Civil Society

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Community Foundation Slagalica
Programme ID:
HR-ACTIVECITIZENS
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€9,060,000
EEA Grants fund:
€8,552,000
Norway Grants fund:
€ 508,000
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 Community Foundation Slagalica (CFS) as the consortium lead in partnership with the Foundation for human rights and solidarity (SOLIDARNA), the Association for civil society development (SMART) and the Centre for information service, co-operation and development of NGOs (CNVOS). 


The programme shall support the objective “Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered” through sevensix open calls for thematic projects with Ad-hoc Action grants, small (two calls), medium and large grants, and one call for sectoral innovation projects and an open call for organisational grants. 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 four country-specific concerns: 


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

  • Outcome 4 (Enhanced capacity and sustainability of CSOs and sector) receives a total allocation of 20% of the regranting funds. Project promoters of medium and large projects supported under outcomes 1-4 will have an obligatory capacity building component of 13% of the awarded grant, with capacity building based on individual organizational needs. Projects supported under this outcome will include activities strengthening networking between CSO and partnerships between CSOs and public institutions; strengthening links and work of CSOs´ with their constituencies; improving legal/fiscal environment for civic activities and/or CSOs; and improving citizen awareness about the role of CSOs in society. Project promoters of small projects will be offered the possibility of using a portion of their grant for capacity building; 
  • An open call for ‘Sectoral innovation grants’ will provide capacity building to the wider CSO sector; 
  • An open call for “Organisational grants” will additionally provide capacity building to CSOs active in two, priority areas of Democracy, active citizenship, good governance and transparency, and Human rights and equal treatment through combating any discrimination on the ground of racial or ethnic origin, religion, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity; 
  • The FO will provide capacity building support to applicants and project promoters, and foster exchange of good practices through regional and bilateral cooperation; 
  • 12 individuals will be selected by open call from among the experienced project promoters, and will be trained by the FO to become mentors for smaller CSOs with less experience, working with vulnerable groups or in underserved geographical areas. 

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

  • Capacity building measures will be implemented by the FO to support project applicants and promoters from under-served areas and target groups, including information sessions, project development workshops and individual coaching. The FO will undertake a mapping of potential applicants/target groups who might require additional support; 
  • At least 50% of all awarded grants will be directed to underserved regions/target groups with additional points to pre-defined underserved regions/target groups. 
  • Re-granting includes two types of grants with special focus on organisations from underserved geographic areas: small grants and medium project grants;
  • A two-stage application procedure is proposed for medium grants, with feedback and support to applicants during the first and second stage.
  • Applicants for small grants will be able to present their idea orally, with feedback and support on how to put this in writing. 

Empowerment and inclusion of vulnerable groups, including Roma 

  • Roma and other vulnerable groups are target groups under all thematic outcomes; 
  • Relevant indicators will be disaggregated by Roma/non-Roma and CSO Roma focus in order to track and measure participation in the programme; 
  • Expert advice and support will be sought in designing support measures to ensure outreach to Roma CSOs; 
  • Additional capacity building activities are planned to support Roma organisations in the project preparation and implementation. Information materials will be prepared and disseminated in minority languages (Romani). 

Promote initiatives strengthening inter-cultural dialogue with special emphasis on national minorities; Promote initiatives aimed at intergenerational cooperation 

  • The FO will map organizations active in the areas of inter-cultural and/or inter-generational cooperation with special emphasis on minority communities such as national minorities, Roma, LGBTIQ and people with disabilities; 
  • Invitations to project-development workshops in preparation for calls for proposals will be targeted to these groups in order to encourage the participation of relevant CSOs; 
  • Project proposals including activities and/or partnerships to promote inter-cultural cooperation and inter-generational dialogue will be awarded extra points in the selection process; 
  • The FO will ensure attention to this special concern throughout implementation of the programme, including in open call texts. 

All five areas of support are supported. 

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

  1. Outcome 1 “Strengthened civil society watchdog/advocacy role” shall be reached through five open calls offering ad-hoc action, small (two calls), medium and large grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1; 
  2. Outcome 2 “Increased support for human rights, rule of law and good governance” shall be reached through five open calls offering ad-hoc action, small (two calls), medium and large grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1; 
  3. Outcome 3 “Strengthen democratic culture and civic awareness” shall be reached through five open calls offering ad-hoc action, small (two calls), 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 organisations and the sector” shall be reached through twoone open call offering sectorial innovation grants and organisational grants as well as through four calls for small (two calls), medium and large grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 

Programme Concerns

Special concern shall be given to activities aimed at the strengthening of intercultural dialogue and intergenerational cooperation.

Bilateral Ambitions

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.