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Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme

About the programme

The objective of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme is to protect and promote rights and values as enshrined in the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. In particular, by supporting civil society organisations active at local, regional, national and transnational level.

It aims to sustain and develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law. That includes a vibrant and empowered civil society, encouraging people's democratic, civic and social participation and cultivating the rich diversity of European society, based on our common values, history and memory.

The programme is based on four strands:

  1. Equality, Rights and Gender Equality - promoting rights, non-discrimination, equality (including gender equality), and advancing gender and non-discrimination mainstreaming
  2. Citizens' engagement and participation - promoting citizens engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union, exchanges between citizens of different Member States, and raising awareness of the common European history
  3. Daphne - fight violence, including gender-based violence
  4. Union values - protect and promote Union values

Together with the Justice programme, the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme forms the Justice, Rights and Values Fund.

Programme website

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposal

Open and upcoming calls for proposal under Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values.

Funded projects and results

Budget and performance

Includes performance highlights, key performance indicators, and the performance framework and assessment.

Programme performance webpage

Programme features

Programme duration


Lead Directorate-General
Predecessor programme

Rights, Equality and Citizenship; Europe for Citizens

Management mode

Direct and indirect management

MFF heading

Cohesion, Resilience and Values


Investing in People, Social Cohesion and Values

Climate contribution

No target set in the legal basis ()

Total budget 2021-2027

€ 1.56 billion () (current prices)

Relevant regulation