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We are looking for your ideas, projects, and experiments that breathe new life into European democracy. Apply now for our action grants!

The European Union is an open and free society.

A place we created together and where Europeans have lived peacefully for almost 75 years. It has not been easy. We have defeated fascism and torn down the walls that kept us apart. We have created a place that is at peace with itself. A place that guarantees freedoms for which many others around the world are fighting. A place where we can travel freely. Where we can study and work in different countries and create experiences that will enrich the rest of our lives.

But this, our Europe is under attack. We are facing a newly divided Europe. A new kind of polarisation threatens the gains of decades of European cooperation. New levels of inequality erode the social fabric of our societies. Culture and identity are misused to divide communities.

Do we really want to watch this happen? It’s time to act now!

What are we looking for?

We fund creative, cultural actions prior, during and after the EU parliamentary elections that can breathe life into Europe, and democracy at large. We want your innovative and provocative ideas that challenge the negative discourse and are able to become inspiring examples from the local to the European levels.

How and when can I apply?

Read the Frequently Asked Questions before applying as this is a special year for Europe, so we have special rules for this open call.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the overwhelming amount of applications ECF closed this round of the Democracy Needs Imagination call on Tuesday 23 April 2019 Midday CET.

Thank you to all of you for your interest and important initiatives – it has been great getting to know your work. We want to support a growing community and connect initiatives – funded or not – throughout the year, so please stay tuned.

Anything else you want to ask?