About the programme

The objective of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme is to protect and promote rights and values as enshrined in the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. In particular, by supporting civil society organisations active at local, regional, national and transnational level.

It aims to sustain and develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law. That includes a vibrant and empowered civil society, encouraging people's democratic, civic and social participation and cultivating the rich diversity of European society, based on our common values, history and memory.

The programme is based on four strands:

  1. Equality, Rights and Gender Equality - promoting rights, non-discrimination, equality (including gender equality), and advancing gender and non-discrimination mainstreaming
  2. Citizens' engagement and participation - promoting citizens engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union, exchanges between citizens of different Member States, and raising awareness of the common European history
  3. Daphne - fight violence, including gender-based violence
  4. Union values - protect and promote Union values

Together with the Justice programme, the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme forms the Justice, Rights and Values Fund.

Programme web site

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposal

Check the open and upcoming calls for proposal under the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme:

See calls for proposal

Impact and performance

Funded projects and results

Budget and performance

Includes performance highlights, key performance indicators, and the performance framework and assessment.

Programme features

  • Management mode

    Direct and indirect management

  • Climate contribution

    No target set in the legal basis

  • MFF heading

    Cohesion, Resilience and Values

  • Total budget 2021-2027

    € 1.56 billion (current prices)

  • Cluster

    Investing in People, Social Cohesion and Values