The Active Citizens Fund (ACF) is established under the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021. Support to civil society is a key priority for the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, with a minimum of 10% of the total country allocations set aside for the Active Citizens Fund. The Active Citizens Fund recognises the fundamental role that the civil society sector plays in ensuring democratic governance, human rights and social cohesion across the European Economic Area. The Active Citizens Fund Cyprus reflects the firm recognition of the sector’s role and focuses mainly on strengthening civil society and active citizenship and empowering vulnerable groups in Cyprus.

Projects will be funded under the Active Citizens Fund Cyprus through open calls for proposals. All organisations and activities funded by the programme shall be based on the common values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

The Active Citizens Fund Cyprus Fund Operator (FO) is the consortium of NGO Support Centre and GrantXpert Consulting Limited, appointed by the Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) of the EEA and Norway Grants through an open tender procedure. The FO manages the programme on behalf of the donor countries and is responsible for the selection, contracting and follow-up of projects.

The published Active Citizens Fund Cyprus Open Call will make available a total amount of €1,165.000 for grant support. The Active Citizens Fund Cyprus will also publish a Bilateral Fund Open Call at a later stage, with a total allocation for grant support of €25,000.

You may find more information on the Active Citizens Fund in Cyprus at the website of the Fund Operator.