Recently, sixteen philanthropic foundations have come together to form Civitates, a consortium committed to protect and expand civil society in Europe. Civitates will focus on two specific areas: the shrinking space for civil society, and public discourse and digitization. It is a philanthropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe. It provides funding for civil society actors to come together, revitalize public discourse, and ensure all voices are heard.

The members of the consortium are: Adessium Foundation, Stefan Batory Foundation, Bertelsmann Stiftung, European Cultural Foundation, ERSTE Stiftung, Fondation de France, Fritt Ord, King Baudouin Foundation, Körber Stiftung, Luminate, Mott Foundation, Nicolas Puech Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Stiftung Mercator.

More information and their funding opportunities can be found at the Civitates website.