Programa Cidadãos [email protected] / Active Citizens Fund

Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society

This call of the Active Citizens Fund supports Portuguese NGO projects, which work towards strengthening the capacity and sustainability of civil society.

In 2021, the Programme seeks to support projects for training promoters and/or other NGOs.


For all Portuguese NGOs conforming to the eligibility conditions of the Programme, stated in Articles 9 and 10 of the Programme Rules.

To apply, you should carefully read Call Notice #15 – Major Projects “Strengthening the Capacity and Sustainability of Civil Society”, the Programme Rules, Application Manual, and the instructions for filling out the application form, available in the “documents” area of this page.

It is also advisable to view the tutorial videos available on the Programme's website.

José Eleutério
Email: [email protected]


This call supports new projects that improve the functioning, skills, and effectiveness of the action of Civil Society organizations eligible for the Programme.   


Applicable Activities

  • Elaboration of needs assessments and action plans / strategic plans for organisations;
  • Implementation of action plans / strategic plans related to organisational / operational capacity building;

  • Training, mentoring, coaching and consulting in the priority cross-cutting areas of advocacy, watchdog and fundraising;

  • Traineeships for NGO staff members in other NGOs;

  • Cross-cutting training, mentoring, coaching and consulting on governance, planning, administrative and financial management, communication and marketing, volunteer attraction and management, monitoring and evaluation techniques;

  • Participation in networks and other vehicles for the internationalisation of organisations and their associative structures;

  • Transfer of knowledge between large and small civil society organisations;

  • Exchange of experiences for benchmarking;

  • Conducting studies and publications and creation of data bases and knowledge and information repositories;

  • Reinforcement of the sector’s capacity and notoriety through networking, fundraising and dissemination events;

  • Creation of a social business based on a business plan.


Project dimension and duration

  • Large projects under this call must have a total supportable cost greater than 20,000 euros and equal to or less than 75,000 euros, with eligible costs being co-financed by the Program at a maximum rate of 90%;
  • The maximum duration of selected projects under this call is 20 months, with an expected start date in March 2022.


Eligibility Conditions

  • Each eligible entity can only submit a maximum of one application per year, either as a promoter or partner, as stated in paragraph 4 of Article 19 of the Programme Rules.
  • Depending on the dimension of the projects, it may be mandatory to form a partnership. Please carefully read the respective Call Notice.
  • It is mandatory to fully read the Programme Rules and Call Notice, available in the “documents” area of this page.


How to Apply

  • Carefully read Call Notice #15 – Large Projects “Strengthening the Capacity and Sustainability of Civil Society”, the Programme Rules, and the Application Manual;
  • To apply you must register for a MyGulbenkian account;

  • Register using the “login” button;

  • Fill in the application form;

  • Applications are only accepted online and in Portuguese;

  • Application forms can only be submitted after completion of mandatory fields and uploading of required documentation, as described in the Programme Rules;

  • At the end of the process, click on the “submit application” button;

  • To prevent technical difficulties, avoid submitting your application in the last days of the deadline.