Europe for Citizens

Are partners required?


Is mobility required/involved?



The Europe for Citizens programme runs from 2014-2020 with a budget of €185 million.

Europe for Citizens is a trans-national programme, so partners are required, and it supports meetings, exchanges and projects that explore issues around citizenship. The aims of this programme are to: 

  • Contribute to citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity
  • Foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level
  • Raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values
  • Encourage democratic participation of citizens at EU level, by developing citizens' understanding of the EU policy-making process, and by promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at EU level.

Key facts

Europe for Citizens offers support for projects addressing two specific strands:


  • Activities inviting reflection on European cultural diversity and on common values. It aims to finance projects reflecting on causes of totalitarian regimes in Europe's modern history and to commemorate the victims of their crimes.

Democratic engagement and civic participation

  • Activities covering civic participation, focusing in particular on European Union policies and initiatives developing opportunities for mutual understanding, intercultural learning, solidarity, societal engagement and volunteering at EU level.
  • This strand includes three specific measures: Town Twinning, Networks of towns and Civil society projects.

The programme can also support the permanent, usual and regular activities of organisations with Operating Grants. Organisations must have a European outreach, contribute to the objectives of the programme. They must also either raise awareness of European remembrance or encourage democratic and and civic participation.

Only public bodies or non-profit organisations with a legal personality can apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply. 

The specific priorities for each year of the programme can be found on the EACEA wesbite.

Relevant region(s)

Public bodies or non-profit organisations from all UK nations can apply.

UK contact point(s)

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for the implementation of most activities of the Europe for Citizens Programme and the contacts for each strand can be found their website

The European Commission has also established Europe for Citizens Contact Points. These national structures are responsible for ensuring the targeted, effective dissemination, of practical information on the Programme implementation, its activities and funding opportunities. There is no Contact Point situated in the UK. Contact points in other countries can be found here.