Active citizens fund: Announcement of the allocation of €661,387 in grants to support the strategic development of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow, in their capacity as Fund Operator of the Active citizens fund programme for Greece, announce the organisations selected to receive grants in the framework of the 7th Open Call for “Organisational grants to support the strategic development of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)”.

The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a € 13.5 m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The programme aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights.

The new grant under the programme, budgeted at €661,387, concerns the strategic development of CSOs. For Greece, this is an innovative Call that differs significantly from the previous ones under the Active citizens fund programme, as it provides grants that will subsidise general actions of CSOs on the basis of their multiannual strategic plans / workplans rather than actions in the context of projects with a specific thematic focus. The new Call is part of a pilot initiative of the EEA Financial Mechanism, launched in response to the requests made by CSOs for making available grants to subsidise their basic operational requirements, thus helping them attain their strategic goals and fulfil their mission.

In response to the Open Call “Organisational grants for the strategic development of civil society organisations”, a total of 52 applications were submitted, of which 5 were approved.

The following is the list of organisational grants in alphabetical order, based on the name of the Project Promoter:

Project Promoter: Callisto – Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society
Project: 20 years of Callisto – The needs for strategic & organizational development

Project Promoter: Diogenis NGO
Project: Empowering Shedia

Project Promoter: Doctors of the World – Greek Delegation
Project: THinking AhEad: Organizational & Strategic RΟadmap 2023-2026 | Theo.RΟ

Project Promoter: EDRA – Social cooperative activities for vulnerable groups
Project: We focus on human!

Project Promoter: Special Olympics Hellas
Project: Enhancing the strategic organizational activities of Special Olympics Hellas