Open Society Initiative for Europe inviting NGOs for “Building Social Base” Program

Deadline: 23 June 2019

Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) is currently inviting nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) registered in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia for its program entitled “Building Social Base”.

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OSIFE aims to support key actors of civil society active in the field of human rights, rule of law, anti-corruption and investigative journalism to strengthen the organizational and social base of organizations that have proven their effectiveness at the local, regional, and national levels. OSIFE strengthens NGOs by assisting them with their efforts to enhance their social support and embeddedness, with special focus on improving fundraising, communication, and base building.

The Open Society Initiative for Europe seeks projects that can develop concrete, well-designed, and detailed plans for how the applicants will reach, interact and involve those people who approve and support their values and goals and who actively receive and deliver their messages. The projects should introduce how the planned activities strengthen public and professional visibility of the applicants—how to increase the number of their supporters, volunteers, and followers on social media. In addition, the projects should contain measurable indicators and clear expected results and impact.

OSIFE is primarily interested in projects that provide a clear analysis of the target audience and account for the differences among social groups — such as gender, age, socio-economic status, geographic location, and ethnicity — that make up the circle of constituencies of the organization. OSIFE expect projects that reflect on how different social groups of women (characterized by social factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, age etc.) and other social identities might be engaged with as a fundamental base of the organization. Specific attention to different social groups of women and other social minorities and projects that target these audiences with customized messaging is particularly welcome.

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Grant Information

  • Applicants may submit one proposal per organization for a one-time non-renewable grant up to a maximum of $70,000 using the attached proposal and budget templates.
  • The duration of a grant is 2 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • OSIFE looks for key civil actors in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia that have a proven track record of work for open society values and are active in the following professional areas:
    • Human rights, including but not restricted to women, LGBTQ and minority, and disadvantaged groups’ rights
    • Rule of law
    • Anti-corruption
    • Investigative journalism
  • OSIFE regards an organization as a “key actor” of its professional field if the organization:
    • works at the regional or national level in its country
    • has a proven track record of work for open society values
    • has achieved significant results in its professional field
    • has a central position in its professional domain with demonstrable impact
    • conducts activities that have significant domestic and international visibility and recognition

Ineligibility Criteria

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  • Any political activities, cooperation with, or support for political parties or elected officials are not eligible for the support, and they will not consider supporting them in any form. Political party-affiliated associations are not eligible to apply for the support.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications online through the Open Society Foundations grantee portal via given website.

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