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Call for proposals: NGOs assisting asylum seekers in Greece

NGOs that run reception centres for asylum seekers in Greece but wish to improve or expand them, or NGOs that wish to start new reception centres, can now submit project proposals for EEA funding.

The SOAM Programme - Supporting Organisations that assist migrant asylum seeking population in Greece - is being implemented by the IOM Office in Greece (The International Organization for Migration) with funding from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.

With very few reception centres in Greece many asylum-seekers and unaccompanied minors live in precarious conditions that raise concerns for their safety as well as for public health.

The purpose of this call is to invite proposals from NGOs registered in Greece that run reception centres for vulnerable asylum seekers, especially Unaccompanied minors (UAM) as well as NGOs that wish to run such centres.


  • Deadline submission of proposals: 1 April 2013 by 15.00 (local time).
  • Online standard formats: IOM (Athens) SOAM webpage  
  • Projects are expected to start implementation by July 2013.

Eligible activities

  • Running of reception centres providing accommodation, food and hygiene supplies, legal counselling, medical care, interpretation activities and/or educational services.
  • Activities to increase the capacity of reception centres and/or expand or improve the services they provide.

Expected outcomes

  • Improved quality of reception centers in line with EU Directive laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers and any officially approved Greek standards operating for the running of reception centres
  • Improved quantity of reception centers with special attention to UAM and other vulnerable asylum seekers such as single parent with children and vulnerable women. The applicant NGO shall establish 100 new places in reception centers. 60 of these new places shall be reserved for UAM and 40 for single parent with children. The 60 new places for UAM shall be distributed between no more than two reception centers.

Applications from NGOs proposing the use of facilities outside Attica will score additional points during the selection processed.

Who may apply?

Eligible applicants are non-governmental organisations (NGOs) registered  in Greece that fall within the following definition:  A non-profit voluntary organisation established as a legal entity, having a non-commercial purpose, independent of local, regional and central government, public entities, political parties and commercial organisations. Religious institutions and political parties are not considered NGOs. Social enterprises, foundations, faith-based organisations and the national Red Cross societies are considered eligible NGOs if they fulfil the above principles.

The NGOs must have at least two (2) years of experience working with asylum seekers and providing services such as accommodation, daily care, legal, medical and psycho-social services.

Available funding

Minimum amount: EUR 600.000/ Maximum amount: EUR 2.023.026.

Total available: EUR 4.046.052.

Applicants may request up to 90% of the total eligible costs of the project. The remaining co-financing shall be provided in the form of cash or in kind contribution as voluntary work. In kind contribution may constitute up to 50% of the co-financing required.

For further information please consult the web page of IOM (Athens)/SOAM-programme: