About the Programme

The German Government is funding cooperations with partner organizations from the civil society in the Eastern partnership countries and Russia. 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 2020

an idea &
find your partner organisation

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Until Sep 2020


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Until 16 Oct 2020

Apply in the pre-selection

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Until Feb 2021

Apply in the
formal application

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From Mar / Apr 2021

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Until Jun 2022


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Best Practice

INKuLtur. Promoting the participation of people with disabilities in cultural life

INKuLtur. Promoting the participation of people with disabilities in cultural life

INKultur established in 2018 with the primary goal to promote inclusion of people with fewer opportunities participating in cultural and social life in different regions of Russia.

City Makers’ Course Lviv

City Makers’ Course Lviv

City Makers’ Course Lviv is a joined project of the Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany), NGO “Stadtagenten” (Germany) and City Institute (Ukraine). The project goal is to educate professionals in the area of urban development.

TRIYOU. German-polish-ukrainian Forum for multiplicators of youth work

TRIYOU. German-polish-ukrainian Forum for multiplicators of youth work

The Forum TRIYOU aims to initiate partnership, create new ideas and support organisers of youth meetings with professional knowledge as well as an implementation of trilateral projects.

Find more Best Practise Examples from the last funding period here.

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

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Past Events

June 2019

14. June 2019

Tagung‚ Glasnost, Perestroika und die Russlanddeutschen

wir würden uns sehr freuen, Sie zu der wissenschaftlichen Tagung „Glasnost, Perestroika und die Russlanddeutschen“ begrüßen zu dürfen. Die Veranstaltung findet am 18. Juni 2019 von 11:00 – 16:30 Uhr (Registrierung ab 10:00 Uhr) in der Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur (Kronenstraße 5, 10117 Berlin) statt. Das Ziel der Tagung ist es, die Folgen der Politik Gorbatschows für die russlanddeutsche Volksgruppe zu beleuchten und zu diskutieren. Darüber hinaus sollen die aktuellen Nationalitätenpolitiken Russlands und Deutschlands und deren minderheitenpolitischen Akzente analysiert…

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16. June 2019 - 20. June 2019

Civil Society 4.0 conference

WECHANGE eG with the sponsorship of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany organises the Networking Conference "Civil Society 4.0" on 16 - 20 of June 2019 in Berlin.

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21. June 2019 - 22. June 2019
Kiev Ukraine

Pulse of Ukraine Forum

“Our Cities, Our Future: All Politics is Local” Forum 2019 Key Topic: A phrase from US politics in the 1980s – “all politics is local” – is just as relevant in Ukraine today as it was in America back then. Cities are a driving force of economic prosperity and political progress, vital centres of democracy, and a focus of both social tension and community cohesion. Kyiv is a global city with an ancient heritage, and many modern challenges. Ukraine’s decentralisation,…

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September 2019

6. September 2019 - 8. September 2019

“Zensiert u. verfolgt: Kultur unter Druck”

Die Evangelische Akademie Tutzing veranstaltet in Kooperation mit der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung vom 6.-8. September 2019 die öffentliche Tagung Zensiert & verfolgt: Kultur unter Druck 6.-8. September 2019 Erstarkende autoritäre Systeme in Osteuropa setzen Kunst- und Kulturschaffende zunehmend unter Druck. Wir diskutieren ihre Lage in Sowjetzeiten, die aktuelle Situation sowie politische und ästhetische Wirksamkeit zwischen offener Opposition und Wirken im Untergrund. Neben Erfahrungen aus Ungarn, Polen, Belarus, Russland, Georgien, der Ukraine und Serbien, werden auch jüngste politische Entwicklungen in…

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October 2019

11. October 2019

Deadline for Sketches

The application process of the funding programme for 2020 starts at the end of August and ends on the 11th of October 2019. Apply with a sketch of your project and get a result before the end of the year 2019. If your idea receives a positive answer, you can apply with a whole application. Registration link is here http://oepr.diplo.de. Project submitted in any other way can not be taken into account. Note! All users must re-register. You cannot use…

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March 2020

March 16 @ 8:00 - March 17 @ 17:00

Conference: Withdrawals – the withdrawal of Soviet and Russian troops from the sphere of power of the (former) USSR since 1985

Location: German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst Organizers: German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst; German Society for Eastern European Studies e.V.; German Historical Institute Moscow; Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr (ZMSBw); Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) Date: 16/17 March 2020 Languages: English – Russian – German The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in extensive withdrawals by the Soviet/Russian military. For the left behind cities and countries and for the regions to…

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June 2020

June 10 @ 10:00 - 11:15

German-Ukrainian Bilateral Relations. New Tendencies in Cooperation? [ONLINE]

German-Ukrainian Bilateral Relations: New Tendencies in Cooperation? Online-Event: 18th Ukraine Breakfast Debate Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 10–11:15 AM Welcome and Moderation: Dr. Katrin Böttger*, Director, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin Experts: Alyona Hetmanchuk, Director, New Europe Center (NEC), Kyiv Ljudmyla Melnyk, Research Associate, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin Sergiy Solodkyy, First Deputy Director, New Europe Center (NEC), Kyiv Dr. Susan Stewart, Head of the Research Division on Eastern Europe and Eurasia, German Institute for International and Security…

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September 2020

September 27 - September 30

“Dialogue for the Future 2020” – Exchange between East and West

WHEN: 27 – 30 September 2020 WHERE: Berlin, bUm – space for the committed civil society WHO: NGOs or initiatives from the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) and France, Germany, Poland, Russia, which are working or are interested in the conference topics mentioned above and which are thinking about an exchange project together. The Federal Foreign Office as the sponsor of the conference intends to initiate networking for an issue-based cooperation. The goal of the conference is to start a dialogue for the future that…

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