Civil Society

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Open Society Fund Prague
Programme ID:
CZ-ACTIVECITIZENS
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€15,250,000
EEA Grants fund:
€15,250,000
Programme areas:

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary

Objective

Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered

Programme summary

The FO is the Open Society Fund Prague (OSF Prague) in consortium with the Committee of Good Will – Olga Havel Foundation (VDV) and the Czech Scouting Institute (SI).

 

The programme shall support the objective “civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered” through open calls. These programme modalities are detailed further below and in section 4 of this Annex.

 

The programme shall cover the following five areas of support (PA):

* Democracy, active citizenship, good governance and transparency (PA 1)

* Human rights and equal treatment through combating any discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity (PA 2)

* Social justice and inclusion of vulnerable groups (PA 3)

* Gender equality and gender-based violence (PA 4)

* Environment and climate change (PA 5)

 

The programme shall address the country-specific concerns:

 

Strengthen the capacity and sustainability of the civil society sector shall be ensured through the following actions:

a. An allocation of a minimum of 19% of the total re-granting amount towards strengthening the capacity and sustainability of the civil society sector and individual organisations. This includes allocation to Outcome 5 as well as capacity building component for all mid-sized and strategic projects supported under Outcomes 1-4.

b. Measures under regranting that encourage partnerships between CSOs and public institutions, improve understanding of CSO work and strengthen links to CSO constituencies and informal groups.

c. Two pre-defined projects supporting CSO capacity building.

d. Support for organisations preparing and implementing projects.

 

Improve outreach to under-served geographic areas and target groups shall be ensured through the following actions:

a. A specific communication strategy and active outreach to CSOs all over the country as well as a user-friendly and simple application process.

b. Promotion of innovative or improved methods and activities to reach out to under-served regions and to unaddressed target groups as a programme priority. Extra points in the evaluation of the project application might be considered.

c. Extensive support by the FO for less experienced project applicants/promoters. If deemed necessary to achieve the targets of this country-specific concern, specific calls limited to underserved territories shall be considered.

 

Empowerment and inclusion of vulnerable groups, including Roma shall be ensured through the following actions:

a. An allocation of approximately 20% of the total re-granting amount to Outcome 3 (Vulnerable groups are empowered).

b. The call texts will emphasize as a priority inclusion of vulnerable groups and minorities including Roma.

c. A meeting of Roma organisations will be organised to generate interest in the programme and encourage applications from the Roma organisations.

d. Pre-defined project on “Capacity building for CSOs in advocacy work” will address members of vulnerable groups with the aim of strengthen their skills in advocacy work to be able to advocate better for their interest and to increase the impact of their efforts to institute systemic change.

 

Programme re-granting funds shall be provided through five outcomes:

1. Outcome 1 “Increased citizen participation in civic activities” shall be reached through four open calls, two of which shall offer mid-sized grants, one offering “matching” grants, one ongoing call for rapid action grants; and one pre-defined project (PDP1), the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;

 

2. Outcome 2 “Strengthened civil society advocacy and watchdog role” shall be reached through four open calls, one of which shall offer strategic grants, two offering mid-sized grants and one ongoing call for rapid action grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;

 

3. Outcome 3 “Vulnerable groups are empowered” shall be reached through four open calls, one of which shall offer strategic grants, two offering mid-sized grants and one ongoing call for rapid action grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;

 

4. Outcome 4 “Increased support for civic education and media literacy” shall be reached through three open calls, one of which shall offer strategic grants and two offering mid-sized grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;

 

5. Outcome 5 “Increased capacity and sustainability of civil society sector and individual CSOs” shall be reached through three open calls, two of which shall offer mid-sized grants, one ongoing call for rapid action grants; and one pre-defined project (PDP2), the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1.

 

Pre-defined project “Increased youth participation in civic activities” (PDP1) shall contribute to Outcome 1 (Increased citizen participation in civic activities) and to the programme area specific on youth inclusion. It addresses the relative lack of involvement of Czech youth in public affairs, and the need to overcome barriers to participation and to awaken interest. The project will provide strategic support, mentoring and encouragement to potential future leaders of the CSO sector and to youth project initiatives, thus indirectly contributing to Outcome 4 (Increased support for civic education and media literacy) and to

Outcome 5 (Increased capacity and sustainability of civil society sector and individual CSOs). The specifics of this project are stipulated in section 4.4.

 

Pre-defined project “Capacity building for CSOs in advocacy work” (PDP2) shall contribute to Outcome 5 (Increased capacity and sustainability of civil society sector and individual CSOs) and aims at strengthening CSOs’ skills and ability to advocate for public interests and increasing the impact of their efforts to institute systemic change. The project will provide methodological and strategic tailor-made support and consultation on advocacy work; encouragement of interconnection and networking between CSOs; and support of the sustainability of advocacy work. It therefore also contributes to Outcome 2 (Strengthened civil society advocacy and watchdog role) and to Outcome 3 (Vulnerable groups are empowered). The specifics of this project are stipulated in section 4.4.

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