Civil Society

Key facts

Programme Operator:
CNVOS – Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs
Programme ID:
SI-ACTIVECITIZENS
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€3,000,000
EEA Grants fund:
€3,000,000
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 CNVOS – Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs in partnership with Institute PIP – Legal and Information Centre Maribor and DRPD NM – The Society for the Advancement of Voluntary Work Novo Mesto.

The programme shall support the objective “Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered” through four open calls, including one call for small grants, one call for medium and large grants; one call for organisational grants1 and one call for micro grants (quick response fund). 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:

  1. an allocation of 27% of the total re-granting amount to Outcome 4 (Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society organisations and sector), including a call for organisational grants aimed at achieving long-term and systemic changes in advocacy and watchdog organisations
  2. medium and large projects across the first three outcomes will allocate 10-15% of their budget to capacity building activities based on individual assessments of organisational capacity
  3. offering capacity building support in project preparation for potential applicants

Improve outreach to under-served geographic areas and target groups shall be ensured through extensive outreach and support to project applicants and promoters located outside metropolitan areas; and a two-stage application procedure for small, medium and large grants with individual counselling for applicants during the second stage.

Empowerment and inclusion of vulnerable groups, including Roma and migrants shall be ensured through an allocation of 16% of re-granting funds to Outcome 3 (Vulnerable groups are empowered); capacity building measures for CSOs focusing on participatory methods for involving vulnerable groups in advocacy, awareness raising and addressing the needs of their communities; and disaggregation of indicators by Roma/non-Roma (individuals/CSOs) across relevant outcomes and outputs.

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

  1. Outcome 1 “Strengthened civil society watchdog/advocacy role”, shall be reached through three open calls offering micro, small, medium and large grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;
  2. Outcome 2 “Increased support for civic education and human rights” shall be reached through three open calls offering micro, small, 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 three open calls offering micro, small, 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 sector” shall be reached through two open calls, offering medium and large grants and organisational grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1.
  1. Organisational grants are capacity building grants with a longer time perspective (3 years), requiring CSOs to implement a clearly defined strategic plan, contributing to both organisational development as well as outputs in the programme’s results framework.

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