The programme ‘Building a robust and democratic civic space’ (BUILD) aims to protect, promote and raise awareness of EU fundamental rights & values by supporting civil society organisations (CSOs) in Greece & Cyprus and by increasing their capacity and sustainability. BUILD is co-funded by the European Union (90% of the grant), through the Citizens, Equality, Rights, and Values (CERV*) programme, and by the Bodossaki Foundation and NGO Support Centre (10% of the grant), with a total grant amounting to €2.9 million.

In the three years it will be running, from December 2022 to November 2025, BUILD will launch two open calls for funding, making €2.3 million in grants available to civil society, with the aim of funding approximately 40 projects in Greece and 10 in Cyprus. The calls seek to provide financial support for organisations involved in activities promoting awareness-raising around such themes as EU rights & values, civic participation, advocacy, rule of law, support to vulnerable groups and the exchange of know-how between CSOs across Europe. The main beneficiaries of the programme will be CSOs, but its activities will also involve policymakers, media, civil servants, teachers and vulnerable groups, as well as the general public.

BUILD will also provide an integrated capacity building programme, tailored to the needs of CSOs in Greece and Cyprus, in order to support their organisational development and sustainability. This is part of the overall aim of helping to build a robust and democratic civic space in Europe. BUILD is coordinated by the Bodossaki Foundation (Greece) in partnership with the NGO Support Centre (Cyprus).

The launch event for the programme in Greece took place on May 4th and you can watch it here.

*The Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme was launched in 2021 as part of the EU’s Justice, Rights and Values Fund, for the period 2021-2027. Read more about the CERV programme.

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