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Sustainability and capacity

Sustainability and capacity

The objective of the program: enhanced sustainability and capacity of civil society in Latvia

Total amount for the program: 2 020 000 EUR

Expected program results:

  • Number of CSOs that increased the share of non-grant funding in their total income has grown.
  • Number of CSOs that regularly disseminate information on their activities and results to the wider public has raised.
  • Number of CSOs using an M&E system for their work has increased.



  1. Capacity building – education, acquisition and strengthening of skills and competences, human resources development and attraction at the level of organizations and individuals, including assessment of organizational capacity building needs and preparing action plans.
  2. Cooperation between CSOs – support to organizations participation in regional, national, or international CSO networks, support for CSO platforms and networks, for experience sharing and networking events.
  3. Facilitation of financial sustainability of CSOs – fundraising campaigns and activities.


THE PROGRAM FUNDING WILL BE GRANTED to the following projects:

  • Capacity projects – for activities that focus on strengthening, cooperation and networking of civil society organizations, informal civil society groups, and active individuals; as well as on the development of financial sustainability of organizations.
  • Two calls for proposals: in 2020 and 2021
  • Project duration: 6-24 months
  • Grant amount per project: 6 000 – 20 000 EUR. *With a possibility to receive additional points at the selection process if the project involves cooperation with an organization in Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway. For information on collaborative support, see here.
  • Civic Competences Academy “Change Maker” – in 2021/2022, in all five regions (Kurzeme, Zemgale, Vidzeme, Latgale, Riga & Riga Region) of Latvia, the 8-months training course in civic competences will be organized. It will be available in three different courses divided by participant category and experience in civic activities: (1) new or young activists, (2) existing CSO leaders and (3) officials. The training will take place on average once a month – a full day, including face-to-face and online lessons, workshops for case studies, networking, experience exchange, etc. For existing CSO leaders, mentor support will be provided. The Academy will be coordinated by the Latvian Rural Forum in cooperation with Dienvidlatgale NGO Support Centre (in Latgale), Kurzeme NGO Centre (in Kurzeme), Civic Alliance Latvia (in Riga), Valmiera Region Community Foundation (in Vidzeme), Zemgale NGO Support Centre (in Zemgale).




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