European Union Aid Programme
for Turkish Cypriot community
Be Aware, Give Back, Raise Your VOICE!
  • Cypriot Civil Society in Action VI has been launched! The deadline for Concept Notes: 25 September 2017
In order to implement objective 3 of the EU Aid programme, three Calls for Proposals were launched during the period 2007-2009, awarding grants in a variety of fields. The main aims of these three calls were:
  • reconciliation and confidence building measures;
  • support to civil society in the Turkish Cypriot community; and
  • support to civil society organisations (CSO) and international organisations promoting reconciliation projects including research leading to a better understanding of issues affecting trust between the two communities.


In parallel to the above mentioned grant schemes, a Civil Society Support Team (CSST) was put in place to provide technical assistance and capacity building to civil society organisations. This Team was active from 2008 to 2011. Activities also included general awareness raising relating to the role of civil society in modern democracies.

In 2013 the European Commission undertook an evaluation of its past support to Cypriot Civil Society since 2007 in order to gather lessons from past experiences and so better respond to the needs of both the population and civil society actors.

Lessons learned and recommendations from this evaluation were considered when drafting both the “Cypriot Civil Society in Action IV” and the “Cypriot Civil Society in Action V” grant schemes.

A total of xx grant contracts were signed for a total amount €5.4 million, all of which are now finalised. The grants focused on: xxx
Ten grant contracts were signed in July 2014 for a total of €2.5 million, all of which are ongoing. More details on the individual projects can be found under “Projects and Results”.
The main aims of this grant scheme were:
  • to strengthen civil society in the northern part of Cyprus as a key actor in the development of a culture of dialogue, participation in the community life and the promotion of values of tolerance, peace and active citizenship; and
  • to promote reconciliation, dialogue, closer relationship and trust between the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot communities through confidence building measures and joint-actions organised by civil society organisations from both communities.


The priority sectors were environment, human rights, and culture and/or sports.

A total of eight grant contracts were signed in late 2015/early 2016 for an amount of €1.635 million, which are now ongoing. More details on the individual projects can be found under “Projects and Results”.
The main aims of this grant scheme are: (i) to support the development of civil society in the northern part of Cyprus as a key actor in the development of a culture of dialogue, participation in community life and the promotion of values of tolerance, peace and active citizenship, and (ii) to support civil society organisation capacity building and advocacy projects to reinforce sector based networking and coordination and citizen’s involvement in policy design and monitoring.

Actions reaching out to remote areas and/or marginalised communities, in networks in particular with Greek Cypriot and/or international civil society organisations to share best practices and strengthen common approaches and agendas and which incorporated gender perspectives were prioritised.

The priority sectors were the environment (focusing on natural resources and waste, nature and biodiversity, and environment and health), and human rights, prioritising projects addressing civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and the fight against human trafficking.