Applications are invited at the Europe Foundation (EPF) from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), registered and operating in Georgia, for its Open Door Grantmaking Program. The Foundation’s flagship Open Door Grantmaking Program provides CSOs with one of the very few opportunities to be proactive in identifying and addressing local needs, developing fresh solutions and ideas to existing challenges.
Open Door Grantmaking Program is open for all types of CSOs and their projects that foster civic engagement and have the potential to be replicated either in geographic terms or across various issue areas. Project proposals submitted through the Open Door Grantmaking Program should fall under EPF’s mission and mandates. Submitted projects should provide realistic solutions to specific challenges and substantiate priority of these challenges by reliable data. Proposed methodology should clearly demonstrate broad civic engagement in identifying problems, finding solutions, and advocating for and implementing changes. Submitted proposals should lead to tangible and measurable social, political, economic, and/or behavioral changes at local, regional, or national levels.
- The analysis of projects funded by EPF in previous years showed that the majority of project budgets varied from GEL 40,000 to GEL 45, 000, a range that enabled grantees to successfully achieve project goals and objectives. Therefore, EPF recommends applicants to take into account this condition when preparing project proposals.
- Grant funds may be used only for the activities directly related to implementation of a grant project. Grant funds cannot be used for covering organization’s on-going expenses, construction expenses, purchase of real estate, or covering the applicant organization’s debt.
- Open to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), registered and operating in Georgia;
- The Foundation is committed to the principles of gender equality and encourages applicants to consider the different impact the project may have on male and female members of the society.
Grants will be awarded to projects demonstrating the following:
- Degree of compliance with the objectives and conditions of Open Door Grantmaking Program;
- Effectiveness of project methodology, including a results-oriented, feasible, and needs-based action plan ensuring wide participation of citizens in identification and addressing of salient local issues;
- Scope of project impact;
- Engagement of relevant stakeholders in achievement of project objectives;
- Sound analysis of internal and external risks and efficient methods of risks mitigation;
- Proper analysis of gender and minority considerations, to ensure equal participation and access of men and women, as well as representatives of different minority groups to project activities and products to influence decision-making processes;
- Organization’s capacity to implement a project as demonstrated by: (a) relevant qualifications of the involved personnel and/or experts, (b) past experience of project implementation in relevant issue areas, and (c) capacity to manage a grant;
- Cost-effectiveness of the project;
- Sustainability of a project (please note that sustainability can refer to activities, structures, knowledge, and outcomes that result from project implementation).
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Interested applicants may submit project inquiry or full application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate Open Door Grantmaking in the subject line of your email.