General Eligibility Criteria For FundAction Grants
For legal as well as administrative reasons, at the moment we only fund organisations in the following countries: EU28 + EFTA (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein) + Western Balkans (Serbia, BiH, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania) + Ukraine, Moldova and Turkey. In the course of time we may consider applications from other countries.
Even though you apply as an individual member, for legal as well as administrative reasons, we are only able to fund registered and recognised non-profit organisations with their own (solvent) bank accounts. At the moment, we can’t fund individuals or informal groups. However, we may consider other types of applications on a case-by-case basis if there is a strong fiscal sponsor. So, if you are not a registered non-profit in your country, you can apply only if you have a fiscal sponsor (a registered non-profit) who is able to receive and manage the funds on your behalf.
Other points to consider
We prioritise groups or work that would struggle to get funding elsewhere. Although there isn’t lots of money for progressive activities in Europe, there is even less money for travel and other costs to support activist groups to meet and work with each other. Please prioritise those organisations that wouldn’t otherwise be able to do this.
We would like to support the ‘unusual suspects’, such as those who have limited funding options. (However at this stage we need to transfer funding to registered entities. Therefore if your organisation isn’t a registered charity in your country of operation, you will need a host organisation willing to receive and manage the money on your behalf. See above, in ‘eligibility’.)
We are looking for work that creates systemic change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and promoting a better vision of the future. As such, we are not funding ‘traditional’ charity work, e.g. work that aims to (for example) improve health and wellbeing, relieve financial hardship or unemployment, conserve the environment or advance education and training. Bear in mind FundAction’s focus on ‘activism’. A rough idea is that we want to avoid supporting anything that may get funding from a corporate foundation (like a bank).