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Europe for Citizens Programme

Europe for Citizens

The aim of this programme is to:

• Contribute to citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity.

• Foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level.

The financed projects will:

• Raise awareness of remembrance, the common history and values of the EU and the EU's aim - namely to promote peace, the values of the EU and the well-being of its peoples.

• Encourage the democratic and civic participation of citizens at EU level, by developing their understanding of the EU policy making-process, and stimulate interest and involvement in EU policy making.


Two supported activities

European remembrance- the EU as a peace project


The programme supports initiatives which reflect on the causes of the totalitarian regimes that blighted Europe's modern history, look at its other defining moments and reference points, and consider different historical perspectives.

  • Project duration: maximum 18 months
  • Grant amount: maximum €100 000


Priorities for 2016-2020:  

  1. Commemorations of major historical turning points in recent European history
  2. Civil society and civic participation under totalitarian regimes
  3. Ostracism and loss of citizenship under totalitarian regimes: drawing the lessons for today
  4. Democratic transition and accession to the European Union

Democratic engagement & civic participation- getting citizens involved


 1. Town twinning

Projects will bring together citizens from twinned towns to debate issues from the European political agenda. They will develop opportunities for societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.

  • Project duration: maximum 21 days
  • Grant amount: maximum €25 000 per project


2.  Networks of towns

Towns are encouraged to cooperate with other towns on a long‑term basis to explore particular topics or themes, share resources or interests, gain influence or face common challenges.

  • Project duration: maximum 24 months per project & maximum 21 days per event
  • Grant amount: between €10 000 & €150 000.


3.  Civil society projects

These projects give citizens an opportunity to participate concretely in the EU policy-making process. They stimulate debates to propose practical solutions through cooperation at European level.

  • Project duration: maximum 18 months
  • Grant amount: maximum €150 000


 Priorities for 2017:

  1. Challenging Euroscepticism and fostering informed debate
  2. Solidarity in times of crisis
  3. Combatting stigmatisation of "migrants" and building counter narratives to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding
  4. Debate on the future of Europe


Operating grants

In addition, the European Commission supports European public‑policy research organisations (think tanks) and civil society organisations with European outreach.


Civil dialogue

The European Commission maintains a continuous and structured debate with key partners.


Who does what?

Europe for Citizens is implemented by the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA).

The European Commission supervises the EACEA's work and is responsible for all tasks implying political choices - notably defining strategies and priorities for action. The Commission shares good practices and results.


How do I apply?

Visit the EACEA websitefor information on how to apply for funding and the conditions and procedures for the selection of beneficiaries. For more information, contact the Europe for Citizens Point in your country.

"Europe for Citizens" programme guide 2014-2020 in all EU languages