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 2019

an idea &
find your partner organisation

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Until Sep 2019


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Until 11th of Oct 2019

Apply in the pre-selection

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Until Feb 2020

Apply in the
formal application

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From Mar / Apr 2020

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Until Jun 2021


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Best Practice

Stadt im Dialog 3: P2P Learning’s Growth of Urban Activism in Small Russian Cities

Stadt im Dialog 3: P2P Learning’s Growth of Urban Activism in Small Russian Cities

The project “Stadt im Dialog 3: P2P Learning’s Growth of Urban Activism in Small Russian Cities” addresses the importance of physical infrastructure, media infrastructure and economic infrastructure.

Civic Tech Exchange

Civic Tech Exchange

The main goal here is to provide the first step to a non-monopolised internet infrastructure for Civil Society. The clear goal of the project is advanced training in the field of Civic-Tech.

Learn to Сommemorate

Learn to Сommemorate

“Learn to Commemorate” is a transnational civil society project to develop materials and formats for Jewish remembrance work in Ukraine.

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

June 14

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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June 16 - June 20

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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June 21 - June 22
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

September 6 - September 8

“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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