CERV programme - Citizens’ engagement and participation

European Calls


Promoting 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.


This call 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 and thus contribute to the democratic and civic life of the Union. The projects will encourage citizens’, including young persons, understanding of the policymaking process, showing in practice how to engage in the democratic life of the EU and enabling them to make known and publicly exchange their views in all areas of Union action.

The call provides an opportunity to broadly cover a variety of policy areas and contribute to the promotion of EU values, the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy.

Projects should support democratic participation, including by stimulating and organising reflection, debates or other activities. They should also propose practical solutions that can be implemented through cooperation or coordination at European level, support the sharing of good practices, and ensure a practical link with the policymaking process.

While maintaining a bottom-up approach, there will be a specific focus on the priorities outlined below:

  1. Promoting democratic participation through debating the future of Europe

  2. Engaging citizens and communities in discussions and action related to our climate and environment

  3. Engaging citizens and communities in discussions and action related to solidarity

  4. Countering disinformation and other forms of interference in the democratic debate and promoting media literacy

This list of priorities is not exhaustive. Applicants may address other priorities in all areas of Union action as long as these priorities are in line with the call objective to promote citizens engagement and participation.


Applicants, either lead (Coordinator), co-applicants and affiliated entities must:

  • Lead applicants must be non-profit private legal entities or public universities

  • Co-applicants must be non-profit legal entities (public or private bodies) or an international organisation

  • Be formally established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:

    • EU Member States, including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)

    • non-EU countries:

      • countries associated to the CERV Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations

Other eligibility conditions:

  • Activities must take place in any of the eligible countries

  • The EU grant applied for cannot be lower than EUR 75 000

  • The project must be transnational; the application must involve at least two applicants (lead applicant and at least one co-applicant not being affiliated entity or associated partner) from two different eligible countries


Projects should normally range between 12 and 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).


The available call budget is EUR 25 400 000.


5 September 2023 17:00 (Brussels time)

You can find more information here: Funding & tenders (europa.eu)