- MATRA is a Dutch abbreviation and stands for “societal transformation”. The objective of the MATRA fund is to contribute to sustainable societal transformation by supporting reforms in the areas of rule of law, good governance and democracy. Focus of MATRA in Georgia is implementation of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the EU.
- Activities supported under the MATRA fund have to fall within the following areas:
- Rule of law, including reform of the judiciary;
- Public administration; promotion of integrity, transparency and accountability;
- Public order and law enforcement;
- Stability and security, with a focus on reconciliation, countering disinformation and prevention of hatespeech;
- Democracy, including electoral processes and procedures, upholding the separation of powers and democratic participation, and inclusion of minorities.
Human Rights Fund
- Promoting and protecting human rights worldwide is a priority in the foreign policy of the Netherlands. The Dutch human rights policy focuses on six human rights priorities. These are:
- Freedom of expression, press freedom, freedom of internet;
- Freedom of religion or belief (FoRB), including freedom not to believe;
- Equal rights for LGBTQI persons;
- Support for human rights defenders and space for civil society;
- Equal rights for women and girls;
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- Budget requested from the Embassy of the Netherlands for the project can be between GEL 50,000 and GEL 250,000.
- Duration of the project: between 6 and 18 months.
- This call is open to independent, non-partisan Georgian civil society organisations, which are registered and based in Georgia.
- An organisation can submit only one proposal and only under one instrument; that is, either under MATRA or under Human Rights Fund.
- In case of organisations currently or previously funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Tbilisi, preference will be given to those with at least a one-year gap between the project end date and the start date of a new project.
- Projects that largely or exclusively involve delivery of goods or materials are not eligible;
- Projects can have a proposed start date any time between 1 April 2023 and 1 December 2023. However, applicants must take into account that it may take up to several months for winning projects to have the contribution formally approved.
- Preference will be given to projects outside Tbilisi and by organisations outside Tbilisi.
Criteria for the assessment of concept notes:
- The projects team of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia will be paying special attention to the following elements:
- Does the proposed project fall under one of the priorities mentioned;
- How innovative and original is the approach;
- How big is the added value of the intervention – to what extend have other organisations already addressed this issue;
- How realistic is the expected impact of the intervention.
For more information, visit https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/latest-news/news/2022/11/07/call-for-concept-notes-tbilisi