Altogether 43 civil society organizations and 16 networks in Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary will receive financial grants amounting to more than 1,6 million Euro from the Stronger Roots Program, starting from October 1, 2023. The supported organizations will strengthen their communities of supporters and deepen their collaboration with public institutions. The Stronger Roots Program is jointly implemented by Open Society Fund Prague, Glopolis, Open Society Foundation Bratislava and the NIOK Foundation and funded by the European Union from the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme.
The results of an open Call for Proposals were announced on September 20, 2023, based on a profound 2-round selection process. The supported organizations are working on a variety of topics, such as education, environment protection, social services or human rights, and within their theme, they promote, protect or raise awareness of the EU values and principles of fundamental rights, democracy, and the rule of law. They are of different sizes and seated in different locations in all the three countries.
The supported organizations will be provided not only with financial support for their projects, but they will also participate in an intensive expert and peer support program that includes mentoring, individual consultations from experts as well as a variety of training and experience sharing sessions.
“We would like to congratulate all the supported organizations and we are looking forward to closely working with them for the next 18 months. Above all, we would however like to thank all the organizations that applied for the Stronger Roots support,” said Marie Peřinová, the program director of Open Society Fund Prague, on behalf of the consortium.
There has been an immense interest in the Stronger Roots Call for Proposals. The consortium has received 512 applications from across Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary, out of which 453 organizations applied for the social base building pillar and 59 applications focused on transversal collaboration with public institutions.
The Stronger Roots Program aims to increase the resilience of civil society organizations and their networks, strengthen their social capital, and embed them in the communities and societies in which they operate.
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