In response to the war: Emergency session of the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria


The Fund Operator of the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria program starts a call for project proposals of civil society organizations (CSOs). The current emergency session of the Small Initiatives Scheme is announced in response to the changed environment and the challenges posed by the war in Ukraine. The call will support projects of Bulgarian civil society organizations, contributing to overcoming the negative effects of the war for the most vulnerable groups, including refugees and migrants (regardless of their ethnic origin), to counteracting misinformation and overcoming information inequality, as well as capacity building and partnerships and the formulation of sustainable policies in a changing European context. Projects can be implemented in partnership.

The supported projects should be in line with one of the following thematic priorities of the program (outcomes): Strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness; Increased support for human rights; Vulnerable groups are empowered; Increased civic engagement in environmental protection/climate change; Enhanced capacity and sustainability of the civil society sector including CSOs.

The call will support projects of CSOs (non-for-profit legal entities) with duration of 2 to 12 months and a grant amount of 2,000 to 25,000 euros.

The deadline for submission of project proposals is 18 April 2022, 5.00 pm (EET).

The total available indicative budget for awarding grants for projects under the call is € 613,560.

Funding for the emergency session is provided by the donor countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021. Fund Operator of the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria program is Foundation Open Society Institute – Sofia in partnership with the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation and the Trust for Social Alternative Foundation.

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