Civitates, has recently been established by a consortium of 16 foundations committed to upholding democratic values in Europe. It believes in European democracies, where all citizens have the opportunity to access information, make their voices heard, organise, mobilise and engage fully in the democratic processes.
To achieve this vision, Civitates strengthens the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant and open European democracies that work for all.
Civitates is hosted by the Brussels-based Network of European Foundations (NEF) and works on two sub funds, focussing on EU member states and EFTA countries:
- The first aims at strengthening civil society by empowering its actors to respond to challenges related to the shrinking space for civil society, collectively and more effectively.
- The second focuses on helping to build a free public discourse based on facts, independent analysis and a plurality of views. To this end, Civitates will coordinate expertise from civil society actors and share it as widely as possible so that citizens are made aware of the impact of digitalization on public discourse and adequate action can be taken to address any identified challenge.