Civil Match is an interactive matchmaking project focusing on cross-border cooperation for NGOs in Eastern Partnership countries, Germany, France, Poland, and Russia
It provides extensive networking opportunities for civil-society actors to find international partners, generate new ideas for impact, connect with donor organizations, and also get ready to apply for the Federal Foreign Office funding.
Why Civil Match
build long-term international partnerships
get connected with donor organizations that support cross-border projects
learn the latest trends in civil society development
discover successful cases of international cooperation for impact
Civil Match is all around cooperation! We are looking for passionate activists, who have great ideas on how to create strong connections and innovative project concepts in four main areas.
Pluralism and Media
Projects that seek to support freedom of expression and ensure that independent journalism and free media remain key drivers for a democratic development of society
Culture and Values
Projects that are dedicated to the values of civil society by promoting innovative ideas to support cultural interaction and exchange of intellectual ideas
Education and Training
Projects that focus on education and skills development, particularly by creating training opportunities based on principles such as inclusivity and active learning for all
Conflict Resolution
Projects that reinforce dialogue in original ways in order to foster reconciliation in areas affected by territorial conflicts and ethnic tensions
Who we are looking for
Civil-society actors who are working on the development of civil society and support democratic values with a focus on media, culture, peace, and education from Germany, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and France.
Including public-service broadcasters
Institutions of Higher Education
Youth Associations
Culture Professionals
Other Officially Registered Non-Governmental Organizations
We accept a maximum of four representatives from an organization to join Civil Match in July, 1-3rd
Registration open
till June, 29th
Local Civil Match
Germany — 22nd June
Moldova — 23rd June
Poland — 24th June
Armenia — 25th June
Pre-Matching Stage and Meeting your Country Representative
till June, 25th
Civil Match
1-3rd July
Register Match to Win Cooperation Grant
till 9 pm, July, 2nd
July, 3rd
Apply to Civil Match Forum
September, 22-26th
Agenda for Civil Match 2021
July, 1st
Timezone: EEST (Kyiv time) GMT+3
15.00 – 15.30
Official Opening and Key Talk
15.30 – 15.40
Networking: Mapping your NGO
15.40 – 16.20
Country Pitches and Expo Area Presentation
16:15 – 16:30
Music Break
16.30 – 17.15
Reality Check:
The State of the Media in EaP countries. Cases and stories
17.15 – 17.25
Resources and solutions for media projects
17.25 – 17:40
Matching sessions and mapping ideas for the international media projects
17:35 – 17:50
Speed networking: Media
July, 2nd
Timezone: EEST (Kyiv time) GMT+3
13:00 – 13:10
Opening and instructions
13.10 – 13.55
Reality check:
Education and training in EaP countries, international cooperation cases
13.55 – 14.05
Resources and solutions for educational projects
14.05 – 14.20
Matching sessions and mapping ideas for international educational projects
14.20 – 14.35
Speed networking:
Education and Training
14:45 – 15:30
Reality check:
Culture and Values in EaP countries, international cooperation cases
15:30 – 15:40
Resources and solutions for cultural projects
15:40 – 15:55
Matching sessions and mapping ideas for international cultural projects
15:55 – 16:10
Speed Networking: Culture
16:20 – 17:05
Reality check:
Conflict resolution, international cooperation cases
17:05 – 17:15
Resources and solutions for conflict resolution projects
17:15 – 17:30
Matching sessions and mapping ideas for conflict resolution projects
17:30 – 17:45
Speed networking: Conflict Resolution
18:00 – 18:25
Q&A on How to create a pitch. Expo Area Open
July, 3rd
Timezone: EEST (Kyiv time) GMT+3
Deadline for the Match Application
13.10 – 13.55
Evaluation Process
17.00 – 18.30
Fair of grants: Presentations from donor organizations and funds
18.30 – 19.00
Awards and official closing
19.00 – 20.00
Online party:
Music and Non-formal networking
Cooperation Grants
1 000 EUR each
Access the master class series "Excel and Elevate" of EENCE & apply to become a trainer of the classes (paid service)
Get consultation of
Goethe-Institut on how to write an application to the FFO programme
Finals and Cooperation Prizes
Three consultations to digitize your NGO provided by Digitizing.Space
Three consultations provided by Insha Osvita
Increase your chances to take part in the Civil Match Forum
Evaluation Criteria
Civil Match ultimate outcome is to connect like-minded organisations and facilitate cooperation internationally. In order to compete for Cooperation Grant and other prizes from the partners, the matched organizations should fit the following criteria:

The partnership is in-line with one of four priorities: media, conflict resolution, education, culture
The project idea is innovative and meaningful to create an effective cross-border cooperation
There is a clear added value in terms of international cooperation
There is a clear understanding on how the cooperation prize can be used to boost the match
One prize is reserved for a match that includes at least one partner from Germany and one from the 6 Eastern Partnership countries and Russia
Checklist to Participate
Fill and send your application.
Create a match with at least one (or better more) organization from other countries. Engage with them, create your network and develop ideas together. Remember: your project should focus on quality, not on quantity!
Make a short video statement
Record a short video (2 minutes max) with your new partners on Zoom or other platforms.
In this video you should explain:
1) Why your match is unique and impactful,
2) What your potential projects ideas are,
3) How you plan to use the Cooperation Prize to boost the partnership.

Don't forget that there should be representatives of all organizations that match in the video!
Be original!
Remember that you can register a maximum of 4 matches with videos (one per track and each of them has to present a separate idea).

We really value original ideas: avoid repetitive projects and double-crossing cases.
Meet the deadline
You should meet the DEADLINE for Match Registration which is June, 29th, 9:30 am EEST (Kyiv time).
Country Representatives
Country Representatives are ambassadors from the 10 countries of Civil Match. They are motivated to help you with finding the best partner matches for your project. Get in touch with the national ambassador from your own country and explain to her/him your project ideas! They can give you a few tips on how to improve your proposal.
Civil Match 2020
Back in 2020, we were a catalyst for new, unexpected collaborations and project ideas, bringing together 612 NGOs and 1100+ society leaders from 10 countries. Watch and join for the 2021 edition.
This was an amazing event! It was the first time that I attended an online networking conference and I was positively surprised how well it went and how cool it was! Thank you so much for organizing and enable us to meet so many new and interesting partners! Martin Thalhammer and CETF-Team.
It was a fantastic event which made it possible to have contacts with associations that have the same goal of ours. I have a lot of admiration for this unique organization to my knowledge.
We had a lot of fun networking around, good job ♡
It was a great experience, I was surprised how well it all worked - with so many people. Great idea and even better realization
Civil Match is a program initiated by Goethe-Institut Ukraine. It is a cooperation project among Goethe-Institut, Digitizing.Space, Insha Osvita, and the Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education. Funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
Media Partners
Who can submit an eligible project proposal?
Only members and activists of civil society organizations from Germany, France, Poland, the Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) or Russia.

Typical applicants include media, associations, foundations (including political foundations), institutions of higher education, youth associations, culture professionals, and other non-governmental organizations. Public-service broadcasters are also regarded as part of civil society.

Organizations from Poland and France must be NGOs only (no cultural institutions, universities, or foundations).
Can business or government organizations apply?
In exceptional circumstances, applicants involved in government or business can be regarded as part of civil society. However, their applications will be considered valid only in case local conditions do not allow civil-society to exist.

Also, applicants from government or business will be asked to provide clear and sufficient evidence that their status won't interfere with the scope and values of Civil Match.
Who can not participate?
Organizations will not be allowed to participate in case they promote a cult of violence and cruelty, engage in racial, national, sexual or religious intolerance and discrimination.

Also, any organizations engaged in promoting activities that reinforce gender stereotypes or other forms of stereotypes that undermine the honor and dignity of any social groups or individuals will be excluded from Civil Match.
What areas of civil society the applicants should come from?
The priority areas for the 2021 edition are
1) Pluralism and media;
2) Conflict resolution;
3) Education and training;
4) Culture and values.
How many people from a civil-society organization can participate?
There should be no more than four persons from one organization, and no more than one person in each track. So that you can have chances to collaborate with at least four other international NGOs.
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When can I apply, and what should I do after it?
We invite you to apply as soon as possible. Once your application is submitted and approved, you will be contacted by a national representative who is going to be in charge of identifying the best possible matches for you before the final event.

Please, remember that last-minute applications will have less exposure and fewer chances to find quality matches.
Who is a national representative?
A national representative is a member of the Civil Match team in charge of setting up the matches in your own country. Her/His role is to help you find the best match for you and your organization before the final event in July. Get in touch with her/him to explain and discuss your project ideas!
My English is not very good. Should I still apply?
English is the official language of Civil Match and you are expected to have good skills if you want to get the best out of it.

But people won't judge you for your mistakes or pronunciation. If you have a good project's idea, we encourage you to apply!
What is Civil Match Forum and when it will take place?
Civil Forum is the final 4-days online event of Civil Match. It is a great opportunity to develop further cross-border projects. This year's Civil Forum will take place on 22-26 September 2021.
Can I take part in Civil Match Forum if I don't participate in Civil Match?
You can take part in the Civil Match Forum in September even if you did not attend Civil Match in July. However, your chances to develop your project's ideas are significantly higher if you first get acquainted with all the details and get involved in Civil Match.
How to successfully play a part in Civil Match?
Just engage with other participants, be active and have fun. To get the best out of your Civil Match Experience, you should be ready to network, have a catchy pitch and be proactive with your ideas. Nothing else is needed to enjoy this experience.
How the networking activity will be organized?
Civil Match is an online event held on the platform Hopin. After you send the application and get approved for participation, you will receive a detailed guide on how to use it.

The networking will be organized in different virtual areas:

Reception Area with a complete overview of the agenda

Main Stage where the Civil Match Speakers will be hosting presentations

Sessions Area with all the workshops, roundtables, and hangout sessions

You can connect with other event participants 1-on-1 in the Networking Area

In the Expo Area, you can find virtual booths hosted by the Country Representatives and Donors.

If you are not registered yet.

Do it as soon as possible so that your Country Representative has more time to organize everything needed for your best cross border match and further collaboration.

If your application is already approved.

The first thing you do is whitelist an email address of, so you will receive all the instructions and confirmation details in time. You can also write to your national representative.
I still have some questions. What should I do?
If you have any further questions, we will be happy to help you. Please contact us by

If you experience any technical difficulties using Hopin, please contact
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