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Funding for Civil Society

Tenders and calls for proposals under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) to support civil society are posted on the following websites:

EuropeAid website  

The Central Finance and Contracts Unit website

If you are a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), network or an activist looking for small grants, technical assistance or capacity-building, please have a look at the below EU funded projects offering financial and non-financial (in kind) support. Within the scope of these projects, the EU provides support to third parties to facilitate access of grassroots organisations, small initiatives and individuals to EU support, and to strengthen the capacities of civil society in Turkey.    

Please click on the project titles for more information. 

BIRLIKTE aims at strengthening the organisational capacities and skills of local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to help them engage in effective pluralism and participatory democracy as active citizens' organisations. The project provides financial support, institutional mentoring, communication and visibility support to CSOs.
Target groups: Local CSOs and grassroots organisations engaged in rights-based activities.
State of the project: Closed for applications
With this grant program, Hrant Dink Foundation provides financial support, as well as institutional and technical capacity-building to projects focusing on the strengthening of human rights and democracy, the protection of rights and liberties, and the promotion of conviviality among different ethnic, social and political groups in Turkey.
Target groups: CSOs, non-profit foundations and cooperatives, associations and universities working in the field of human rights and supporting diversity and equality through culture, art, education, media and science.
State of the project: Closed for applications; NGO Mobility Program open for applications until 15 January 2020
ETKINIZ aims at strengthening the role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the promotion and protection of human rights in Turkey. The project provides in kind support, online resources, training programmes, mobility support to access international human rights mechanisms, as well as networking support for CSOs engaged in human rights monitoring and advocacy activities at various levels.
Target groups: CSOs that do human rights monitoring or intend to do so
State of the project: Open for applications (rolling base)
The project contributes to the advancement of human rights and democracy in Turkey by raising the resilience and sustainability of human rights Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Turkey. It aims at increasing the capacity of CSOs to operate independently by strengthening them organizationally and institutionally through core funding, trainings, communication and exchange of know-how.
Target groups: Human Rights CSOs
State of the project: Closed for applications
The project aims at empowering pluralistic media and free press in Turkey by providing journalists with platforms for exchange and an environment where they can continue their work and develop their capacities. It comprises four support mechanisms: Website Technical Support Mechanism, Facility for Strengthening Freelance Journalists, Young Journalists Support Mechanism and Press House Support Mechanism.
Target groups: Journalists (priority is given to unemployed journalists), media CSOs and media organisations.
State of the project: Open for applications (rolling base for the Website Technical Support Mechanism and the Facility for Strengthening Freelance Journalists; next call for proposals for the Press House Support Mechanism in February 2020)
The project aims at improving the environment for press freedom in Turkey by providing capacity-building for unemployed journalists and increasing advocacy and solidarity for media freedom. It provides editorial support, occupational trainings and advocacy campaigns, and offers working and networking space for journalists.
Target groups: Journalists, including unemployed/freelancers.
State of the project: Open for applications

The website is currently under preparation. 

Information on editorial support can be found here: Link 1 and Link 2

The project provides emergency grants and capacity-building to Human Rights Defenders, as well as institutional grants for human rights organisations, promoting the development of effective advocacy strategies and networks of HRD.
Target groups: Human Rights Defenders (individuals or organisations)
State of the project: Open for applications (rolling base)
The Resource Centre aims at strengthening the competency, transparency, effectiveness, accountability and self-governance of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), contributing to the improvement of their working standards and environment. The project provides Help Desk Services, organisational development trainings, digital empowerment, as well as support for good governance and public-CSO cooperation.
Target groups: Local rights-based CSOs
State of the project: Open for applications
Sivil Düşün aims at improving the environment for active citizenship and strengthening the organisational capacities, visibility, networking and communication skills of organised active citizens in Turkey. Support is provided within five different categories: events/meetings, mobility and networking, organisational needs, advocacy and campaigns, as well as communication.
Target groups: Activists (individuals), CSOs (both legal entities and initiatives), associations, foundations, networks, platforms, unions and city councils engaged in implementing rights-based activities.
State of the project: Closed for application (next phase will be launched in spring 2020)