Call for Open Door Grants. Support to Civil Society


In cooperation with Swedish International Development Agency, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) announces an Open door grants competition for the civil society within the frameworks of “Civil Society Support for Ensuring Impact on Reforms” (CS Support) project.

The post-revolutionary situation, Covid-19 pandemic and the 44-day war have had a significant impact on Armenian civil society, raising new issues, needs and priorities, as well as discovering new areas and tools to work with. In order to reorganize, implement and generate projects effectively in the new reality, Armenian civil society needs to develop its capacities and enrich its financial resources.

The Open door grants competition entails a wide range of thematic areas, activities and tools. EPF welcomes projects addressing the issues of human rights, gender equality, anti-discrimination and violence, environmental issues, urban planning and development, anti-corruption, conflict of interest and other projects that promote public awareness and target current needs and priorities.

The grant scheme stresses actions and activities that include public awareness, participation, policy development, advocacy, participatory planning, and monitoring. All in all, the most crucial aspect of the call is to develop and test new ideas. The above-mentioned thematic priorities and types of activities should be considered as examples.

EPF is ready to support other field-oriented projects, only if they contribute to the effective implementation of civil society activities in the post-revolutionary, post-pandemic and post-war situation.

Regardless of the field and the thematic direction of the proposal, the methodology of the project should take into account the following core approaches: respect for human rights, gender equality and sensitivity to the environment.


Eligibility criteria and necessary documents

  • CSOs that are registered and operate in the RA are eligible to apply.
  • The amount of a grant ranges from 5,000,000 to 10,000,000 AMD.
  • The applying organization is expected to share the 10% of project costs either financially or with other means.
  • The duration for the implementation of the project is up to 8 months. During the implementation of the project, EPF staff members will accompany the grantees
  • The Open door grants call has no deadline and is available for interested applicants until further notice.


Evaluation Criteria

Submitted applications are accepted in a simplified version. An independent committee will evaluate them according to the following criteria:





Relevance of the project






Compliance with the objectives and priorities of the "CS Support” project



Budget compliance with the proposed project









Under the supervision of EPF, co-creation sessions will be conducetd for the representatives of the approved projects, in order to prepare the final package of the proposals.


In order to participate in the program, applicants must complete concept note form and enclose copies of the documents mentioned in the application by sending the electronic package to EPF at [email protected], mentioning "CS support_open door" in the subject line and the short title of the project.

For further details, please contact Julya Sahakyan, Project manager at EPF, by calling (+37491) 37 43 20 or sending an e-mail to [email protected].


This competition is organized within the Eurasia Partnership Foundation “Civil Society Support for Ensuring Impact on Reforms” project with the support of Swedish Government. 


The text was created on March 18, 2021

The text was translated on July 8, 2021