CERV - Citizens’ engagement and participation

Deadline :
February 10, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
Partners required:
Min. 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries

Funding programme

The Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme (CERV) provides funding for citizens’ engagement, equality for all and the implementation of rights and EU values.

Read more about the CERV programme here.

Call overview

This call aims 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.

Call summary

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.

This Call for proposals aims to support the following policy initiatives: European democracy action plan, EU Citizenship report 2020, Strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU.

Call details

The call provides an opportunity to broadly cover a variety of policy areas, and to contribute to the promotion of EU values, the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy. While maintaining a bottom-up approach, there will be a specific focus on:

  • the 2024 European Parliament elections, which are central to strengthening and nurturing democracy in the EU, with further efforts needed to promote the participation of citizens in the elections. This priority could also promote EU citizenship rights and contribute to the implementation of the European democracy action plan and the EU Citizenship Report 2020;
  • 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, empowering citizens to make informed decisions by helping them identify disinformation and promoting media literacy, with journalists’ involvement;
  • engaging citizens and communities in discussions and action related to our climate and environment; there is a growing interest of civil society and associations in discussing climate and green issues and proposing solutions to decision makers.

Expected Impact

  • boosting citizens' awareness of rights and values and increasing their degree of engagement in society and with the EU;
  • enabling people to deepen their knowledge of the EU institutions and policies, and better understand the EU's achievements and benefits;
  • strengthening democratic participation, with a special focus on inclusion of younger and older people, women in all their diversity, mobile EU citizens and people with disabilities;
  • stimulating reflection and debates related to the call priorities;
  • strengthening the European character of the elections to the European Parliament;
  • reaching large numbers of people through events, information material, and (social) media, making best use of new technologies and strengthening media literacy;
  • reaching those citizens not active in civic participation in their everyday life;
  • making it possible for members of the EU public to communicate their main concerns to the Commission so that these can be addressed through political commitment.


In order to be eligible, 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)) 
  • non-EU countries: list of EEA countries and countries associated to the CERV Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries) 

+ other eligibility conditions: 

  • for the applicant: be a private non-profit organisation with legal personality (civil society organisations, educational cultural or research institutions); 
  • for the partners: be either a non-profit organisation with legal personality or public local/regional authorities. 
  • the project must involve organisations from at least three different eligible countries participating in the programme; 
  • activities must take place in any of the eligible countries.

Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners, subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc. 

Consortium Composition

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions: 

  • minimum 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries 


The available call budget is EUR 17 471 295.

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Deadline :
February 10, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
Partners required:
Min. 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries