ForsidePuljerStyrkelse af civilsamfundets råderum

CISU opererer med støtteformen, Indsatser til styrkelse af civilsamfundets råderum. 


Støtteformen er iværksat som led i at Regeringen har indgået aftale med V, RV, SF, K, EL, LA og ALT om COVID-19 Hjælpepakke II og III. Som led heri allokeredes i juni 15 mio. kr. til fremme af stærke og uafhængige civilsamfund, og yderligere 25 mio. kr. allokeredes i oktober (hjælpepakke III). Midlerne dækker også udgifter til forvaltning og kapacitetsudvikling, som fx kurser, workshops og læringsarrrangementer på tværs af bevillingshavere og civilsamfundet.


Midlerne udmøntes via Civilsamfund i Udvikling (CISU), som en særlig støtteform under den eksisterende Civilsamfundspulje. Retningslinierne er uddarbejdet som et addendum til Civilsamfundspuljens retningslinjer, der specificerer de specifikke bestemmelser for den særlige støtteform.


Anvend links her til højre for at finde retningslinier og ansøgningsskema, der ligger sammen med de øvrige dokumenter, der anvendes til ansøgninger til Civilsamfundspuljen.


Status på ansøgninger og bevillinger

CISU afventer et endeligt tilsagn fra Udenrigsministeriet om yderligere midler til denne støtteform. Når det er på plads, vil vi opdatere denne side.


Her opdaterer vi løbende hvor meget der ansøgt for, og hvor meget der er bevilget.


Opdateret: 10/05/2021


Ansøgninger op til 3 mio. kr.

Bevilget beløb: kr. 17.729.761

Modtagne men ikke afgjorte ansøgninger, beløb: kr. 951.867

CISU modtager på nuværende tidspunkt ikke flere ansøgninger om indsatser over 500.000 kr., da alle midler afsat til indsatser over 500.000 kr. er bevilliget.


Friholdte 4 mio. kr. til ansøgninger under 500.000 kr.

Modtagne men ikke afgjorte ansøgninger, beløb: kr. 499.400

Bevilget beløb: kr. 915.400

Rest: kr. 3.084.600

FAQ about the modality

No, there are no deadlines.

All applications, both Civic Space Interventions and Civic Space Supplement, are assessed on an ongoing basis and granted if assessed as worthy of support.

The funds for this modality are granted on an ongoing basis until the funds are exhausted.

Yes, all applications use the same application format. 


The reason for two different ways to apply is about the key data (stamdata). Those applying for Civic Space Supplement is only possible for those organisations who have a direct funding agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is possible since the ministry will carry out a screening of the partners, the organisation's thematic capacity and their track record in the countries applied for. 


If an organisation with a direct funding agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs applies for a country they do not work in through the SPA-agreeement, or will work with new partners or a new thematic area, the said organisation must apply for a Civic Space Intervention and apply with key data (stamdata). Then it is CISUs assessment comittee that will carry out the assessment of the entire application.

Yes, that is possible. Same principles on partnership as in the general Guidelines for the Civil Society Fund.

Yes, you can apply for a project covering more countries and/or a region. You should prepare a coherent strategy that addresses the multi-country/regional focus. Otherwise, you can consider preparing two separate applications.


However, if the activities in the different countries are not contributing to similar challenges on civic space and have a common objective, it might be challenging to present a strong contextual analysis and a coherent strategy.

Yes, your partner(s) can be the primary target group for capacity development since the objective of this modality is to strengthen resilient and independent civil society. This is similar to the general objective of the Civil Society Fund.

Do, however, consider the cost levels if the total number of the target group is limited. The assessment criteria regarding cost level rests upon the proportionality between activities/results and the cost level.

There is no specific geographical focus. But do take note that we are asking for a thorough contextual analysis built upon the situation in a given country to assess the relevance.

CISU generally accepts partners who are non-registered for obvious reasons. When entering key data about yourself and your partner, you have the possibility to enter relevant information concerning your partner’s organizational setup.


If your partner is somehow prevented from featuring as your direct partner, CISU operates with this flexibility, as mentioned in the guidelines:


As set out in CISU’s Guidelines for the Civil Society Fund, when a local partner is an informal type of organisation (e.g. a social movement), a non-legal, non-registered body or is otherwise prevented from featuring as the direct partner, it is possible to choose another organisation – even one that does not belong to civil society – to act as an intermediary to link up to the Danish applicant organisation. This could be, for instance, in countries where civil society organisations in general or certain groups in particular are subject to legislation that restricts their right to organise or their access to international financing.


If you are in doubt, please contact CISU at with your specific case in order to discuss whether your specific constellation can be accepted.


If your partner constellation is already part of an intervention under the Civil Society Fund, you can consider this constellation eligible under the Rebuilding Civic Space modality also.

Cash grant distribution is not considered an optimal approach in this modality. This is more an approach relevant for humanitarian interventions. It is however not completely excluded that there is a situation where it might be relevant.

If initial assumptions in the intervention changes over time (eg. intial assumption: “that the corona-virus does not see any further spread in the country”), you should consider revising your strategy. When relevant, please make use of the correct formats for changes, at


All applications are deemed to take place in a fragile situation, and generally in the Civil Society Fund this means a higher amount set aside for strategic services. It is however always necessary to argue for the relevance of these and built strategic services into the overall strategy of the intervention. This, in effect, means that strategic services should support and underpin capacity development and advocacy.

In the current global situation, this may very well be a relevant method of organizing. But all approaches can be relevant in any given context, and online activism is definitely also one of them.

Yes, the guidelines only provide some examples of infringements with a high prevalence on civic freedoms and human rights. The examples are not to be considered exclusionary of other areas where citizens and activists are barred from pursuing their work fighting for rights. If COVID-19 measures have worsened the situation, an intervention that falls within the types of intervention can be valid for this modality.

The assessment committee are external to CISU but appointed by CISUs Board of Directors. And the assessment committee is working under a confidentiality clause.

CISU distinguishes between giving advice and giving guidance on draft proposals to new funding modalities.


Advice (a meeting where a proposal is discussed in detail) are only for members of CISU, whereas all eligible organizations (including non-members) can receive technical guidance on specific questions related to the guideline and/or technical aspects of preparing an application format or budget.

In principle yes. However, we have preallocated DKK 4 mio to applicaitons below 500.000 to ensure a sum is left for organisations who normally apply for lesser amounts.

We aim for 4 weeks for the assessment period.

We refer to our Administration Guide, section 7, that specifies the below.

CISU does not need to approve an accountant beforehand for interventions above DKK 200.000.