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    The Civil Society Fund supports these different types of interventions:

    • Small-scale Interventions (Up to DKK 100,000) are intended applicants with little or no experience of working in developing countries, though it is open to all organisations. It enables organisations that wish to work with civil society and development activities to build experience and try out ideas in cooperation with a partner organisation and/or various civil society actors in a developing country. The objective of these interventions is to start up and try out small-scale development activities, which underpin cooperation, popular participation, volunteering and civil organisation in developing countries.

    • Citizen Participation Interventions (DKK 100,000 – 500,000) can be applied for by both experienced and less experienced organisations. This type of work revolves around promoting active citizenship, popular participation and volunteering, and it helps support a fundamental principle of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, namely that sustainable development calls for all citizens in the world to take an interest, take a stance and take responsibility. The interventions must bolster popular involvement, volunteering and civil organisation in developing countries as well as in Denmark.

    • Development Interventions (DKK 500,000 – 4.5 million) promote a vigorous civil society with popular foundations, and create lasting improvements in the living conditions of vulnerable population groups. They are implemented in partnerships involving relations with other actors. They contain both elements of capacity building and (potential for) advocacy

    • Co-Financing aims to assist partnerships in widening their financial foundation. It is possible to apply for an advance commitment to co-financing together with another donor or support modality that demands a degree of self-funding (e.g. the EU). It is also possible to request a financial contribution towards carrying out an application process targeted at another external funding facility likely to approve a grant, say, a Danish or an international foundation. This support modality can take two forms:

      • Support for Co-Financing (DKK 100,000 – 2 milion): A financial contribution to supplement other funds/donors that demand a share of self- or co-funding (e.g. as a condition for EU grants).

      • Support for Application Process (DKK 20,000 – 50,000): Support for costs in connection with applications to specified donors, for example costs of salaries, analysis and other spending associated with drawing up a particular application.

    • Capacity Assessments (Up to DKK 100,000) are intended for organisations with a turnover in their development cooperation of at least DKK 2 million over two consecutive years. They shed light on the Danish organisation’s professional, organisational and administrative capacity in view of, among other factors, the scope, nature and composition of its portfolio of partners and interventions, as well as to inform the organisation’s general strategic and organisational processes as regards its international development cooperation. If the Capacity Assessment has been conceived as part of a future application for programme financing, the procedure set out in the guidelines for programmes should be adhered to.

    • Partnership Programmes (up to DKK 15 million per year)


    Note: Larger funding options are met by greater demands

    Organisations can apply for larger funding amounts in line with their increasing experience. But as the amounts applied for increase, so does the demands related to the professional quality and sustainability of the projects, the strategic thinking and the professional and organisational capacity. This applies to both the organisation itself as well as its local partner. The demands increase in accordance with the total budget and the planned expenditure per year.

    If interventions are initiated for the first time (e.g. a budget of less than DKK 100,000), demands are more flexible in relation to the intervention's strategies and details.



    Please read the guidelines carefully
    It is adviseable to study the guidelines in detail before applying the Civil Society Fund for grants. A thorough understanding of the different types of projects and demands, a Danish CSO and its partner must comply with, is often key to a succesful application. 

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    Tel: 045 8612 0342, weekdays 10.00-15.00, Mail us at cisu@cisu.dk

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