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

Professional Exchange and Cooperation between Civil Society Actors from Germany and Belarus

Professional Exchange and Cooperation between Civil Society Actors from Germany and Belarus

The project goal was to intensify the exchange of expertise and cooperation between Belarusian and German NGOs.

Brest Fortress Development Foundation

Brest Fortress Development Foundation

The local charitable foundation “Brest Fortress Development Foundation” was established on September, 19, 2013 in order to facilitate the study, promotion and development of the Brest-Litovsk Fortress site for socio-cultural purposes.

Dialogue of Сapitals

Dialogue of Сapitals

The Dialogue of capitals in Moscow (2017) and Berlin (2018) was a part of a long-term youth project that was initiated by the alumni association of the German-Russian-Youth-Parliament (DRJUG e.V.)

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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Upcoming Events

October 2019

October 11

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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Find more events regarding the partnership programme here.

For further information feel free to contact the German Federal Foreign Office by email: