of legal persons (i.e. legal name in Czech: zájmová sdružení právnických osob) if all members of the association are non-governmental non-profit organizations and individually fulfil the eligibility criteria (see the checklist in the annex of this call for proposals);
  • It is registered legal entities at least two years prior the submission deadline of the application;
  • The focus of organisation shall match programme areas (Active citizenship, Human rights, Social justice, Gender equality, Environment).
  • Applicants must be directly responsible for the implementation of the project for which they are seeking a grant, and must not act merely as an intermediary of project activities.
  • Religious institutions (except the charities), political parties, social partners or profit-distributing cooperatives (including trade- and professional associations, where the aims and purposes of the association is to further the specific interests of its members only) are not considered NGOs.

Eligible Project Partner

  • Public or private entity, commercial, non-commercial or civil society organization established as legal person in the Czech Republic, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or other beneficiary states of the EEA grants (namely Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia), any international organisation or body or agency;
  • Informal group of at least 3 individuals intended for public interest only. At the same time, it is a voluntary, non-discriminatory group independent of local, regional and central government, public entities, political parties, religious institutions or commercial organisations. An informal group shall be represented by one single person, who signs the project Partnership Agreement on behalf of the group. An informal group cannot be the applicant for the project grant and cannot be direct recipient of the project grant (expenditure related to the involvement of the informal group shall be borne by the project promoter).


Selection Process and Evaluation of Projects

The selection process of the project applications reflects principles of the programme: it is transparent and does not tolerate any elements of corruption. The selection procedures (formal control and expert evaluation) are carried out without any risk of conflict of interest between the applicant and the evaluator. All evaluators and members of selection committees are bound by Ethical Guidelines for Project Evaluators and Selection Committee Members and the Declaration of no conflict interest declaring the objectivity of the selection process and exclusion of any conflict of interest.

a) Formal Control

The formal control (review of administrative and eligibility criteria) follows the next working day after the call for proposals deadline and is finalised within 10 working days. All criteria are reviewed in all submitted applications (detailed list of these criteria is available in the checklist at the end of this call for proposals and in the Guide).

  1. Review of Administrative Criteria
  2. Review of Eligibility Criteria


b) Evaluation of Applications by Expert Evaluators

Each project application complying with the administrative and eligibility criteria is scored by two impartial and independent evaluators who assess the quality of the applications. Applications are assigned to the evaluators by lot. The evaluation process is based on evaluation criteria with score.

c) The Selection Committee

The selection committee evaluates the list of project applications ranked by the arithmetic average. The selection committee is an external body of independent experts and representatives of the FO who represent equally outcomes and programme areas of each call for proposal. The result of the selection committee meeting is a ranked list of projects recommended for support, projects recommended for support with conditions, projects on the reserve list and rejected projects.

d) The Programme Executive Board

The programme executive board confirms selection of the projects for funding, including the reserve list and can propose changes to the list if justified.

e) The OSF Prague Board of Trustees / The Vdv Board of Trustees

The OSF Prague board of trustees/The VDV board of trustees approves finally the list of projects recommended for funding by the programme executive board.

Information on the Results of the Evaluation

A list of supported projects is published on the programme website as well as on websites of each consortium member. All applicants will be notified about the results of the evaluation process within 10 working days from the final decision. On the top of that it will take place within 20 weeks of the date of the call closure the latest.


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