Change starts locally

The Idea Challenge winners 2021 are published!

Winners 2021

Civic Europe

One program, one narrative

Civic Europe is a multi-level enabling framework aiming to strengthen civic cohesion and active citizenship in local communities in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. We support locally rooted organizations and projects in two ways: through the Idea Challenge on the one hand and the Capacity Building on the other.

Idea Challenge

The Idea Challenge funds and mentors up to 20 ideas per year. Eligible countries are Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. The Idea Challenge winners 2021 are online now.

Capacity Building

The Capacity Building program fosters the capacities and the ecosystems of locally rooted organizations and individuals who want to make change in their communities. It supports individuals and organizations working in the fields of civic education and civic engagement in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania.

What is new in Civic Europe?

Idea Challenge

Moving Youth Forward through Civic Participation

Among the winning projects of the Idea Challenge 2020, several focus on youth empowerment in their activities. We want to share three different project ideas that are empowering youth in different contexts.
on Oct. 6, 2021
Capacity Building

The power of cooperation and co-creation

In this article we reflect on our experiences working with partners in Civic Europe Capacity Building and identify essential steps to use the power of cooperation and co-creation.
on Feb. 25, 2021
Capacity Building

WANTED: Agents of change in Central and Eastern Europe outside the big cities

Mapping four regions in Central and Eastern Europe to give visibility to local actors.
on Feb. 24, 2021

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Civic Europe is an incubator for locally rooted civic initiatives, organizations and individuals in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe realized by MitOst and Sofia Platform, funded by Stiftung Mercator.

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