Citizens’ engagement and participation


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Funding through CERV programme aims at protecting rights and values enshrined in the EU treaties in order to sustain open, democratic and inclusive societies.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Citizens’ engagement and participation


The objective of this call is it to promote citizens’ and representative associations’ participation in and contribution to the democratic and civic life of the Union by making known and publicly exchanging their views in all areas on Union action. It aims to support projects promoted by transnational partnerships and networks directly involving citizens. These projects will gather a diverse range of people from different backgrounds in activities directly linked to EU policies, giving them an opportunity to actively participate in the EU policymaking process in areas related to the programme’s objectives.

Detailed Call Description

The priorities of the call are:

  • the 2024 European Parliament elections, which are central to strengthening and nurturing democracy in the EU;
  • exploring how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the democratic debate and the enjoyment of fundamental rights;
  • innovative democratic approaches and tools to help citizens make their voices heard and publicly exchange views on all areas of EU action, notably digital tools (“e-democracy”);
  • countering disinformation and other forms of interference in the democratic debate;
  • engaging citizens and communities in discussions and action related to our climate and environment.

 Activities may include, among others: debates, campaigns, awareness- rising activities, conferences, workshops, data gathering and consultation,  the use of social networks, webinars  and media literacy and promoting exchanges between EU citizens on EU-related topics to foster a better understanding of different perspectives.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

 There is no limit as to the maximum grant amount. The grant will be a lump sum grant.
The lump sum calculation is based on two parameters:
(1) number of direct participants;
(2) number of eligible countries per event (in situ or online).

Thematic Categories

  • Social Affairs & Human Rights
  • Urban Development

Eligibility for Participation

  • Associations
  • Central Government
  • Local Authorities
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)) or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the CERV Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

 Consortium composition
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the minimum 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

CERV Contact Point Cyprus
Organization for European Programmes and Cultural Relations:
Nenad Bogdanovic
Planning and Development Coordinator, Head of CERV Contact Point
Telephone: 99589774

(Publish Date: 10/12/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency