Romanian Environmental Partnership

Active Citizens Fund - Call #9


Date of publication: 6 August 2020

Date of opening of the application process: 6 August 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 #9 -  Diversifying funding sources

Single Round


The objective of this Call is to develop NGOs' capacity on fundraising.

The Call is launched under the Programme Outcome 4 - Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society (organisations and the sector) and covers two areas of concern of the Active Citizens Fund in Romania, respectively "Strengthening the capacity and sustainability of the civil society sector" and "Improve outreach to under-served geographic areas and target groups".

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

Project grant rate can be up to 100% of the total eligible costs of the project.



between 15,000 and 100,000 Euro


15 October 2020; 16.00 (Romanian time)


1,500,000 Euro



There are supported projects aiming to enhance NGOs financial sustainability by improving fundraising skills and tactics, and/or supporting the development and the implementation of fundraising strategies and campaigns.

The Call addresses both smaller, less experienced NGOs and well-developed NGOs. Two main types of interventions are supported:

  • Projects focusing on development of individual NGOs financial sustainability implemented by CSOs that want to develop their fundraising and donor care skills and to learn more about financial sustainability and/or to develop and implement fundraising strategies and campaigns in order to diversify their funding sources;
  • Projects focusing on assisting cohorts/groups of other NGOs to develop their financial sustainability implemented by well-developed NGOs with significant experience in fundraising and financial sustainability related topics, that are capable to transfer their knowledge to smaller and/or less experienced NGOs and to assist them in their fundraising activities.

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).