About us

Our vision is an advanced civil society with citizens realizing their responsibility for societal development and environmental issues. A society with citizens who are interested in participating in public policy, have courage to adopt a critical stance and care about avoiding detriment to future generations.

The Ekopolis Foundation has been managing open grant programs focused on democracy and nature conservation for 28 years to date. Since 1991, we have supported 3234 projects in amount more than 20 Mil. EUR. In 2019 we supported 75 projects with the sum of 594 918,75 €. However, we realise that the true value and contribution of these projects to people and our environment is priceless.

We offer innovative programs, ideas and open up-todate issues. Open grant programs, in which projects win support in an open competition, are our main tool.

We were the first Slovak foundation that has started to build its own long-term assets (endowment) systematically and elaborated a policy on conflict of interest. The foundation endeavors to become a stable and transparent financial source for active citizens and as well as a reliable partner of municipalities, public administration, business partners and foreign donors.

Our Actual Programmes and Projects

  • Active Citizens Fund
  • Biodiversity to Schools
  • Competition For water
  • Cyclists Welcome!
  • DaRe to Connect
  • Ecology of Mountain Cottages
  • For Water Competition – Nestlé Slovensko, a.s.
  • Good Neighbour
  • Green Belt Program – Slovnaft, a.s.
  • Greenways (www.greenways.sk)
  • Kelt Helps Nature
  • Let’s Bike
  • LIFE – BOOGI BOP
  • Living Trails
  • Partnership for Sustainable Water Management
  • Programme of Development of the Roma communities
  • Project  Protection of biodiversity in Veolia Slovakia areas / Veolia
  • Reclaim our Civil Space!
  • Tree of the Year inquiry – Slovenská sporiteľňa Foundation, Dajama publishing house, Artforum – bookshop, A.B.I.E.S gardening, ISA Slovensko

International Relations

The Ekopolis Foundation is a member of the international association Environmental Partnership Association joining foundations in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

The foundation is a member of the European Greenways Association that is devoted to the environmentally friendly traffic development in Europe.

Since May 2010 we are the member of European Cyclists Federation (http://www.ecf.com/).

CEE Trust (www.ceetrust.org) and C.S.Mott Foundation (http://www.mott.org/) have been our main foreign supporters for many years.

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