Civil Society Fund for Roma Integration

Deadline: 25 July 2016
Open to: coalitions must demonstrate Roma leadership or partnership with a Roma organization and Projects must take place in the eligible countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey
Grants: RIO will provide only one grant in each of the countries covered

Description

The Roma Initiatives Office invites Roma-led national coalitions and networks (formal or informal) among Roma and pro-Roma organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey to apply for support for national-level monitoring and advocacy aimed at ensuring that Roma-specific targets are included in major policy reforms and national budgets.

The Civil Society Fund for Roma Integration 2020 will provide support to civil society networks and coalitions to contribute to the fulfillment of the commitments made by national governments within Roma Integration 2020. The expected role of civil society is similar to the watchdog role it played in the Decade of Roma Inclusion. However, there are notable differences

Roma Integration 2020 is not intended to integrate Roma communities but rather to assist national governments with integrating Roma-specific policy measures into: (1) mainstream socioeconomic policies and public service delivery; and (2) national budget planning and service delivery processes.

Eligibility

Applicant organizations must fulfill the following criteria:

  • The Roma Initiatives Office will provide only one grant in each of the countries covered. National coalitions are expected to develop projects that take into consideration national contexts and policy priorities, and to work within the structure of the overall aims and objectives of Roma Integration 2020. Coalitions must demonstrate a commitment to Roma inclusion and be democratic and transparent;
  • Coalitions must demonstrate Roma leadership or partnership with a Roma organization on an equal footing in all phases of the project. Roma should also benefit from the policy change targeted by the project;
  • Coalitions must include at least one partner with a strong track record in budgetary processes, including budget planning and monitoring of spending at the national and local levels;
  • Coalitions must demonstrate that they work through broad and diverse membership bases. They are expected to demonstrate substantial involvement of Roma women and youth in project management and activities as well as geographic coverage that is as wide as possible;
  • Projects must take place in the eligible countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey.

Grant

The initial project timeline is 12 months. However, applicants need to design projects with a three-year horizon and expect funding for a total of 36 months, subject to a review of the initial year by the Roma Initiatives Office.

How to apply?

  • Applications should be submitted in English through the Open Society Foundations Grant Portal latest by 25 July 2016.
  • A complete application consists of a narrative proposal of no more than 10 pages, a budget, and all relevant appendices. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Please read the full application guidelines before preparing your application. If you encounter problems during the application process, please write an e-mail at: [email protected].

For more information, please visit the official website.

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