Date of approval:
Open Estonia Foundation
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Norway Grants fund:
Currently available funding
There are currently no calls for proposal.
Programme SummaryWhy is the programme needed? Despite the growing number of registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Estonia (about 32 000, according to the 2010 USAID Development Index), the Estonian civil society experiences considerable challenges in promoting active citizenship, participatory democracy and targeting the needs of and empowering minorities. At the same time it is worth noting that the past fifteen years have brought considerable changes in the social, political and economic landscape of Estonia. Among Eastern European countries, Estonia has been referred to as a success story characterised by a rapid democratic transition. What will the programme achieve? In order to meet the abovementioned challenges, the programme focuses on support to NGO capacity building, the promotion of democratic values including human rights and the development of advocacy and watchdog role as well as developing social services with focus on activities targeting children and youth. Moreover, support to multicultural dialogue and the integration of national minorities is prioritised. The Programme will tackle horizontal concerns such as: hate speech, extremism, racism and xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, tolerance/multicultural understanding, Roma, sexual harassment, violence against women and trafficking. How will it be achieved?
- Funding is made available through five open calls: two open calls for projects fostering advocacy and addressing issues of democratic values and three open calls for small capacity building projects.
- A pre-defined capacity-building project „Development programme for public benefit NGOs“ is also included adding value to the Programme through specific capacity building measures.
- Under democratic values and advocacy development, supported measures may include network projects, encouraging coalitions of NGOs to work in cooperation or large-scale projects, focusing on advocacy and watchdog roles of NGOs. Under capacity-building measures, there will be specific support to minority NGOs, as well as service provision NGOs.