About the Programme

The German Government is funding cooperations with partner organisations from Germany and civil society in the target countries (the Eastern partnership countries and Russia) and the cooperating countries (France and Poland). The goal is to establish permanent cooperation between civil-society actors and pursue one of the following additional goals:

  1. Strengthening pluralism
  2. Promoting the discussion of values
  3. Opening up prospects for the future
  4. Fostering dialogue and understanding

This website is run by WECHANGE (the offical project partner) and guides through the application process, connects potential partners and gives assistance in practical questions around the project management, like visa regulations, financial calculations and how to deal with bureaucratic requirements. In particular we are organizing events to bring together potential partners from time to time.

German Foreign Office Website about the programme

Detailed information on the Foreign Office Programme (PDF)

Process Overview

Until Aug 2021

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find your partner organisation

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Until Sep 2021


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Until Oct 2021

Apply in the pre-selection

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Until Feb 2022

Apply in the
formal application

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From Mar / Apr 2022

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Good Practice

Mitgestalten! Active youth participation in Eastern Europe

Mitgestalten! Active youth participation in Eastern Europe

The project Mitgestalten! promotes a variety of activities for more social participation of children and young people.

More Local Citizen Participation in St. Petersburg

More Local Citizen Participation in St. Petersburg

The goal of this project was to foster the German-Russian academic discourse and citizen exchange, strengthen citizen participation and local self-governance.

Grassroot women mobilise together for democracy!

Grassroot women mobilise together for democracy!

The threats against and the hindrance of the work of women’s organizations and other activists were the starting point for this international four-steps-project.

Find more Good Practice Examples from the last funding period here.

Learn more about how to find your partner organisation and start your project here.

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Upcoming Events

April 2021

April 22 @ 16:00 - May 20 @ 18:00

Conference: Areas of Cooperation and Conflict, Religious Communities and Civil Society in southeastern Europe, online 22.4.-20.5.2021

The conference is dedicated to the engagement of the religious communities with civil society in South Eastern Europe after 1989. Panels 1 and 2 intend to shed light on the practice of this relationship, through which we may understand where a “together“ and a “side by side“ of religious communities are possible, when civil society plays a role and what the reasons for limitations are. Building on these results, Panel 3 is dedicated to exploring the questions of which approach…

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May 2021

May 17

Filmvorführung: “Vierzig Herzen” (“Sorok serdec”) im Rahmen der Filmreihe “Energy Empire East”

Zum zehnten Jahrestag des Staatsplans für die Elektrifizierung Russlands (GOERO) verbindet Regisseur Lev Kulešov, der „Vater der sowjetischen Montagetechnik“, in seinem Dokumentarfilm zur Popularisierung der Elektrifizierung Originalaufnahmen von Baustellen mit inszenierten Szenen und Animationssequenzen. Vierzig regionale Kraftwerke, die titelgebenden Vierzig Herzen, sollen das Land mit Strom versorgen und mit der Elektrifizierung der Sowjetunion deren Modernisierung und Industrialisierung vorantreiben. (UdSSR 1931, Regie: Lev Kulešov) In Kooperation mit dem Kino Krokodil zeigt die Mediothek des Osteuropa-Instituts von Mai bis Juli 2021 eine Filmreihe zur Energiepolitik in der ehemaligen Sowjetunion.…

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May 31 @ 16:00 - 18:00

Conference Warm-up Event: Panel Discussion on Partnerships

The conference week will kick off with a warm-up event on May 31st at 16 o’clock CEST, consisting of a panel discussion about partnerships and networking.

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June 2021

June 3 @ 12:00 - June 5 @ 17:30

“Dialogue For The Future 2021”

“Dialogue for the Future 2021” is coming! Register now on the conference landing page!

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