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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, 2022–December 31, 2023
  • 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, called Civitates, to: 1) support civil society organizations working together to 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 the fund and make grants and provide networking and technical assistance to nonprofits working on these issues across Europe. During 2020-2021, the grantee awarded more than €3.4 million in grants through Civitates and increased the number of foundations participating in the fund from 16 to 23. The Network of European Foundations is based in Brussels, Belgium.