Active Citizens Fund

Call # 8

Active Citizens Fund Romania is a financing program dedicated to non-governmental organizations, a program that takes place in Romania between 2019-2021 and has a total value of 46,000,000 euros. The program is part of the EEA and Norwegian Grants 2014-2021 and aims to both strengthen civil society and active citizenship and increase the capacity of vulnerable groups.

The Active Citizens Fund Romania program is funded by the 2014-2021 EEA and Norwegian Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in 15 EU Member States in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic States. The objectives of the EEA and Norwegian Grants are to reduce economic and social disparities and to strengthen bilateral relations between the beneficiary state and the donor states. Supporting civil society is a key priority for the EEA and Norwegian Grants 2014-2021, which is why 10% of the total amounts available at country level are allocated to a civil society program called the Active Citizens Fund. This program is part of the Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms sector, which is one of the five priority sectors of the donor states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the European Union.

Active Citizens Fund Program

The program aims to develop the long-term sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector, intensifying its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights. The Active Citizens Fund Romania program is managed by a consortium composed of the Foundation for Civil Society Development, the Partnership Foundation, the Resource Center for Roma Communities, the PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, which acts as a Fund Operator designated by the FMO - Office Financial Mechanism of the EEA and Norwegian Grants, in an open and competitive tendering process.

Areas of assistance

1. Democracy, active citizenship, good governance and transparency
2. Human rights and equal treatment by combating all forms of discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity

3. Social justice and the inclusion of vulnerable groups
4. Gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV)
5. Environment and climate change
6. Developing the capacity of NGOs