Our events bring together participants from all over the region and from all kinds of professions and backgrounds. Socially minded businesses, artists, designers, journalists, human rights defenders and anti-corruption activists all fit our broad definition of civil society, and our workshops help them make their campaigns more effective, build their audiences, and improve their sustainability.
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We provide grants to support civic initiatives, projects and independent media across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. We look for opportunities to support projects that help active citizens connect with communities, build lasting relationships and push for social change.
Our grants support projects working on free speech and access to information, human rights and legal empowerment, democracy, gender equality and the environment. In Ukraine, we support independent media reporting on the war and fighting disinformation, as well as civic groups documenting war crimes and rallying the world behind the Ukraine cause.
Grantees are also provided with institutional support and opportunities for training, learning and development. We are flexible and responsive and don’t impose thematic requirements.
The long-term future of the region will rely on established networks of informed citizens collaborating with each other and thinking critically and strategically. We support the growth and development of these networks by offering opportunities for leading members of civil society, journalists, reformers and researchers to share their experiences and explore ideas for reform.
Our learning and exchange initiatives take three forms: International seminars, fellowships and professional exchanges.