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Citizens for Democracy programme represented during the VII NGO Fair in Warsaw Photographer: Adam Rostkowski

New funding to support integration of refugees in Poland

A call is now open under the Polish NGO programme for short-term project proposals aimed at supporting the integration of new groups of refugees.

Wars and violence in the Middle East and North Africa – particularly in Syria – have driven record numbers of refugees, including many children, to seek safety and asylum in Europe. These refugees face extreme vulnerability. Civil society has a key role to play in raising public awareness of the plight of refugees and encouraging support. NGOs also provide critical services to help refugees integrate into their new communities and in monitoring the human rights situation.

Eligible projects

Projects eligible for support in this latest call under the programme should address one or several of the following issues:

  • Preparation and training of professional staff for work with new groups of refugees
  • Activities to prepare local public institutions and communities for receiving new groups of refugees
  • Preparing material needed for working with new groups of refugees
  • Monitoring and research activities intended to identify existing and potential challenges when preparing the admission of new groups of refugees

The overall budget for this call is €800 000. An estimated 10-15 project grants will be awarded. Maximum duration of projects is four months: from January 2016 until April 2016. Implementation of projects must end no later than 30 April 2016.

Application criteria

  • Grants are available only to groups of Polish NGOs. A group shall consists of minimum three organisations: one lead organisation and two partners
  • The deadline for submitting project proposals is 30 November 2015, 12.00 (noon) CET

Please consult the website of the NGO Fund Operator in Poland, the Stefan Batory Foundation, for all further information and specific requirements of the call.

About the programme

Financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants, the Polish NGO programme ‘Citizens for Democracy’ seeks to strengthen civil society development and enhance its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development. It supports projects in the following areas: public scrutiny, combating discrimination, countering exclusion, empowerment and education for children and youth.

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