Civil society

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Civil Society Development Foundation
Programme ID:
RO-ACTIVECITIZENS
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€46,000,000
EEA Grants fund:
€46,000,000
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 Civil Society Development Foundation (CSDF) in consortium with Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation (REPF), Resource Center for Roma Communities (RCRC), PACT Foundation - Partnership for Community Action and Transformation (PACT) and Frivillighet Norge (FN).  

The programme shall support the objective “civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered” through eleven open calls and two pre-defined projects (PDP). 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 supported through the allocation of €4,330,000 (10.5% of the re-granting funds) to Outcome 4, ‘enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society (organizations and the sector)’, for which three specific capacity building calls will be launched. For projects funded under the three thematic outcomes, project promoters may allocate up to 20% of the project budget to capacity building measures.  In addition, a specific call under Outcome 1 will be launched for projects on policy monitoring, advocacy and watchdog activities. Strategic partnerships between CSOs will also be encouraged.

Further, PDP1 ‘Developing NGO Youth Leadership’ indirectly supports this concern, even if it is budgeted under Outcome 1. PDP2 (to be developed at a later stage) will further support this concern.

  • Improve outreach to under-served geographic areas and target groups shall be ensured through three separate ongoing calls for small grants (€5,000-50,000 reserved for projects in under-served areas and for small CSOs. For these calls a simplified application procedure will apply and during the pre-contracting phase the FO will assist with the full development of the application for selected applicants. It is expected that an estimated 200 projects will fall into this category. Small grants for rapid responses to emerging needs (such as threats to human rights, rule of law, refugee/migrant crises, civil society sector functioning etc.) will be made available under Outcomes 1 and 2.

In addition, a total of 33% of the re-granting funds are allocated to Outcome 3, ‘vulnerable groups are empowered’. The inclusion of actions in or targeting of under-served rural and small urban areas will strengthen applications under this outcome.

  • Minimum 10% re-granting funds for Roma inclusion and empowerment shall be ensured through the earmarking of approximately 6,000,000 (14.5% of the total re-granting amount) for Roma-relevant projects under Outcome 2 ‘CSOs actively defend human rights and promote equal treatment’ and Outcome 3 ‘vulnerable groups are empowered’.

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

Outcome 1 “Strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness”, shall be reached through three open calls; one separate ongoing call for small grants which includes an allocation for rapid responses to emerging needs, one call for medium grants, and one call for medium, large and institutional grants, the details of which are specified in section 4. PDP1 shall be undertaken by CSDF as project promoter, and RCRC and FN as project partner and donor project partner respectively;

Outcome 2 “CSOs actively defend human rights and promote equal treatment“ shall be reached through two open calls; one separate ongoing call for small grants which includes an allocation for rapid responses to emerging needs and one call for medium, large and institutional grants, the details of which are specified in in section 4.1;

Outcome 3 “Vulnerable groups are empowered” shall be reached through three open calls; one separate ongoing call for small grants and two calls for medium and large grants, the details of which are specified in section 4.1;

Outcome 4 “Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society (organisations and the sector)” shall be reached through three open calls; one call for projects helping CSOs to diversify their funding sources, one call to provide strategic support mainly to underserved CSOs in their efforts to develop their sustainability and increase their efficiency (in areas such as transparent and accountable governance, effective management, strategic communication, fund development, etc.), and one call for projects aiming at increasing the awareness and visibility of the Romanian civil society sector, the details of which are specified in section 4.1.

Pre-defined project “Developing Youth NGO Leadership” (PDP1) shall contribute to Outcome 1, in particular Output 1.3 (“youth engagement in civic and human rights activities supported”), and indirectly to Outcome 4. The project aims at educating and equipping future leaders of the Romanian civil society sector and addressing the current deficiency of young leadership. Three cohorts of 25 participants each will take part in a one-year training programme, after the completion of which their acquired skills and knowledge will be transferred to others in local networks. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis, but with a strategic preference for applicants from certain under-served regions. The specifics of this project are stipulated in section 4.4.

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