Armenia (Civil Society and Youth)

Our second priority area is to develop a viable Armenia through investing in its youth and their commitment to civil society.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has been active in independent Armenia for several years now. We will continue this engagement as we believe that the Foundation must support the Armenian homeland, a crucial centre of cultural and academic production and a hub of global networks that bind Armenians together.

Our focus on youth and civil society in Armenia is meant to privilege support to sectors that have traditionally been neglected by diasporan donors.

We will provide grants to civil society organisations, particularly those that encourage civic education and participation; support initiatives that link young intellectuals in Armenia – especially in the social sciences and the humanities – with their peers in developed countries so that they are exposed to the latest innovations and academic approaches; and collaborate with certain government agencies, notably in the enhancement of Western Armenian.