Active Citizens Fund Roadshow

A nationwide roadshow across Greece to launch the Active Citizens Fund is now completed

it’s been an inspiring couple of months for the teams of Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow, who have traveled across the country to engage with representatives of civil society organizations, local authorities and local entities and present the new programme funded by the EEA Grants, called “Active Citizens Fund”.

The roadshow, joined by more than 1000 participants, began with the programme’s  launch event in Athens on 21 February 2019 and was completed in Heraklion, Crete, on 21 March 2019. Altogether, 16 events were held in five cities, summing up to over 60 hours of information and training. During those events, the team of Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow presented the overall aims and all technical aspects of the Active Citizens Fund for Greece, encouraging NGOs to benefit from the opportunity to submit their calls for funding in this 12m euro programme. Through a series of 11 capacity building workshops attended by over 350 NGO representatives, the Fund Operator’s officers offered extensive training and practical tips on how to write successful applications for the programme. Similar workshops will be repeated in different cities at a later stage in the programme. Training has been video recorded and is available to all through the programme’s website.

The Active Citizens Fund in Greece is supported through a €12m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The programme aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active Citizens Fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow.

Open calls for proposals:

Two calls for proposals are open through Active Citizens Fund in Greece, with a deadline of 21 June 2019:

  • Vulnerable groups empowered, with 2,904,000 € available funding
  • Strengthened civil society advocacy and watchdog role, with 1,970,000 € available funding

Bilateral cooperation initiatives

The call for Bilateral Cooperation Initiatives is also open. The call is intended to support activities aiming at enhancing relations between Greek NGOs and entities in the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The total amount for funding under this call is €92,000.

More information on Active Citizens Fund in Greece is provided at the website of the Fund Operator: