About Active Citizens Fund Programme

The ACF supports Slovak civic organizations in engaging citizens in decision-making and public policy making, in efforts to create better conditions for good governance, to protect human rights and to provide civic education and to improve the position of vulnerable groups in society. Particular attention is paid to young people and their participation in public affairs.

The cross-cutting priorities of the program are aimed to support bilateral co-operation between Slovak organizations and partners from donor countries and to develop capacities as well as to improve the position of civic organizations in society.

The Active Citizens Fund is part of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway’s financial assistance to 15 Member States of the European Union. ACF in Slovakia is managed by the Ekopolis Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Foundation and the Carpathian Foundation.

Between 2018 and 2023, the ACF will allocate 7.7 million EUR in 17 grant calls for projects of Slovak civic organizations. ACF will also provide other support activities, training in project management, organizational development and self-financing.


Increased citizen participation in civic activities

Increasing citizen participation in decision making and public policies formation.

Strenghtened civil society advocacy and watchdog role

Supporting good governance and increasing transparency.

Increased support for human rights and civic education

Increased support for human rights and civic education.

Vulnerable groups empowered

Improving the position of vulnerable groups in the society.

Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society

Enhancing capacity and sustainability of civil society.

Bilateral Fund

Exchanging experiences, know-how and good practices between organisations.

Useful websites:

  • Website of the EEA and Norway Grants: www.eeagrants.org
  • Website of the Government Office of the Slovak republic about EEA and Norway Grants: www.eeagrants.sk
  • Website for finding partners in donor countries sponsored by Norwegian Helsinki Committee: www.ngonorway.org