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Fund for Democracy and Solidarity in Europe

Network of European Foundations

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $300,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2020–December 31, 2021
  • Location Brussels, Belgium
  • Geographic Focus Europe

About this grant

The program goal is to promote, protect, and reinvigorate the space for civic engagement in Europe. To this end, the Network of European Foundations will manage a grantmaking fund to: 1) support civil society organizations working together to promote and protect the space for civic engagement, 2) improve the quality of public discourse in the digital age, and 3) strengthen independent, public interest journalism in Europe. The grantee will manage and grow a pooled fund, called Civitates, that makes grants and provides networking and technical assistance to nonprofits working on these issues across Europe. With funding from 16 foundations, in 2018-2019, Civitates awarded 38 grants totaling more than €2.6 million. The Network of European Foundations is based in Brussels, Belgium.