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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 funded and mentored up to 20 ideas per year. Eligible countries are Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

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.

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Idea Challenge  |  Winners 2021

Winners in the spotlight 2021: Danube Design Lab

As part of our interview series Idea Challenge Winners in the spotlight, the next winning project that we’re introducing is the Danube Design Lab from The Collective in Bulgaria.
on Sept. 30, 2022
Idea Challenge  |  Winners 2020

Idea Challenge Winners in the spotlight: Organizing for Power

Let us introduce you to the Romanian project Organizing for Power by the Resource Center for Public Participation (CeRe). How to reach out and empower local communities? Read more below in our interview.
on Aug. 26, 2022
Idea Challenge

Connecting across Europe and beyond - Community Meeting & Festival in Maribor

Our Idea Challenge winners and alumni met for the second in-person meeting from June 20 until June 23 in Maribor, Slovenia. Read more about the learnings, results, and takeaways from this meeting.
on Aug. 19, 2022

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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 commit by MitOst and Sofia Platform Foundation, funded by Stiftung Mercator.

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