The Transatlantic Foundation (TF), in cooperation with the Engaging Central Europe (ECE) program of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, is launching a dedicated call for proposals.
This funding opportunity aims to support civil society organizations (CSOs) with the objective to foster the social involvement of children (aged 14+) and young people through democracy education and participation-based model projects in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
- Under this call, TF will support short-to-medium-term projects with a duration of 6 to 18 months, with a budget ranging from EUR 10,000 to EUR 25,000 for single-country projects and from EUR 10,000 to EUR 40,000 for cross-border projects.
- The available overall call budget is EUR 300,000. TF reserves the right not to award all available funds depending on the proposals received and the results of the evaluations.
Types of Eligible Activities
- Offering age-specific, participation-based democracy education projects for children (aged 14+) or young adults (18+)
- Fostering grassroots democratic processes for the representation of student interests within schools and beyond
- Creating networks of democratic youth groups for coordination, joint activities, and development of a shared democratic agenda
- Amplifying the voice of democratic youths through online and offline campaigns
- Amplify the voice of students in the process of education-related decision-making at school, local, regional or national level
- Enhancing the democratic and civic skills of children (aged 14+) and young adults through community-development-oriented volunteering and internship programs
- The call is open to CSOs and non-profit-making entities established in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. CSOs applying must demonstrate compliance with the fundamental rights and values that the EU is founded upon as well as a proven track record in democracy education or youth work in the respective EU member states.
- Organizations involving children in their activities must have a child protection policy compliant with the Keeping Children Safe – Child Safeguarding standards.
- Natural persons and for-profit entities are not eligible. Further, applicants can neither be affiliated entity(ies), nor associates, nor contractors of TF.
- Project co-financing in the form of own contribution or other non-EU grants is welcomed, but not mandatory. Administrative costs (i.e., utilities, accounting, and financial management) cannot exceed 7% of the total grant amount.
- The project activities must take place in one or more of the targeted countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Cross-border activities involving other EU or non-EU countries may be considered as well.
- Special emphasis must be given to the promotion and protection of rights and values under the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights as well as to a gender-inclusive approach at all levels of the proposed project implementation.
- Organizations that engage individuals or groups in peripheral areas are especially encouraged to apply.
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