Programa Cidadãos [email protected] / Active Citizens Fund

Strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness

This Call of the Active Citizens Fund supports Portuguese NGO projects, which work towards strengthening democratic culture and civic awareness.

In 2021, supported projects should focus on monitoring public policies and organizing awareness-raising campaigns to denounce extremism, hate speech, and populism.


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 #12 – Large Projects “Strengthened Democratic Culture And Civic Awareness”, 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.

Ana Teresa Santos
Email: [email protected]


This Call supports new projects that strengthen democratic culture and civic awareness in Portugal.


Applicable Activities

  • Advocacy activities, including the development and dissemination of policy papers/policy proposals;

  • Public policy watchdog and monitoring activities, including the implementation of recommendations or decisions taken at the international level;

  • Awareness raising, sharing of information in decision-making processes concerning public policies;

  • Promotion of e-participation tools that increase citizens’ participation in decision-making processes;

  • Collaboration between NGOs and investigative journalists to ensure transparency and combat corruption;

  • Awareness raising campaigns and actions that tackle fake news and disinformation and promote media literacy;

  • Awareness-raising campaigns and actions that counter extremism, hate speech and populism;

  • Partnerships and promotion of structured dialogue between NGOs and public and

    private entities.


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 Programme 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 #12 – Large Projects “Strengthened Democratic Culture And Civic Awareness”, 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.