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News article20 December 2021Representation in Cyprus2 min read


The European Commission signed 12 new civil society grant contracts for EUR 2.5 million


As part of the Aid Programme support for the reunification of Cyprus (Regulation (EC) 389/2006), the European Union (EU) has been providing since 2007 financial assistance to strengthen the role of civil society in the Turkish Cypriot community, to promote EU values and a conducive environment for further development of trust, dialogue and co-operation between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities, as well as for the integration of the Turkish Cypriot civil society into the wider Union. In the last quarter of 2021, European Commission has signed 11 new contracts with different Turkish Cypriot civil society organisations for a total of EUR 1.8 million as well as a direct grant of EUR 700,000 for the Human Rights platform association.

This seventh Cypriot Civil Society in Action call for proposals aims at encouraging civil society organisations to pursue meaningful socio-economic change by participating in decision-making and policy implementation, influencing change at local and EU level while fostering collaboration in the dialogue between the Cypriot communities. The projects will be implemented over the next 2 to 3 years in the following areas: Access to human rights for vulnerable or minority groups, youth and women empowerment, patients’, employees’ and elderly rights, advocacy on sustainable development goals, waste management as well as environmental literacy and activism.

The European Commission has also signed a direct grant with the Human Rights Platform association that brings together several rights-based Turkish Cypriot CSOs aiming at developing a more just, equitable, democratic and inclusive society. The project which will be implemented in the next 2 years will primarily focus on anti-trafficking, refugee rights, LGBTI+ rights, democratic participation in the decision making process – including freedom of association and freedom of expression, detention conditions and freedom from torture. The platform will develop synergies and cooperation with Greek Cypriot CSOs and EU CSOs or CSO networks and is open to other rights-based associations interested in joining.

Since 2007, the European Commission has launched seven Cypriot civil society in action calls for proposals, for a total amount of EUR 14 million and one thematic call for proposals Together against Trafficking in Human Beings for EUR 1 million. By supporting civil society in the Turkish Cypriot community, the Aid Programme assists in the development of a fairer society based on respect for human dignity, human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.

For more information on civil society grant projects funded by the European Union, you can visit the EU funded grant support team website:

For more information on the EU funded technical assistance to support civil society organisations in the Turkish Cypriot community, you can visit Civic Space website:  


Publication date
20 December 2021
Representation in Cyprus