What is the Active Citizen Fund – Regional Programme?
The Active Citizen Fund – Regional Programme is one of 15 programmes under the same name (Active Citizens Fund) currently implemented in different EU countries. All focus on the development of civil society and place common values such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law and respect for human rights, including minority rights, at their core.
Who funds the Programme?
All Active Citizens Funds are implemented thanks to funding from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism (known as the EEA and Norway grants), which represent the financial aid of Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein to the countries of Central and Southern Europe. This form of assistance to the new EU member states, Greece and Portugal grants the Donor States free access to the EU internal market, while the Beneficiary States benefit from strengthening and development of various areas of social and economic life (such as culture, environment protection, employment). Overall, the objective of the Grants is to reduce social and economic disparities and strengthen the bilateral relations between the Donor and Beneficiary States.
In Poland, the Active Citizens Fund – Regional is one of 11 programmes funded within the EEA grants. The support to civil society is also provided through our sister programme: the Active Citizens Fund – National.
The Fund Operator for Active Citizen Fund – National is a consortium of three organisations: the Stefan Batory Foundation (leader), the “Shipyard” Centre for Social Innovation and Research Foundation, and the Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation.