We provide grants to support civic initiatives and projects across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. We look for opportunities to support projects which help civil society connect with communities, build lasting relationships and push for social change.

We identify potential grantees mainly through research and field work. Most of our grant calls are invitation-only. We will be hosting open calls for groups across the region in the future. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our programme.


Projects we support

Free speech & access to information

We empower journalists, bloggers and exiled and independent media outlets in their quest to provide free and objective reporting

Art & culture

We work with artists, satirists, film-makers to help engage the world of culture and creativity in civic matters

Equality & anti-discrimination

We assist groups, individuals and networks providing support to vulnerable and minority groups including the LGBT community and ethnic minorities

Human rights & legal empowerment

We support human rights defenders and networks providing legal aid and advice

Democracy support

We help groups monitoring elections, those fighting corruption and promoting accountability and rule of law

Gender equality

We fund women’s rights groups, organisations providing support for victims of violence against women and help develop the skills of female activists, including youth movements


We support groups resisting environmental abuses and engaging populations in protecting their natural environment

Our principles


We consider ourselves partners to our grantees. We provide institutional support and opportunities for training, learning and innovative development as part of our package of assistance. We are flexible and responsive.

Local Expertise

We have an extensive network of contacts and partners across the region, relying on them to inform us of local conditions and create projects which are the best fit for a particular community at a particular time. We do not impose thematic requirements on our grantees, supporting a wide range of projects which have a civil purpose

Communication and outreach

To help civic projects become more sustainable and robust in the face of authoritarianism, we ask our partners to become leaders in communication and outreach , engaging more people in  civic causes.