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Democratic culture

Democratic culture

The objective of the program: strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness in Latvia

Total amount for the program: 4 405 000 EUR

Expected program outcomes:

  • Number of people engaged in decision-making processes has raised.
  • Share of people involved in civic activities has increased.
  • Share of people believing they can influence decision-making processes has grown.



  1. Awareness-raising on democracy – civic education initiatives (formal and informal), broad public campaigns.
  2. People participation in civic activities – organizing civic activities and involving people, maintaining new and existing virtual or physical platforms for civic activities and networking, building a positive public image of civil society organizations and organizing campaigns to raise awareness on their activities, training for vulnerable groups on civic activities and participation.
  3. Reinforcing CSO watchdog and advocacy roles – support for involvement in decision-making processes, for preparation of researches and reports to obtain data needed to reinforce the watchdog and advocacy roles, and for promoting access to information.



  • Strategic projects with a systemic vision on their importance and long-term impact on strengthening the participation of Latvian civil society and individuals, and the empowerment of vulnerable groups.
  • Two calls for proposals: in 2020 and 2021
  • Project duration: 2-4 years
  • Grant amount per project: 40 000 – 105 000 EUR. 
  • Action projects for implementation of current and urgent initiatives to ensure interest advocacy and implementation of civic activities.
  • Applications for funding may be submitted at any time from 2020, as long as funding is available (submission of Action projects is closed!).
  • Grant amount per project: 1 000 – 10 000 EUR
  • Communication campaign on democracy
  • One call for proposals: in 2023
  • The duration of one campaign (project): 1-1,5 years
  • Grant amount per campaign (project): 100 000 – 140 000 EUR


Additionally, under auspices of the program, a predefined project is being implemented - Research paper on CSO sector in Latvia 2020-2024. The project aims to obtain and analyze reliable data on civil society sector in Latvia, its development and necessary legal and financial improvements of the sector. The project promoter is Civic Alliance Latvia.

Approved projects

1 Transparency International Latvia Transparency watchdogs: road to accountable decisions in national and regional governments Closed
2 Public Participation Foundation Development of an automated CSO participation system Closed
3 Latvian 4-H Give Way to Youth! Closed
4 NGO Balta maja Activities of the Association "Balta maja" to strengthen the sense of community citizenship Closed
5 Foundation The power of society! Closed
6 European Movement - Latvia DemocracyYES! Closed
7 Riga Active Seniors Alliance The keys to democracy: tools for promoting digital and green mobility Closed
8 LATVIAN GERMAN ASSOCIATION Civic Expertise Incubator Closed
9 Foundation "" Zoo police and public inspector networks in the regions of Latvia Closed
10 Daugavpils and Ilukste district partnership "Neighbors" Let's do it in the South Latgale! Closed
11 NGO RITINEITIS Get to know yourself in Northern Latgale Closed
12 Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS Long-term solutions for improved public consultations Closed
13 Creative Minds for Culture Youth Participation Platform Active
14 World Wide Fund For Nature Promoting and strengthening youth participation in advocacy Closed
15 NGO ESTO Listen. Understand. Act! Closed
16 Circle of Mediation Strong together! Active
17 The Cross-Regional Fund of Mid Latgale Charity Circle Closed
18 Latvian Ornithological Society Representation of the interests of the Latvian Ornithological Society and public involvement Closed
19 NGO Rural Partnership "Lielupe" Raising of Participation and Civic Activity in Jelgava and Ozolnieki Regions 3. Closed
20 National Youth Council of Latvia LJP 3.0 Closed
21 Create the Environment Yourself Create Liepaja Yourself Closed
22 Women's NGOs Cooperation Network of Latvia Engagement of Women in Addressing Their Needs Closed
23 Latvian Scout and Guide Central Organization The Net Closed
24 Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation Strategic partnerships for sustainable future Closed
25 Association MARTA Centre Women's Rights Culture - a Milestone of Democracy Closed
26 Society "Dzīvnieku pansija Ulubele" Empathy, comprehension and qualification - volunteering guidelines Closed
27 Latvian Fund for Nature Green Barometer Closed
28 Train of democracy Closed
29 Society "Piekrastes Konvents" Engure village coastal zone restrictions and future planning with respect to local citizen needs Closed
30 Society "ILUMINATE IDEA" Let there be youngsters Closed
31 Society "Vecdaugaviesi" ECI-UBI „Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU” updating in Latvia Closed
32 Association of LGBT and their friends "Mozaika" Inclusive family legislation Closed
33 Transparency International Latvia Delna – Part of Developing Viable Code of Ethics for Prosecutors Closed
34 Latvian Fund for Nature Complaint about breach of European Union law Closed
35 Communities cooperation network "Selonian islands" Coat of Arms of the Historical Land of Selia Closed
36 Society "Our home in Pocelujevka" Good governance: from formal to real! Closed
37 Cooperation Platform The path to solve the problem Active
38 Association for support of russian civil society and russian emigrant support (AREM) Refugees guide Closed
39 Papardes zieds Long term sustainability support for "Papardes zieds" Active
40 Ascendum Operations of Association "Ascendum" in 2022-2023 Active
41 DOTS Foundation for an Open Society Strengthening of democracy and democratic culture: LAMPA Conversation Festival Active
42 Center Dardedze A secure childhood - a secure future Active
43 Baltic Human Rights Society Longterm support for implementation of democratic citizenship and human rights education Active
44 Development platform YOU+ Youth one stop agency Closed
45 Riga German Cultural Society Attention! Distance (with state) decreases! Active
46 "Latvian Permaculture Association" Defense of the rights of the rural population for qualitative living conditions Closed
47 Closed
48 NGO "Club "The House" - youth for a United Europe" Understand, get involved, decide! Active
49 Children’s Hospital Foundation Me and you, We. Closed
50 Baltic Center for Media Excellence Media literacy assessment, policy recommendations and integration into the education system Active
51 Latvian Society of the Blind Be knowledgeable! Active
52 The Laboratory for the Culture of Democracy The Laboratory for the Culture of Democracy Active
53 Saldus District Development Association Together we can - together we work in Saldus region! Closed
54 Tabitas Sirds Involvement of volunteers in humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine in Dienvidkurzeme region Closed
55 Transparency International Latvia Key to Facilitating Whistleblowing Closed
56 Let's help each other Maintenance of the Association's coordination center for the provision of humanitarian aid Closed
57 Foundation "" Lets help Ukraine! Closed
58 I want to help refugees' Latvian citizens supporting civilians of Ukraine Closed
59 Organisation "City for People" Improving work with volunteers while helping refugees from Ukraine Closed
60 Vidusdaugavas NGO Center Help point for Ukrainian war refugees in Jekabpils region Closed
61 Opportunity for everyone We are strong together Closed
62 Workshop of Participation Closed
63 Civic Alliance - Latvia National research paper on CSOs sector Active
64 Society "Cooperation Platform" Strong to support Closed
65 Active



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