Advocate Europe

Advocate Europe is an annual idea challenge for innovative European initiatives and projects, implemented by MitOst and Liquid Democracy, and funded by Stiftung Mercator.

We are looking for unconventional and transnational proposals which strengthen connection and cohesion in Europe. Advocate Europe aims to reach civil society actors who are looking for start-up funding and support to implement sustainable ideas in the fields of civic education, arts and culture, democracy and participation, social innovation or innovative forms of advocacy. Around 12 winner proposals are funded each programme year with up to 50.000 euros, receive support and mentoring. 

Why an idea challenge?

Europe belongs to us, the citizens. We can determine its direction. We can gladly ignore the skeptics, the populists and the naysayers. But, we need to start now. And we should do it together - beyond established disciplines and conventional schools of thought. We know that we exist from Reykjavik to Ankara, from Lisbon to Helsinki, in cities and in rural areas: individuals and groups who want to effect change and who want to pursue innovative work on Europe. As the initiators of Advocate Europe, we are convinced that a unified Europe is the best option for our continent. Only together can we find solutions to our challenges. We want to strengthen connection, cohesion and agency in Europe. Connection is created when people in Europe feel like Europeans and experience the advantages of our shared community.

Who are we looking for?

Advocate Europe is open to civil society actors from across Europe: no matter if you are a student or a professional; have many years of experience or very few; if you are looking for a challenge and have long been excited about Europe, democracy and the future – or if up until now you’ve only encountered these topics on television and on election day. We are looking for people who want to actively develop the Europe of tomorrow – and who want to start somewhere today.

We are enthusiastic about unusual partnerships that cross geographical, generational, linguistic or cultural boundaries, and about collaborations that connect branches or disciplines that are usually otherwise separate. We are looking for open, curious, enthusiastic and motivated people who are interested in future-oriented work on European integration – people who know that we can only solve our challenges together.

Who is behind Advocate Europe?

The Stiftung Mercator is an independent private foundation. We want to strengthen Europe, improve integration through equal educational opportunities for everyone, drive forward the energy transition as a trigger for global climate change mitigation and firmly anchor cultural education in schools. The foundation feels particularly indebted to the Ruhr region, the home of its founding family and the location of its offices.

The Liquid Democracy Association is a non-profit and non-partisan organisation that works on innovative ideas and projects for democratic participation. The goal is to establish a transparent democratic principle in both the political and social domain based on strengthening the citizens’ participation. The Association is working on ideas and projects that will make our modern democracy more transparent and flexible. The work of the Liquid Democracy Association encompasses both the theoretical conception and the practical implementation of software projects. Further information at


Julia Hoffmann
Programme Coordinator

Franziska Bauer
Programme Officer Communication

Christina Nuhr
Programme Officer
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