Union Values


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



Union Values


The overall aim of this call for proposals is to protect, promote and raise awareness of EU fundamental rights and values by supporting local, regional and/or national civil society organisations and increasing their capacity thereby also strengthening the effective application of the Charter and the respect of the rule of law and of democracy in the EU.

Detailed Call Description

The purpose of this call for proposals is to select and support a limited number of intermediaries in the greatest number of Member States, capable of building the capacities of a large number of civil society organisations (CSOs) active at local, regional and/or national level in the fields covered by the CERV programme, including through providing them with financial support.

Reach out to grassroot small, remote and rural based CSOs: intermediaries should give priority to grass-root small, remote and rural based organisations which tend to have more limited capacity and funding sources.

A civil society organisation (CSO) is to be understood as an organisational structure whose members serve the general interest through a democratic process, and which plays the role of mediator between state authorities and citizens. The EU considers CSOs to include all non-State, not-for-profit structures, who are nonpartisan and non–violent, that promote and protect the fundamental rights and values on which the EU is founded.

The priorities of this call are:

  • to raise awareness on rights and values through support to civil society organisations;
  • to strengthen the protection and promotion of Union values including the respect of the rule of law;
  • to contribute to democratic values including by supporting dialogue, transparency and good governance, including in cases of shrinking space for civil society.

Activities funded must comply with and promote the principles of the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy. Proposals must include both categories of activities:
Financial support to third parties (CSOs) by intermediaries (further details in the call document p. 8-10)
Capacity building for CSOs (further details in the call document p.10-11)

Call Total Budget


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


Thematic Categories

  • Social Affairs & Human Rights

Eligibility for Participation

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

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible,
a) the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.: EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • be non-profit-making;
    • be independent from government, public authorities, political, religious or commercial interests; and
    • be a civil society organisation;

b) the applicant or at least one partner, if any, must fulfil all of the following:

    • have recent proven experience of at least 3 years in implementing CSO capacity building activities;
    • have recent proven experience in awarding and managing grants to CSOs;

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: 16/12/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
Website: https://www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/index_en