Fund for Non-Governmental Organisations

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ekopolis Foundation
Programme ID:
SK-ACTIVECITIZENS
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€9,750,000
EEA Grants fund:
€9,750,000
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 Ekopolis Foundation (EF) in partnership with Open Society Foundation (OSF) and Carpathian Foundation (CF).

The programme shall support the objective “Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered” through 17 open calls, including a call for project promoter of one predefined project and one call within the Bilateral Fund; and three pre-defined projects, two of 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:

  • Improve outreach to under-served geographic areas and target groups shall be ensured through two pre-defined projects: PDP 21 ‘Young Community Leaders’ and PDP 3 ‘Capacity building for CSOs2 in under-served areas and target groups’; and flexible grant sizes (micro and small grants).
  • Empowerment and inclusion of minorities including Roma shall be ensured through 19% of re-granting funds allocated to Outcome 4 ‘Vulnerable groups empowered’ that shall focus on Roma as one of the main target groups; PDP 3 ‘Capacity building for CSOs in under-served areas and target groups’; and a focus on Roma empowerment and inclusion in Regional Civil Society Initiatives.

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, three of which shall offer medium sized grants, and one ongoing call for a Micro Grants Fund (MGF); and one call for Project Promoter of PDP 2, 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 three open calls, two of which shall offer medium and strategic grants and one which shall offer medium sized grants only, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;
  3. Outcome 3 “Increased support for human rights and civic education” shall be reached through a pre-defined project (PDP 1); and two open calls, one offering medium sized grants and one offering both medium and strategic grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;
  4. Outcome 4 “Vulnerable groups empowered” shall be reached through three open calls, one offering only small grants and two offering both medium and small grants, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;
  5. Outcome 5 “Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society” shall be reached through a pre-defined project (PDP 3); and three open calls, two offering both medium and strategic grants and one offering medium grants only, the specific details of which are specified in section 4.1;

Pre-defined project “In defence of open society - targeting youth within online and school environment” (PDP 1) shall contribute to Outcome 3, promoting democratic values, human rights and civic education by addressing the proliferation of hate speech, extremist views, xenophobia and fake news in the public domain, particularly in schools. It shall be implemented through two components. The first is the establishment of a joint platform for coordinating civil society, media and other stakeholders’ efforts to identify, monitor, share information and build capacity to counter hate speech, fake news and anti-democratic propaganda, and to raise public awareness of the need for critical thinking vis-à-vis sources of news (particularly the internet). The second component, the ‘Open Schools Programme’, shall provide support to CSOs engaging in civic and human rights education at schools, by delivering trainings for youth volunteers and teachers in methods supporting democratic debate and critical thinking. The specifics of this project are stipulated in section 4.4.

Pre-defined project “Young Community Leaders” (PDP 2) shall contribute to Outcome 1 and the programme area specific of supporting youth inclusion through addressing the lack of opportunities for young people, particularly those at risk, to engage constructively with their communities and acquire inter-personal and professional skills that can improve their social inclusion, confidence and prospects. The specifics of this project are stipulated in section 4.4.

Pre-defined project “Capacity building for CSOs in under-served areas and target groups” (PDP 3) shall contribute to Outcome 5 by providing capacity building support to smaller and less developed CSOs operating in under-served regions, as well as CSOs active in advocacy work, and CSOs aiming to diversify their funding sources, with a focus on the CSOs operating in disadvantaged regions. The specifics of this project are stipulated in section 4.4.

  1. See section 4.4 and below.
  2. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Bilateral Ambitions