The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are considered to be the backbone of any democratic society. According to the European Commission, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) encompasses non-governmental organisations (voluntary organisations), grassroots organisations, cooperatives, trade unions, professional associations, universities, media and independent foundations.
CSOs often fail to adopt an active role at European Union (EU) level primarily because of financial restraints. As a result, the government is committed to provide financial incentives to support CSOs engagement in activities with other organisations not only at a local level but also at a European level with the aim to encourage the exchange of best practices, knowledge and information amongst organisations at a local and at an international level.
Potential applicants are encouraged to read the following Guidelines thoroughly in order to avoid submitting ineligible applications.
Purpose of the Civil Society Fund
This call for proposals is intended to provide successful applicants with financial assistance for the purpose of facilitating their affiliation with and participation in European groupings, associations, federations, confederation networks, and training related to EU Policy/Programmes.
The objectives of the Civil Society Fund (CSF) are the following:
- To assist CSOs to keep abreast with the developments occurring at EU level;
- To enable CSOs to better educate their members on EU matters related to their respective fields of competence; and
- To enable CSOs to participate effectively in the decision-making process at European level.
Interested applicants may submit a proposal that corresponds to the following eligible actions:
Action 1: The affiliation of CSOs to European umbrella organisations, grouping, federations, confederations or networks.
Action 2: Attendance at conferences, seminars and meetings abroad in relation to affiliations in European umbrella organisations, groupings, federations, confederations or networks and participation in Training Abroad related to EU Policy or Programmes.
Allocation of these funds shall be at the discretion of the evaluation committee responsible for allocating funds. The Committee will award the funds on the basis of the merits of the proposal submitted by the CSO according to the eligibility and selection criteria established in these Guidelines.