Funders and Partners

CitizensLab e.V. has become a registered NGO in November 2020, in Berlin, Germany. CitizensLab e.V. is open to new collaborations and partnerships. From 2016 until 2018 CitizensLab has been implemented by MitOst e.V. supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator, and European Cultural Foundation.


MitOst e.V.  was the implementing partner of the CitizensLab in its inception phase from 2016 until 2018.

MitOst is an international non-profit NGO based in Berlin that promotes cultural exchange and active citizenship in Europe and its neighbouring regions, with a focus on Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe. MitOst organises international programmes and projects and serves as a platform for new forms of social engagement to support an active civil society, regardless of cultural, linguistic, and political limitations. With 1,400 members in 40 countries and various partners, MitOst is part of a dynamic European Network.


Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of Europe’s largest foundations associated with a private company. In its charitable work, it addresses social issues at an early stage and develops exemplary solutions. To this purpose, it develops and implements its own projects. Additionally, it supports third-party initiatives that have similar goals. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, science, society, education, and international relations. Moreover, in the coming years, the Foundation will increasingly direct its activities on three focus areas: Migration, Integration, and Inclusion; Social Cohesion in Germany and Europe; Sustainable Living Spaces. Since it was established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested more than 1.4 billion euros in charitable work.

Partners during the Pilot Phase

Stiftung Mercator

Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. In this context it concentrates on strengthening Europe; increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those of migrant origin; driving forward climate change mitigation and promoting science and the humanities. Stiftung Mercator symbolizes the connection between academic expertise and practical project experience. One of Germany’s leading foundations, it is active both nationally and internationally. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.


European Cultural Foundation (ECF)

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) bridges people and democratic institutions by connecting local cultural change-makers and communities across Europe. For 60 years, the foundation has been striving towards an open, democratic and inclusive Europe in which culture is a valued and key contributor. Informed by research and reflection, the foundation’s current focus is Connecting Culture, Communities and Democracy.

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