2019 Calls: Demand surpasses three times the available budget

The 45 applications submitted in 2019 to the Active Citizens Fund in Portugal request financial support representing 302% of the budget allocation.

The 2019 calls of the Active Citizens Fund in Portugal which opened between early May and July this year, received a total of 45 applications for projects in the priority areas of Democratic culture and civic awareness, and capacity building of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

A total of EUR 2 513 642 was requested, representing 302% of the budget allocation for the 2019 calls (EUR 830 000).

In Outcome 1 – Strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness, for which EUR 270 000 is available to support projects, 25 applications were submitted; and in Outcome 4 – Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society, with a budget of EUR 560 000, 20 applications were submitted. In Outcome 1 the projects to be selected can go up to 18 months and in Outcome 4 up to 30 months. Their costs can be supported by the Active Citizens Fund up to 90% of the eligible costs.


  Number of applications submitted Requested funding Available budget
Outcome 1 25 634 526€ 270 000€
Outcome 4 20 1 879 116€ 560 000€
Total 45 2 513 642€ 830 000€


It is now up to the Program Management Unit to check the admissibility of applications submitted, which will be evaluated by a pool of independent experts to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and to the Bissaya Barreto Foundation.

The selection and approval of applications is scheduled for late November 2019.

Updated on 25 july 2019

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