Civil Society

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Open Estonia Foundation
Programme ID:
EE-ACTIVECITIZENS
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€4,000,000
EEA Grants fund:
€4,000,000
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 Estonia Foundation (OEF), in consortium with Network of Estonian Non-profit Organisations (NENO).

The programme shall support the objective “Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered” through five open calls, including three calls for small grants, two calls for medium and large grants; and one pre-defined project, which shall be implemented by the FO. These programme modalities are detailed further below and in section 4 of this Annex.

The programme shall cover the following five areas of support:

  • Democracy, active citizenship, good governance and transparency
  • 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
  • Social justice and inclusion of vulnerable groups
  • Gender equality and gender-based violence
  • Environment and climate change

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 26% of the total re-granting amount to Outcome 4 (Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society)

b. measures that strengthen CSOs’ advocacy and watchdog capacity are eligible across all Outcomes

c. offering capacity building support in project preparation for potential applicants

d. a pre-defined project (Future Leaders of Estonian Civil Society), comprising a leadership programme for CSO activists in order to build a sustainable supply of skilled leadership for Estonian CSOs.

 

Improve outreach to under-served geographic areas and target groups shall be ensured through extensive outreach and support to project applicants and promoters in rural areas, including dedicated measures to reach out to Russian-speaking groups.

 

Focus on inter-cultural understanding with special emphasis on integration of national minorities shall be ensured through capacity building measures for Russian-speaking groups; additional scores in the evaluation process for joint projects between majority and minority organisations and engagement of national minorities; and disaggregation of indicators by mother tongue across all relevant outcomes and outputs.

 

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

 

1. Outcome 1 “Strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness”, shall be reached through two open calls, both of which shall offer medium and large grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;

 

2. Outcome 2 “Increased support for human rights and equal treatment” shall be reached through two open calls, both of which shall offer medium and large grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;

 

3. Outcome 3 “Vulnerable groups empowered” shall be reached through two open calls, both of which shall offer medium and large grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;

 

4. Outcome 4 “Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society” shall be reached through three open calls, all offering small grants, and one pre-defined project (PDP 1), the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1

 

Pre-defined project ‘Future Leaders of Estonian Civil Society’ (PDP 1) shall contribute to Outcome 4 (Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society) and to the programme area specific on youth inclusion. It shall address the lack of a sustainable supply of skilled leadership for Estonian CSOs by supporting approximately 20 new civil society leaders with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to take on the responsibility of leading a CSO. The specifics of this project are stipulated in section 4.4.

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