Romanian Environmental Partnership

Active Citizens Fund - Call #3


Date of publication: 19 December 2019

Date of opening of the application process: 9 January 2020

Application process exclusively through the online platform


The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme is part of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. The objectives of the Programme are to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups. ACF Romania will pursue a long-term development of the civil sector's sustainability and capacity, stepping up its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights, while strengthening bilateral relations with organizations from the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The Programme has a total allocation of 46,000,000 Euro.

The overall objective of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 is to reduce economic and social disparities, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the 15 beneficiary countries and the Donor States.

The Programme is administered by a Consortium composed of Civil Society Development Foundation, Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation, Resource Center for Roma Communities, PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, acting as Fund Operator designated by FMO - Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants.


Call #3 -  Civic activism and advocacy

1st Round


The objective of this Call is to support and advance monitoring, advocacy and watchdog activities at local and/or central levels.

The Call is launched under the Programme Outcome 1 - Strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness and covers two areas of support of the Active Citizens Fund in Romania, respectively „Democracy, active citizenship, good governance and transparency" and „Environment and climate change".

Eligible applicants are exclusively Romanian, legally established non-governmental and non-profit organizations (NGOs).

Project grant rate can be up to 90% of the total eligible costs of the project.





50.001 - 100.000 Euro

100.001 - 250.000 Euro

100.001 - 250.000 Euro


11 March 2020; 16.00 (Romanian time)


4,900,000 Euro

2,800,000 Euro


3,500,000 Euro for environment and climate change






Measures are supported to enhance citizens' involvement in NGOs' watchdog, monitoring and advocacy activities.

Projects empowering citizens to become more active and responsible in influencing policies, in supporting the rule of law principles, acting against and reporting the infringement of civic rights, in identifying and reporting corruption, identifying and reacting to fake news, in respecting freedom of expression, or in tackling climate change are also supported.

Partnerships are strongly encouraged between NGOs that active at local level, in the same or in complementary fields of activity, as well as with other stakeholders.

Protection of the environment and climate change shall be supported only as part of measures to promote civic participation, advocacy, social innovation and active citizenship.

Networks / coalitions / platforms are supported to implement long terms strategies in relevant fields of activities.

The supported projects should mandatory include results in two directions:

  • Systemic changes / preserving the status quo in relevant fields of activity - pursue the advocacy / monitoring role at regional or national level, be involved in the elaboration of public policy, in monitoring public institutions, in developing dialogue and ongoing relationships with authorities and relevant stakeholders


  • Capacity building - strengthen organizational effectiveness (internal capacity) to better serve the interests of their constituencies, members and public.


It is indispensable to read the Guidelines for Applicants which contains specific information for the preparation of applications and the rules for this Call (including eligibility of applicants, partners, projects).




Projects approved to enter the Technical and Financial evaluation phase - Call #3 - Medium / Large / Strategic Grants