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CERV – Call for proposals for civil society organisations active on protecting and promoting Union values: call to intermediaries (giving financial support to third parties) – 2024

CERV - Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme aims to protect and promote European Union rights and values and to contribute to sustaining and further developing open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law.

74.500.000 euro

Appeal framework

Call reference CERV-2024-CITIZENS-VALUES
Program Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV)
Institution European Commission
Sectors Citizenship & Human Rights Civil Protection & Risks Cooperation & Development Culture, Media & Communication Justice, Security, Defence Services to organisations
Beneficiaries Association & NGO EU & International Organisation Research centre & university Training organisation & school

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To protect, promote and raise awareness of fundamental rights and of EU values by supporting local, regional and/or national civil society organisations and increasing their capacity
  • To select and support a limited number of intermediaries in EU Member States, capable of building the capacities of a large number of CSOs active at local, regional and/or national level in the fields covered by the CERV programme, including through providing them with financial support


  • Priority 1: To strengthen the capacity and resilience of CSOs to protect and promote Union values including democracy and the respect of the rule of law
  • Priority 2: To support CSOs in their efforts to protect, promote and raise awareness on fundamental rights and democratic values
  • Priority 3: To support dialogue, transparency, and good governance, also in cases where space for civil society is shrinking

Among financed actions

  • Financial support to third parties (CSOs) by intermediaries
  • Capacity building for CSOs by intermediaries

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be a public or private entity
  • Be a non-profit making entity
  • Be a civil society organisation
  • A consortium composed of at least 1 applicant must be constituted
  • Total budget of the call: 74.500.000 euro
  • Total budget of the topic: 74.500.000 euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 2.5 million euro and 6 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 90% of the total eligible costs

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