What we fund
Our long-term vision is to promote an ecosystem of European public interest and civil society organisations working on policy and technology, based on a diversity of actors and a plurality of goals that represents society as a whole.
Since the fund was publicly announced in September 2020, we have launched on two funding streams, our open call for targeted core funding, as well as a Tech and COVID-19 grant. In addition to grant making, we provide our grantees with opportunities to learn, reflect, and connect (Funding+).
As the fund develops and grows, we will announce more funding opportunities.
Targeted core funding
Our first open call, which closed on November 1st, 2020, aims to strengthening organisational capacity around policy and advocacy. We want to enable civil society organisations with AI expertise to start building up strategic capacity in advocacy and policy to shape Europe’s digital future in the mid- and long-term. We also want to help more civil society organisations build expertise on AI issues, particularly those who already have strong advocacy and policy capacity, and whose work is either affected or transformed by the deployment of AI/ADM. And finally, we want to build a cohort of grantees to ensure that civil society partners are more and better connected to learn from each other. We are in the final stages of the selection process and will announce our first cohort of grantees in early March 2021.
Tech and COVID-19 grant
With our tech and Covid grants, we want to play our part in helping to make sure that organisations that have been monnitoring Europe’s tech response over the past few months can continue their crucial work. We also want to help make sure that there is enough research and evidence about the role that data, automated decision-making, and technology more broadly has played and continues to play in Europe’s tech response to the pandemic. Our ultimate goal is to work together with our grantee partners and start a dialogue about how we can collectively learn from this current moment. Since this is a time-sensitive issue, we decided not to announce an open call, and instead invited selected organisations to apply. The selection committee was composed of donors of this fund.
Similar to other initiatives hosted by the Network for European Foundations, we aim to do more than provide funding to our grantee partners. Capacity building, training, and facilitating spaces to connect is part of the fund’s toolkit and approach. We call this our Funding Plus approach. We know there isn’t one right way to go about capacity building, so we try to understand what our partners would find most helpful and let them be in the driver’s seat.