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Small, flexible, and accessible grants can go a long way

Grantees’ needs evolve, new challenges and opportunities constantly emerge, at the same time it is important to provide space and time for civil society and journalistic organisations to reinvent their strategies and approaches and build wider constituencies. There are plenty of important aspects of organisational strengthening that fall out of the scope of a typical grant application such as emerging collaborations, exchanges, specific thematic training opportunities, attending conferences and initiating cross-organisational visits.

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How can journalism thrive in a time of crisis?

Independent, public interest journalism in Europe finds itself increasingly under pressure with journalists being silenced, refused access to political debates, and the plurality of media being at risk. At the same time, independent media organisations are financially strained as the Internet has changed how people consume news. As a result, fewer and fewer people are willing to pay for news and advertisers are redirecting money to online platforms where unverified information is provided for free.

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Civitates to fund 14 national coalitions for strong and resilient civil society in 10 countries

Over the last years, CSOs all over Europe have voiced increasing concern about the legal and practical limitations affecting their work and their operating environment: including restrictions on freedoms of association, assembly or protest, administrative harassment, budget cuts or difficulties to access funding or reduced access to policy-makers and opportunities to participate in the policymaking process.

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Press releases

December 2019,  Announcing a new fund to support independent, public interest journalism in Europe.

February 2019, Press release about the formation of Civitates by sixteen foundations.

November 2018, “A time to stand together“ – A declaration condemning the violence directed towards civil society. Full statement and list of signatories