Bulgaria

142 grants

Grant NumberBG/2012/02
OrganizationBulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”
Project NameMore citizen participation and more reason in elections: online tools and public debates for engaging citizens with National and European elections in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 84,990.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2012 - August 31, 2014
Project Description

The goal of the project is to improve the quality of the political process and widen the informed public participation in politics in Bulgaria by achieving higher political transparency and better accountability. In the long run, the project aims at influencing political parties as regards the elaboration of political programmes and political positions.

Websitewww.schoolofpolitics.org
Grant NumberBG/2012/06
OrganizationFourteenth January Foundation
Project NameResponsible politics, transparency and privacy in the digital environment
Amount AwardedUSD 79,960.00
Grant PeriodJune 15, 2012 - January 15, 2014
Project Description

The goal of the project is to raise the public awareness on digital rights, privacy, transparency and their importance and meaning for the individuals, as well as the means to protect them on personal level. The primary goal is to set the most important boundary in the information society - the boundary between transparency and privacy.

Websitehttp://14january.net
Grant NumberBG/2012/05
OrganizationAssociation "Institute for Public Environment Development"
Project NameBulgarian Civic Agenda 2.0 or Cyberactivism – The Bridge Between Civil Society And Technology Based Community
Amount AwardedUSD 75,000.00
Grant PeriodJune 15, 2012 - June 15, 2013
Project Description

The project aims at increasing awareness of the opportunities of the collaboration of the ICT community and the civil society organizations in order to develop and implement digital tools for evaluation of public policies and the democratic development of the institutions based on the use of open data and the new technologies.

Websitewww.iped-bg.org
Grant NumberBG/2012/04
OrganizationNext Page Foundation
Project NameWHY INDEPENDENT. Mobilizing the independent cultural sector for policy participation
Amount AwardedUSD 64,740.00
Grant PeriodJune 15, 2012 - August 15, 2013
Project Description

The project sets its goals around three axis:

  • Empower and motivate! the CSOs in culture for getting a new sense of belonging, for becoming a stronger policy partner and by experimenting with introducing the notion and practice of "design for social change" and new communication tools in the cultural policy arena
  • Know better! the rules of the cultural policy game and learn to spell out the unique contribution of independent CSOs in cultural and social development
  • Liaise! and create links with policy advocacy actions at EU level and with CSOs actions at national level from other fields of social life


Websitewww.npage.org
Grant NumberBG/2012/03
OrganizationBulgarian Donors' Forum
Project NameFundraising and the State
Amount AwardedUSD 65,000.00
Grant PeriodJune 15, 2012 - June 15, 2013
Project Description

The project aims at:

  • Analyzing the management, efficiency and accountability of the 3 major state charity campaigns;
  • To mobilize greater public support for selected Bulgarian NGOs and their campaigns as compared to State fundraising activities;
  • Defining the most effective manner of involvement of the State in fundraising


Websitewww.dfbulgaria.org
Grant NumberBG_2012_01
OrganizationProInfo Foundation
Project NameRegaining Europe of Citizens
Amount AwardedUSD 80,000.00
Grant PeriodFebruary 01, 2012 - January 31, 2013
Project Description

The goal of the project is to foster the development of an enabling environment for increased citizen participation on the European level from the New Member States from CEE through improved legislative framework and citizen organizations’ capacity and through increased efficiency of the existing civil society infrastructure.

This goal will be achieved through the following objectives:

  • Support the development of European oriented profile of the functioning resource centers in the six NMS (except Bulgaria, where no such Center exists) in terms of resources, experience and knowledge and build synergy among them;
  • Support the launch of the ECSH in Bulgaria as a civic resource center on European matters;
  • Ensure effective participation of the citizens from the seven NMS from CEE in the European Citizens’ Initiatives.

 

Websitehttp://proinfobg.org
Grant NumberBG/2011/10
OrganizationReason Institute
Project NameTeaching communism of XXth century in Bulgarian primary and secondary schools
Amount AwardedUSD 20,410.00
Grant PeriodDecember 23, 2011 - September 23, 2012
Grant NumberBG/2011/09
OrganizationHome of the Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation (MSHS Sofia)
Project NameIs demcracy sick of its own media? - public forum and debate
Amount AwardedUSD 4,908.00
Grant PeriodDecember 05, 2011 - April 05, 2012
Grant NumberBG_2011_08
OrganizationInstitute for Public Environment Development
Project NameProgram for development and sustainability of the main mission priorities of the Institute for Public Environment Development
Amount AwardedUSD 76,500.00
Grant PeriodJuly 01, 2011 - October 01, 2012
Project Description

 

The goal of the project is to establish the IPED as an influential independent policy center, that promotes the high standards of openness, democratic accountability and integrity in government, politics and the judicial system in Bulgaria and conducts critical monitoring and watchdog activities over the Government and the Parliament; creates alternative discourses; suppresses the unrealistic promises and demagogic populist rhetoric and advocate of preferred policy alternatives.

  • The specific objectives are:
  • To reinforce the programmatic development of IPED
  • To work out a new advocacy strategy
  • To implement a new HR strategy

 

 

Websitehttp://www.iped-bg.org
Grant NumberBG_2011_06
OrganizationAccess to Information Program Foundation
Project NameCivil Audit of Active Transparency of Government (CAATOG)
Amount AwardedUSD 119,150.00
Grant PeriodJuly 01, 2011 - October 01, 2012
Project Description

 To address problems with active transparency and accountability of government bodies AIP aims to continue the monitoring on the active publications, analyze the situation with public registers and disseminate knowledge among the more active users – journalists strengthening its country network, will share experience with members of Freedom of information advocates network partner organizations specialized in monitoring.     

The specific objectives are:

  • To assess the situation of public registers online;
  • To train journalists from local and regional media on how to use public registers;
  • To perform independent access to information (ATI) audit on government websites;
  • To analyze results in order to formulate recommendations for improving practices in AIP Annual report;
  • To share experience with FOI Advocates on audit and monitoring methodology and advocacy results.

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.aip-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_2011_07
OrganizationGreen Policy Institute
Project NameSecond Civil Society Monitoring Report on EU Funds use in Bulgaria and Participation of the “Coalition for Sustainable Use of Funds of the EU” in the Programming Process for the EU Finds after 2014.
Amount AwardedUSD 70,255.00
Grant PeriodJune 01, 2011 - October 31, 2012
Project Description

The project aims at enforcing and developing of civil monitoring over the EU funds use in Bulgaria as a good practice, accepted by the society and institutions.

The specific objectives that will help achieve the goal are:

  • Improving the process of civil monitoring – structure, methodology, thematic frame/scope, etc.
  • Successful participation in the first phase of programming (2011 – 2012) of EU funds after 2014
  • Internal development of the coalition as an important stakeholder in EU funds monitoring in Bulgaria.
Grant NumberBG_2011_04
OrganizationHuman and Social Studies Foundation – Sofia (HSSF)
Project Name“People” and “Civic Society” as Resources of Democracy
Amount AwardedUSD 49,700.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2011 - August 31, 2011
Project Description

 

The project focuses on three interrelated goals: 

  • Contribute to increase the awareness of both politicians and civic activists of the role of collective mobilizations as a vital resource of democracy providing the opportunity of a better understanding and a consensual reformation of society;
  • Allow a better evaluation of the social significance of collective mobilizations on both sides: so that politicians should be capable of grasping their reformist potential and work out of it productive policies, and social actors should be capable of better formulating publicly acceptable causes and better articulating the public benefits they imply;
  • Improve considerably the communication between politicians and civic activists in order to avoid clashes of misunderstanding and facilitate the solution of social conflicts.

 

 

 

Websitewww.hssfoundation.org
Grant NumberBG_2011_03
OrganizationRiskMonitor Foundation
Project NameTowards a New Security Agenda: Bulgaria’s Societal Risks for the Next Ten Years
Amount AwardedUSD 97,500.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2011 - April 01, 2012
Project Description

The main goal of the project is to initiate and advocate for development of risk-based, strategic security agenda for Bulgaria till 2020-2025 through the following specific objectives:

  • Assess the specific risks and combined weight and reinforcement of major risk factors and processes.
  • Create policy mechanisms for reducing major societal risks for Bulgaria’s medium-term future.
  • Develop long-term security concept relating to a broad-based understanding of societal risks.
  • Raise public sensitivity about the role of risk factor management as a governance task and responsibility.
  • Refocus partly the future activities of a number of NGOs dealing with policy issues.

 

Websitehttp://riskmonitor.bg
Grant NumberBG_2011_01
OrganizationBulgarion NGO
Project NameCivil society against vote speculations
Amount AwardedUSD 49,564.00
Grant PeriodFebruary 15, 2011 - December 15, 2011
Project Description

With this project the Applicant will focus its efforts on the awareness of the citizens to the antidemocratic practices and on the creation of social environment favoring the establishment of human rights. The journalists that were trained during a previous project of the organization will be the watchdogs against these corrupted practices in places. They will monitor for vote violations and collaborate with the people in their mutual fight against votes speculations.

Grant NumberBG_2010_12
OrganizationInstitute for Studies of the Recent Past (ISRP) Sofia
Project NameIntensification of the Professional and Public Debate on the Recent Bulgarian Past: Enhanced Public Visibility and Professional Recognition of ISRP
Amount AwardedUSD 31,600.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2011 - January 01, 2012
Project Description

The project aims at consolidating and optimizing the existing ISRP professional networks and its referential groups (teachers, academia, and mass media) considered as the main social agents able to sustainably mediate among wider public critical knowledge and historical criteria for evaluation of the Bulgarian communist past. It will strive to stimulate the emergence of new publicity and thus the development of active citizenship and democracy. The specific objectives are: • To enhance public sensitivity and active social engagement with the recent communist past and its moral evaluation; • To stimulate the emergence of public consensus and shared knowledge.

Websitehttp://minaloto.org
Grant NumberBG_2010_09
OrganizationBulgarian Sociological Association
Project NameEveryday Citizenship: Practices and Strategies for Stimulating Civil Society in Bulgaria Today
Amount AwardedUSD 42,430.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2011 - January 01, 2012
Project Description

The project aims at identifying the new forms of civic engagement lying outside and apart from institutionalized public power channels and to show their potential, and at creating conditions for the expression and expansion of this potential. The specific objectives are: • publicizing the practices of informal civic mobilization • attracting the attention of government and judiciary authorities to various obstacles and shortcomings (organizational, institutional, judicial) that “ordinary” civic mobilization are making visible. • throwing a bridge between established actors in the civic sector and participants in spontaneous civic mobilizations, thereby overcoming low trust between people and in institutions, the feeble or missing capacity for self-organization of individuals, ever waiting for outside, foreign assistance or the support of powerful individuals.

Websitehttp://www.bsa-bg.org
Grant NumberBG_2010_06
OrganizationBulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Project NameWWW.NGOBG.INFO: FROM DATABASE TO WEB PORTAL
Amount AwardedUSD 139,740.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2011 - September 01, 2012
Project Description

In order to respond to the identified deficits, the team has set the following goals of their project: • To transform www.ngobg.info from an online database into an influential web-portal; • To provide legal and other NGO-related information and advice to more people, institutions and NGOs. The overall objective of the action is to strengthen www.ngobg.info by integrating specific analytical knowledge of BCNL and attract more NGOs to become active content-providers. The specific objectives include: • To increase the visibility of the website to NGOs, decision-makers, the media and the general public; • To better serve NGOs by promoting their civic positions, assisting their campaigns and offering a rich resource library; • To ensure the sustainability of www.ngobg.info by integrating the website into BCNL’s activities and strategy.

Websitehttp://www.bcnl.org
Grant NumberBG_2010_10
OrganizationProInfo Foundation
Project NameCivil Society House Contact Point in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 46,980.00
Grant PeriodDecember 15, 2010 - September 30, 2011
Project Description

The Prolnfo foundation aims to create a Contact Point for the country that will gradually develop into a Civil Society House in Bulgaria. It will have some of the characteristics of a civic resource center on European matters, assisting the process of civic capacity building for effective participation in the European policy-making process and for strengthening the European identity of the Bulgarian citizens. The specific objective is to profile the activities of the Bulgarian contact point as an effective support infrastructure for civil society organizations and citizens in Bulgaria.

Websitehttp://www.bgactivecitizen.eu
Grant NumberBG_2010_11
OrganizationKorektivi Association
Project NameThe Promise
Amount AwardedUSD 33,550.00
Grant PeriodDecember 01, 2010 - January 01, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at focusing public attention to a very important issue on keeping the political promises and showing the wide audience the institutions powers and mechanisms for the implementation of undertaken political commitment. The project “The Promise” is original TV idea that pays attention to some of the most sensitive part of Bulgarian political life – keeping the political promises. The project will measure the capacity of political system with the power of political person. The project will make politicians to fulfill promise undertaken and show this to the audience in attractive way.

Websitehttp://www.korektivi.org
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_65
OrganizationStep for Bulgaria Foundation (SBF)
Project NameLive and Act!
Amount AwardedUSD 6,500.00
Grant PeriodNovember 15, 2010 - April 15, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at creating a social environment favoring an improved understanding of the human rights violations and discriminative practices facing underprivileged youth in Bulgaria (concretely, teenagers living without parental care, the majority of whom belong to ethnic minorities) and preparing members of the target group (underprivileged children) and their respective communities to act responsibly in defense of their essential human rights.

Websitehttp://stepforbulgaria.org/
Grant NumberBG_2010_08
OrganizationWorkshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation
Project NameCommunity Foundations Development Program
Amount AwardedUSD 50,000.00
Grant PeriodNovember 10, 2010 - November 10, 2011
Project Description

The program aims at continuing enhancing the development of the community foundation field (movement) in Bulgaria by providing financial help to the existing community foundations, which were supported in the last 4 years by the CEE Trust, and stimulating other local philanthropy organizations and initiative groups to make use of the community foundation concept. The specific objectives are: 1. The program intends to see 7 maturing community foundations overcoming the impact of the financial and economic crisis from 2009. 2. The program intends to support the dissemination of the community foundation concept in 3 additional communities.

Websitehttp://www.wcif-bg.org
Grant NumberBG_2010_07
OrganizationInstitute for Market Economics
Project NameProgram “Raising Awareness of Regulations’ Effects with Focus on Budget Implications”
Amount AwardedUSD 123,302.00
Grant PeriodNovember 01, 2010 - June 01, 2011
Project Description

The program aims at raising awareness of regulations’ effects and improving regulatory policy through research, monitoring, networking and advocacy. The specific objectives of the program are to: 1. improve the legislative process and secure a broad public support for more transparency and accountability of public institutions; 2. expose and comment the real debate in public policy making in its initial stages when changes are possible while in the meantime advocate for more predictable and understandable legislative process open for public debate; 3. unite NGOs in joint efforts to promote and demonstrate the merits of organized pro-active civil society; 4. define and integrate into IME operations a communication strategy that will strengthen and unify current and prospective affiliates of NGO community; 5. improve the capacity of IME by developing a sustainable fundraising program.

Websitehttp://ime.bg
Grant NumberBG_2010_04
OrganizationCentre for Independent Living
Project NameTRANSPARENCY FOR A BETTER DISABILITY POLICY PROCESS – Participation of Disabled People in the Policy Process
Amount AwardedUSD 95,560.00
Grant PeriodNovember 01, 2010 - May 01, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at: • developing a transparent disability policy process by involving different cross-disability organizations, which deal with disabilities from human rights perspective; • having better representation of the disabled peoples’ interests in the policy process; • ensuring equal access of all disability organizations to public funds on the basis of a transparent and fair competitive process. The project objectives are: 1. To review and expose the way that the National Council on Integration of Disabled People (NCIDP) works; 2. To build a case for the authorized institutions – MPs, President’s Office and the National Ombudsman – to appeal the provisions of the Law on Integration of Disabled People, which allow for unequal treatment of the disability NGOs in front of the Constitutional Court; 3. To research representation models in other countries – EU Member States and develop a set of indicators for a successful disability policy process; 4. To increase public awareness on the handicaps of the disability representation in the Bulgarian policy process; 5. To suggest a fair and transparent mechanism for public funding of disability organizations on a competitive basis.

Websitehttp://www.cil.bg
Grant NumberBG_2010_03
OrganizationBTC ProMedia Foundation
Project NameDeveloping the Infrastructure for Improved and Sustainable Media-NGO Relations
Amount AwardedUSD 90,300.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2010 - September 01, 2011
Project Description

The current project will work with both sides in the complicated relationship between the media and the NGO’s and will concentrate on the creation of a functioning and sustainable model for its improvement. A core group of “civil society speakers” will be trained and promoted before the media with the task to better express the views and present the values of civil society to the public. A core group of key editors and beat reporters will be introduced to the media value of NGO’s and their speakers as opportunities for creation of attractive and reliable media content. A model of mutual trust and benefit will be piloted through the creation of the first multi-media series in Bulgaria, which will focus on positive examples of citizen activism and NGO involvement. The main goal will be achieved through 3 stages: Stage One: Selection and training of “civic society speakers” in a consultative process with key representatives of the NGO sector Stage Two: Creation, promotion and distribution of a multi-media series “The Top 10 Good Deeds of Bulgaria”, dedicated to positive examples of citizen involvement and NGO achievement Stage Three: Creating and activating a model for sustainable professional cooperation between the civil society speakers and the selected key media leaders.

Websitehttp://www.btcpromedia.org/
Grant NumberBG_2010_02
OrganizationSdrujenie Gorichka
Project NameGorichka Media and Events: Sustainable Future (Fostering Sustainable Behavior)
Amount AwardedUSD 46,970.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2010 - September 01, 2011
Project Description

The projects' goal is to create a working networking environment for people to seek innovative solutions to intractable problems, share wisdom, celebrate positive outcomes and motivate each other through leadership and citizen action. In addition to this networking opportunity, the applicant would like to generate adequate and practical online content on the subject of sustainability to catalyze effective transition in public opinion and mindset. The broader goal will be achieved by covering four different topics in one-day events: parenting, food and nutrition, sustainable home, and business ideas. In addition to these events, the applicant plans bi-weekly blog research entries that will support our goal with relevant, sophisticated, easy-to-grasp information, advice, know how, case studies, etc. These four are essential to the modern person everyday life and have direct and indirect impact on moving towards a more sustainable future and changing behavioral patterns.

Websitehttp://www.gorichka.bg/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_155
OrganizationWorld Wild Fund – Danube Carpathian programme Bulgaria
Project NameActivating civil society in Bulgaria for climate change policy realization
Amount AwardedUSD 25,000.00
Grant PeriodJune 01, 2010 - June 01, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at increasing the capacity of the Climate Action Coalition - Bulgaria by involving new partners and participants from NGOs, media, academic and business spheres so as to develop a broad civil movement in Bulgaria for raising public and official awareness of climate change issues and the action needed in the overall context of sustainable development to address the issue.

Websitehttp://wwf.panda.org/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_80
Organization"14th January" Foundation
Project NameCivil Initiative for Hypocrisy Eradication
Amount AwardedUSD 38,004.00
Grant PeriodMay 20, 2010 - May 20, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at lowering the level of hypocrisy in the society, shortening the distance between the society and its public representatives, increasing the level of trust and facilitating the feedback in the political process. The specific objectives are: To create a web portal with publicly available information, where anyone can contribute and evaluate publicly made statements and promises by public figures in Bulgaria. • To make the project an attractive, respectable and often cited reliable source of objective information and establish it as an influential media factor in the following elections in Bulgaria; • To serve as an accessible database for citizens, media, research and educational institutions, for bringing as much as possible transparency and accountability of local and state institutions • To establish a vibrant online community, centered around and contributing to the project

Websitehttp://www.politikat.net/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_37
OrganizationEuropean Institute Foundation (EI)
Project NameTowards Research & Advocacy Center (institutional support to the European Institute)
Amount AwardedUSD 154,079.00
Grant PeriodMay 15, 2010 - May 15, 2012
Project Description

The project aims at helping the EI shift the focus of its mission as necessitated by the post-accession reality, get itself widely recognized throughout the SCO sector and achieve further sustainable development through strengthening its institutional research and expert capacity. The organization will have to further elaborate its mission in order to evolve into a strategic policy and advocacy center that communicates EU policies, raises public awareness and initiates public debate on critical issues. All this can be achieved by working in partnership with other research institutes, international organizations, influential think tanks, the civil society and its organizations.

Websitehttp://www.europeaninstitute.bg/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_33
OrganizationCentre for Liberal Strategies
Project NameTargeting the Influentials: New Strategy for Connecting People and Reform Policies
Amount AwardedUSD 137,950.00
Grant PeriodMay 15, 2010 - May 14, 2012
Project Description

The project aims at proposing an ambitious and innovative strategy for building public support for reform policies in the context of growing mistrust between citizens and elites. The main concept behind “Influentials” is: citizens are influenced by individuals of their own social group. Thus the project is looking for those individuals who horizontally influence their own communities, who are habitually addressed for advice, the first who embrace new ideas and practices.

Websitehttp://www.cls-sofia.org/bg/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_16
OrganizationFoundation Open Society Institute – Sofia
Project NameEmpowerment of the Powerless in Time of Crisis
Amount AwardedUSD 300,000.00
Grant PeriodMay 15, 2010 - May 14, 2012
Project Description

The project team aims to assist the empowerment of the powerless in times of crisis through focusing on efficient grant-making to ensure community support for advocacy for effective policy-making and access to service provision to prevent further poverty and marginalization. The project activities will be organized and implemented in such a way as to bridge the vulnerable groups and the NGOs active in respective areas in an attempt to overcome the negative effects of exclusion and vulnerability on the grounds of ethnicity, disability, race, age, gender, children at risk and living in isolated areas. Raising public awareness combined with empowering of local communities will enhance general understanding of the problems identified and will contribute to the social and economic inclusion of marginalized vulnerable groups.

Websitehttp://www.osf.bg/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_140
OrganizationTulip Foundation
Project NameMarket place - the profit and the non-profit for the benefit of the local community
Amount AwardedUSD 160,140.00
Grant PeriodMay 15, 2010 - August 15, 2012
Project Description

The project aims at contributing to the sustainability of civil organizations through enhancing cross –sectoral cooperation between the profit and the non-profit and establishes an innovative tool (Market place for projects) for matching the needs and the interests of the civil and the business organizations, based on a practical cooperation and providing long term impact. The specific objectives are: • To provide practical efficient tool for cooperation that is crucially important in times of economical crisis when resources (funds, services, materials, equipment etc.) are limited and complimentary effective use of these is of a big importance; • To adapt, introduce and promote the “market place” concept and provide training to local core teams that will apply it locally in the many years to come; • To create and update a permanent internet based “Market Place for projects” in cooperation with the Confederation of the Employers and Industrials in Bulgaria (CEIB) and Capital newspaper that will serve the profit and the non-profit organizations on an on-going base.

Websitehttp://www.tulipfoundation.net/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_121
OrganizationCapital Foundation
Project NameConsistent investigative journalism
Amount AwardedUSD 93,550.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2010 - May 01, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at strengthening the fundamentals of democratic society and preventing its undermining by making quality investigative journalism aiming at protecting the interest of taxpayers, consumers, local communities, minorities, disabled people etc. The envisaged investigations will make: • public institutions more accountable and responsible • Institutional practices more relevant and transparent • Media more powerful and effective in its role as a watchdog of public interest • People more involved in public life. The main goal will be achieved through the following objectives: To realize investigations in areas which are important for the society • To help solving the investigated problems by provoking proper institutional and public reaction • To increase public awareness and intolerance to those type of wrongdoings • To increase media capacity to conduct effective investigative journalism

Grant NumberBG_X 2009_02
OrganizationNGO Mothers against drugs
Project NameOpen your eyes
Amount AwardedUSD 16,170.00
Grant PeriodApril 20, 2010 - October 20, 2010
Project Description

The project aims at bringing voices into the public debate concerning the drug addiction problem. The main goal is to break the inborn attitude to the drug problem only as crime problem of people by their own choice and to give much more detailed picture of the situation - drug addiction as illness, a heavy private problem with huge society impact. The objectives are: • To increase capacity of the whole public for understanding the drug problem, to contribute the constructive way of acting and assuming the problem with the drugs. • to go a step forward after usual media covering and to show in depth one of the heaviest recent problems.

Grant NumberBG_X 2009_48
OrganizationEuropean Initiatives Foundation
Project NameThe Pros and Cons of Legalizing Prostitution
Amount AwardedUSD 46,860.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2010 - April 01, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at raising serious public discussion and find solution for legal regulation of prostitution. Thus, the goal is to help develop and advocate for establishing a legislative framework for regulating prostitution activities. The specific objectives that will help achieve the goal are: • Reduce the risk of trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation. • Empower persons practicing prostitution and thus partly prevent victimization. • Establish conditions for various public policies targeting prostitutes. • Raise public sensitivity with respect to the massive socio-economic phenomenon of prostitution.

Grant NumberBG_X 2009_191
OrganizationBulgarian Helsinki Committee
Project NameStrengthening public oversight of prisons in Bulgaria by reinforcing the role of the national Ombudsman, the municipal monitoring commissions, and the specialized inspection bodies
Amount AwardedUSD 50,000.00
Grant PeriodMarch 20, 2010 - March 20, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at strengthening public oversight in prisons by reinforcing the existing mechanisms for public control and oversight of prisons, and by putting in place new mechanisms for specialized external control and inspection of these institutions.

Websitehttp://www.bghelsinki.org/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_162
OrganizationAssociation ”Thirst for life"
Project NameCenter for Legal and Social Development
Amount AwardedUSD 38,950.00
Grant PeriodMarch 20, 2010 - March 20, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at changing attitudes and perceptions within Roma community towards the different. The objectives are: 1. To create an environment conducive to learning, strengthening the tolerance and solidarity within the community. 2. To stimulate genuine recognition within the community about their basic rights.

Websitehttp://tfl.ngobg.info/contacts.html
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_110
OrganizationInstitute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS)
Project NameTraining and Socialization of Young Roma Activists into Positions of Political and Civic Leadership in Bulgarian State and Society
Amount AwardedUSD 36,977.00
Grant PeriodMarch 20, 2010 - March 20, 2011
Project Description

This project seeks to address the dilemmas of Roma representation in the public institutions and civil society in Bulgaria. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to and accelerate the process of civil integration of Roma communities in the Bulgarian society and improve their social status. The goal necessitates building high-level leadership qualities within the community of Roma representatives that will allow for their increased participation in the public administration and civic life in the country.

Websitehttp://www.iris-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_X 2009_93
OrganizationInstitute for Public Environment Development (IPED)
Project NameThe Scandal with “Krasio from Pleven” – or Why the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) Lost the Fight against Corruption in the Judicial System
Amount AwardedUSD 25,000.00
Grant PeriodMarch 15, 2010 - November 15, 2010
Project Description

The project aims at achieving publicity, transparency and accountancy in the SJC activities, through civil control over the responsibilities of the SJC, concerning prevention and fight against corruption in the judicial system. The objective of the project is an evaluation of the execution of the Supreme’s Judicial Court responsibilities, which can be found in key documents for fight against corruption in the judicial system. The project will watch closely and evaluate if the SJC follows the deadlines, what kind of resources are mobilized for execution of the measures and how adequate they are.

Websitehttp://iped-bg.org/en/index.html
Grant NumberBG_2010_01
OrganizationReason Institute
Project NameControversial Issues and Notions in Teaching Bulgarian and European History of XX Century in Bulgarian Primary and Secondary Schools
Amount AwardedUSD 28,375.00
Grant PeriodFebruary 15, 2010 - November 15, 2010
Project Description

Goal and objectives:   The project aims at further developing the results from the previous project and elaborating programs for teachers’ qualification at at least 2 Bulgarian Universities. The objectives are: • to strengthen and further enlarge the network of school teachers and university researchers and History Association “Alternatives” established under the previous project so that it could become an influential factor in the impending public debate on the syllabi and content of the history textbooks; • to establish sustainable partnership between the school teachers and university lecturers and researchers in history, to provide continuous possibility for professional discussions on topical and disputable issues; • to propose to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science changes in the State Educational Requirements in history and civilization followed by changes of the curricula and syllabi which shall allow the real studying of the most recent Bulgarian and European history at school; • to assist Bulgarian history teachers by defining the scope and content of the main terms used in teaching the totalitarian regimes thus avoiding different interpretation of the same terms. • to propose a Master’s Degree program and a post-diploma qualification program to be accredited by New Bulgarian University and VelikoTarnovo University so that these two programs could become available from the next 2010/2011 academic year. 

Websitehttp://www.razum.org/
Grant NumberBG_2009_08
OrganizationAssociation of Sociology Students at the Sofia University (ASSSU)
Project NameBulgaria at NMUN 2010-2012
Amount AwardedUSD 49,995.00
Grant PeriodNovember 01, 2009 - April 10, 2012
Project Description

a) Goal and objectives To provoke young people’s awareness of global issues and thus to increase their civic competences and stimulate their engagement The objectives are: 1. To acquaint students with global issues and create a debate on their country’s place in the global context and their personal role. To allow a group of selected students to participate in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) - a forum for discussing global concerns in a context that closely parallels the "real world". 2. To develop young people’s skills of public debating, expressing, defending a political position, policymaking and interaction with different institutions. 3. To present them with an opportunity to become a part of social and institutional networks on local and global level. b) Activities 1. Getting in touch with the Embassy of the country the NMNU team will represent; 2. Getting in touch with the UN representatives in Sofia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and various NGOs; 3. Selecting the participants; 4. Preparation and training of the delegate group for their participation at NUMN; 5. Taking part at the NMUN – the group of 10 delegates and a faculty advisor will fly to New York and attend a four-day long Conference National Model United Nations; 6. Feedback and planning of the workshops in Sofia; 7. Holding the workshops; 8. Visibility activities.

Websitehttp://www.asssu.eu/
Grant NumberBG_2009_09
OrganizationBilitis Resource Center Foundation, Bulgaria
Project NameQueer Art in CEE: Between Culture and Activism
Amount AwardedUSD 4,700.00
Grant PeriodOctober 01, 2009 - December 15, 2009
Project Description

a) Goal and objectives The project aims at promoting queer art in CEE region as a socially committed art, which counters homo- and trans-phobia, and helps to pluralize and liberalize civil societies in CEE. The objectives are: 1. To display and popularize queer art in CEE through the festival “Queer Art in CEE: Between Culture and Activism” in Sofia, Bulgaria, on December 1-4, 2009. 2. To bring together queer artists/activists from CEE countries and form a platform for future collaboration among them. 3. To enhance politically correct speaking of LGBT issues in the mass media. 4. To analyze the impact of queer art on mainstream societies in CEE. b) Activities • Organizing and carrying out of a queer art festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on December 1-4, 2009 with the participation of about 20 visiting artists/activists from CEE countries. • Popularization of the festival and media coverage. An open debate on queer art in CEE and half-day seminar on politically correct speaking about LGBT issues for journalists.

Grant NumberBG_2009_07
OrganizationCivil Media Foundation
Project NameRe:TV “The NGO Discovery Project”
Amount AwardedUSD 45,752.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 07, 2009 - June 07, 2010
Project Description

a) Goal and objectives The proposed project aims at popularizing the effect of the third sector work in Bulgaria: introducing active peoples, good causes, social services, communities’ initiatives, real actions against the corruption, etc. The applicant’s goal is to establish a good public image of the NGOs and civic movements and initiatives through presenting their activities as a part of the news and events broadcasted regularly. The objectives are: 1. To popularize the activity of quality non-governmental organizations in Bulgaria 2. To inform of the initiatives of civil organizations, to show the people behind them and their activity towards the other people 3. To engage and mobilize the viewers to join and support such initiatives and organizations 4. To put an emphasis on the usefulness and the results of NGOs; 5. To achieve a change in the attitude and thought of the people regarding the third sector activities. 6. To render assistance for the distribution of the already acquired and successful experience in the field of the non-governmental sector. 7. To broaden the range of the offered social, cultural, educational and other services. b) Activities 1. Determination of the total time in the program schedule, during which the issues of the civil sector will be discussed; 2. Determination of topics and interlocutors; 3. Preparation of a program for participation of the interlocutors; 4. Preparation of announcement materials; 5. Information campaign for popularization of the initiative; 6. Preparation of reportages; 7. Leading of discussions; 8. Seeking for opinions of specialists in NGOs on key and current topics.

Grant NumberBG_X 2008_89
Organization“National Alliance for volunteer action” Foundation
Project NameStudents’ Volunteers Centers-opportunity for informal education and rebirth of volunteers’ traditions at schools
Amount AwardedUSD 80,000.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2009 - January 31, 2011
Project Description

This project seeks to create a model for active participation of young people in the positive change of school community/ school surroundings and relations and give a rebirth of the traditions of volunteerism as an active form of civic participation at schools.

Websitehttp://navabg.com/
Grant NumberBG_2009_05
OrganizationErasmus student network-Bulgaria (ESN-Bulgaria)
Project NameBEST /Bulgaria, Education, Summer, Training/
Amount AwardedUSD 4,632.00
Grant PeriodJuly 30, 2009 - August 04, 2009
Project Description

The general goal of BEST is to empower young people in various fields related to the right to education and to highlight the benefits of student volunteering towards society. The main objectives of BEST are to understand different realities of education in Europe, to identify the best practices how to increase the quality and accessibility to education and to empower the participants in order to train other students in their country about right to education and efficient volunteering.

Websitehttp://www.erasmusbg.info/en/esn-bg
Grant NumberBG_2009_06
OrganizationWorkshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation
Project NameCommunity Foundations Development Program
Amount AwardedUSD 50,000.00
Grant PeriodJuly 01, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Project Description

а) Goal and objectives The program will enhance the development of the community foundation field (movement) in Bulgaria by providing financial help to the existing community foundations, which were supported in the last 3 years by the CEE Trust, and stimulating other local philanthropy organizations and initiative groups to make use of the community foundation concept. Its objectives are: 1. The program intends to see 7 maturing community foundations with increased resilience and flexibility to survive periods of economic downfall without significant reduction of their established level of grantmaking. 2. The program intends to see dissemination of the community foundation concept in new communities in Bulgaria and expansion of the community foundation network with at least 3 new members. b) Activities • Disbursement of institutional development grants to 7 existing and 3 emerging community foundations from around Bulgaria; • Provision of technical support to grantees upon request; • Dissemination of knowledge about the community foundations in wider society; • Identification of new community foundations.

Websitehttp://www.wcif-bg.org/en/
Grant NumberBG_2009_04
OrganizationInternational Foundation SOFIMUN
Project NameSOFIMUN - Sofia International Model United Nations
Amount AwardedUSD 5,000.00
Grant PeriodJuly 01, 2009 - July 31, 2009
Project Description

a) Context The SOFIMUN Conference is held on annual basis (in 2009 for second time), each year in July and gives a platform for over 160 young professionals of over 30 nations to work on issues and problems of the agenda of the United Nations organization and offer their own solutions over international problems and issues. Also some of the common problems in the area of future generations are that they do not have a sufficient platform and ability to discuss and elaborate upon issues of vital necessity to the world b) Goal and objectives The SOFIMUN project aims at bringing together professionals of different spheres in a multicultural surrounding. The aim of the conference is to get the participants acquainted in real life conditions with the activities of the UN Organization; to fulfill the role of delegates, representing and observing during sessions; to vote upon decisions and pass resolutions and thus to give a positive “push” to the beginning or the mastering of professional careers. The objective is to engage the attention of young people from all over the world aiming to promote the peace and the mutual cooperation between cultures and countries on international basis.

Grant NumberBG_2009_03
OrganizationBulgarian Donors’ Forum
Project NameSupport of BDF Institutional Development
Amount AwardedUSD 99,950.00
Grant PeriodJune 01, 2009 - May 31, 2011
Project Description

The project aims at establishing sustainable platform of emerging private donors (NGOs and companies). The BDF is aspiring to act as a leader, promoter, educator, advocate and convener of different type of donors to expand the culture and practice of philanthropy. The overall goal of the proposed project is to strengthen the Bulgarian Donors’ Forum as the recognized, visible and credible platform for promotion of corporate, organizational and individual giving and catalyst for local philanthropy for social change. The objectives are: 1. Increasing the role of the BDF to influence the legal and regulatory environment regarding philanthropy. 2. Increasing the visibility of BDF as the promoter of social responsible philanthropy by communicating targeted audiences – the media, the public and young people. 3. Increasing the role of BDF for development and promotion of good philanthropy practices, case studies and experience among donors – BDF current and potential members.

Websitehttp://www.dfbulgaria.org/
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_153
OrganizationInstitute for Contemporary Digital Archives (ICDA)
Project NameConstructing a Civil Archive of Bulgarian Transition
Amount AwardedUSD 44,526.00
Grant PeriodMay 10, 2009 - May 10, 2010
Project Description

a) Context Bulgarian accession into the European Union, at least formally, has put an end to one of the most dynamic and interesting periods in the country’s modern history. Within less than two decades Bulgaria passed through the mill of a fundamental transition from a totalitarian to a democratic society. Due to the high intensity of the political, economic and social developments and the very limited time span, during which they were accomplished, there is a serious risk that many of these important changes would not be properly documented. The EU membership radically alters the situation and many of the civil society organizations may not be able to adapt and survive. b) Goal and objectives The project is aimed at establishing an independent online Civil Archive of NGO/CSOs in Bulgaria (NGOs as well as grass-root institutions) during the Transition period with a special focus on guaranteeing transparency and on documenting key developments in the NGO/CSOs sector. The objectives are: 1. to develop methods for online digital archiving through accumulation and analysis of data; 2. to overcome the lack of transparency and institutional memory by systematically producing more visibility and knowledge for the civil society activities in the public sphere; 3. to broaden the understanding of the diagnosed problems through the initiation of public discussions, expert analyses and presentations; 4. to establish a solid institutional basis for long-lasting independent digital archiving by achieving public recognition for the ICDA.

Grant NumberBG_X 2008_146
OrganizationBULGARIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF CITIZENS INITIATIVE (BAPCI)
Project NameEMPOWERING BULGARIAN CIVIL SOCIETY FOR DIRECT DECISION-MAKING THROUGH A NEW DEMOCRATIC LAW ON REFERENDUMS
Amount AwardedUSD 19,102.00
Grant PeriodMay 10, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Project Description

In 2008 27% of the citizens of Bourgas and 39% in Sozopol municipality voted in referendums on the controversial Bourgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline. Almost all of them rejected the project, believing it was an onslaught on their human rights. Their vote however was scrapped for the reason that turnout did not meet the required 50%+1. Other local communities have also attempted to influence government decisions e.g. in 2007 45% of the citizens of Kresna and 28% of the citizens of Kozlodui voted on developments impacting their health and environment. Their vote had no legal bearing. High turnout threshold is not the only problem with direct decision–making in Bulgaria. The acting totalitarian law abounds in restrictions: citizens are not allowed to initiate referendums, a plentitude of issues are excluded from popular vote, referendum results are not binding etc.

Grant NumberBG_X 2008_144
OrganizationLumena Civic Association
Project NameModern Education of Intolerance to Discrimination at Schools
Amount AwardedUSD 26,500.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2009 - May 01, 2010
Project Description

a) Context The majority of the research to date suggests that discrimination based on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, gender, age or sexual orientation is a learned behavior, so children who are acting out in discriminations and aggressive ways may have learned discrimination by repeating the discriminations behavior of adults. With this in mind, one can see why early intervention among students of age from 10 to 18 years is an important element in stopping the cycle of discrimination and learn the tolerant behavior. Teachers and pedagogues daily solve in various manner different social problems like racism and intolerance to differences. Young people need knowledge and their teachers – enacted practices for work in the new social situations. This is the reason a complex and interdisciplinary approach to be needed for systematic development of practices that are new in their sense and scope and supporting the youth development b) Goal and objectives This project aims at transferring good practices in discrimination and violence prevention to BG schools by introducing this project’s action to students’ communities (schools). The team has selected 8 big Bulgarian towns where it will implement the project in a close partnership with other civil society organizations and public institutions. The objectives are: 1. To increase the knowledge and skills of educators/school trainers (educators, psychologists, social workers and teachers tackling student problems at school) on discriminations prevention schooling; 2. To increase the coordination between citizens, teachers and students in prevention of discrimination amongst youths; 3. To develop mainstream tolerance schooling curriculum; 4. To involve the documentary film-show and discussions as a part of modern multimedia lessons in the field of antidiscrimination and tolerance education.

Grant NumberBG_X 2008_139
OrganizationNational Movement Friends of the Earth (NM FoE)
Project NameCivil Contribution to Establishing of Effective and Transparent Food Monitoring System in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 31,607.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2009 - May 31, 2010
Project Description

a) Context EU citizens’ top concern associated with food risk and safety is pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables. Pesticides predominantly enter human body trough food chain. In its recently implemented projects NM FoE identified a lot of missing elements of an effective pesticides policy in Bulgaria. The lack of transparency and public access to information about pesticides residues in food is most worrying. No information is available about the existence (or not) of a National monitoring program; Who exactly is responsible for it; Which products are tested annually; What are the results and how authorities use them for policy change. b) Goal and objectives The project aims at raising the public awareness and understanding of critical issues about the food safety. Its ultimate goal is to provoke the authorities to create an effective monitoring system on food in Bulgaria. The objectives are: 1. To provide sufficient key information about safety of food, concerning toxic chemicals residue, such as: • The link between chronic low-dose exposure and risks to human health, safety limits, most risky food items, vulnerable groups like children and unborn, etc. • The gaps in national policy, legislation and its implementation, responsibilities of authorities, risk control and communication, etc. 2. To promote effectiveness and transparency in food safety mechanism in Bulgaria, generating public debate on pesticide monitoring system, and provoking pressure on public institutions and decision makers from media, groups and individuals.

Websitehttp://www.friends-of-earth.org/
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_129
OrganizationInstitute for Public Environment Development (IPED)
Project Name"Buying votes" or the Death of Local Democracy
Amount AwardedUSD 25,000.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2009 - December 31, 2009
Project Description

a) Context In Bulgaria the voters are bought, while the state agencies and the civil society are not capable of withstanding efficiently that procedure, which results in compromising the idea of procuring political representation by holding elections. Buying votes is a “good investment”, ensuring representation of organized criminal networks and businesses, so called “rings from companies”, at the local governments. Once they got into the local government, the “political” representatives are forming dynamical majorities in the government but not in a political, but rather in economical manner. b) Goal and objectives The project proposal will combine the information collected on terrain in five Bulgarian municipalities, which explores the effects of buying votes and the governing of economical majorities over the life of the local communities. It aims at drawing the attention of civil society and raising public debate over the problem of the consequences of “buying votes” over the life of local communities. The objective is: • The preparation and implementation of methodology and quality indexes about the state and the way of functioning of the local authority organs in a situation of collapsing institutions for political representation.

Websitehttp://iped-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_07
OrganizationAssociation “Partners Dupnitsa”
Project Name“To participate in my life”
Amount AwardedUSD 21,670.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2009 - February 28, 2010
Project Description

The goal of the project “To participate in my life” is to form and test an approach for inclusion of young people in public debates by direct participation in the media. The idea is to ensure necessary theoretical preparation of young people for inclusion and carrying out public debates in the media and to promote the creation of youth program concerning youth issues by young people.

Grant NumberBG_X 2008_95
OrganizationRiskMonitor Foundation
Project NameOrganized Crime as a Public Policy Issue
Amount AwardedUSD 195,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 20, 2009 - April 20, 2012
Project Description

The project addresses the issue of organized crime in Bulgaria and its implications of high level political corruption. It was expected that this phenomenon would disappear once the social and economic transformations were completed but it proved to be a long persisting problem in the country. It has even penetrated the sphere of national political institutions thus being subject of severe critics from the European Commission. The public institutions are not prepared to solve the problem as they react slowly or do not operate with modern methods and lack public support. On the other hand, the citizens have no real understanding of the nature of this phenomenon and thus cannot undertake the necessary civil actions. The expertise provided by other policy institutes or organizations is not sufficient for an effective counteraction.

Websitehttp://www.riskmonitor.bg/
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_79
OrganizationWorkshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation (WCIF
Project NameCommunity: A program for community development and civic engagement
Amount AwardedUSD 331,480.00
Grant PeriodApril 20, 2009 - April 20, 2012
Project Description

The goal of the project is to support the advance of civic engagement in local problem solving and encourage public and private involvement towards securing resources for remote communities and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that operate there for public good. The objectives are: • To address social, economic, cultural and environmental needs of small, poor and/or marginalized communities with increased participation of ordinary people from all segments of those communities in local action and decision-making; • To provide development opportunities to number of local communities through ensuring indigenous additional resources in the form of finance (small grants), human resources (consultants on specific topics), know-how (knowledge, research and practical skills) and networking; • To support the advance of civic activism and encouraging public involvement, stimulate the process of cooperation between the three sectors for public benefit and foster the development of local resource mobilization

Websitehttp://www.wcif-bg.org/en/
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_107
OrganizationBulgarian Charities Aid Foundation
Project NameResponsible Company – Responsible Employees
Amount AwardedUSD 180,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 20, 2009 - April 20, 2012
Project Description

The current picture of Bulgarian philanthropic development presents old problems sharpened by the new economic situation. Citizen engagement with important issues does not translate into giving to NGOs; individual giving remains unplanned; few NGOs place fundraising locally high on their agendas. The project proposal aims at introducing practical models and innovative methods in the sphere of philanthropic employee giving at times of crisis. In addition, the project aims at BECAF institutional strengthening.

Websitehttp://www.bcaf.bg/
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_86
OrganizationCooperation for Voluntary Service – Bulgaria (CVS-Bulgaria)
Project NameTogether is better - developing an efficient network for volunteering
Amount AwardedUSD 44,055.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2009 - April 01, 2010
Project Description

The project goal is to enhance the communication and cooperation between institutions working with volunteers and people willing to volunteer throughout Bulgaria. It also seeks to raise awareness about the importance of volunteering and promote volunteer opportunities in Bulgaria. The team together with the partner organization BlueLink Information Network will develop a data base which could serve both the potential volunteers and the local authorities. It is envisaged that about 30 NGOs working with volunteers and employers will be involved in the project activities.

Websitehttp://cvs-bg.org/bg_index.shtml
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_40
OrganizationNew Bulgarian University
Project NameCreativity in School Daily Life (Active engagement of arts and creativity in school program and life)
Amount AwardedUSD 60,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Project Description

This project seeks to provide an alternative for creating the internal missing links, to compliment the system where it lacks capacity, motivation or power. The project aims at overcoming the crisis of trust in 10 public institutions in Sofia responsible for education of, bringing up and/or caring for children and young people (7 schools, a social home, a day care centre, a hospital) thus decreasing the level of aggression, insecurity, lack of confidence, dependence and deviant behaviour within school and social-care system. It will work for improving the ability of free expression of young people suffering temporal or permanent isolation, alienation, lack of personal motivation or being victims of others’ aggression and violence. (It is statistically proven that these are between 10 and 15 % of all the students at any Bulgarian school.). The project will be proactively increasing the creative potential of more than 400 young people – representing various social layers - through engaging their creative abilities and potentials turned on resolving personal and social problematic. Through engaging other key players (parents, teachers, care-takers, social workers, significant others like wide family relatives, friends outside the school and close-family circle, other schoolmates, etc.) in public discussions and forums, thematic seminars and art presentations it will be reaching and involving directly and indirectly more than 5000 people altogether.

Websitehttp://www.nbu.bg/entrance.php
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_150
OrganizationBulgarian gay organization Gemini
Project NamePolicies for inclusion
Amount AwardedUSD 94,230.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2009 - December 31, 2010
Project Description

The goal of the project is to develop Gemini as sustainable policy institute, where empowered and qualified on LGBT topics experts will have the possibility and tools to cooperate with the public and state institutions to develop inclusion policies and will act as mediator for feedback and communication between the community and the decision makers in order to create social environment for overcoming the existing discriminative attitude towards people with different sexual orientation. It aims at strengthen BGO Gemini as the national LGBT human rights, membership based policy institute, which acts as representative voice for the LGBT community in Bulgaria, with established systems for operational stability, extensive international contacts and capacity to address the demands for social transformation and LGBT inclusion.

Websitehttp://www.bgogemini.org/eng/
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_03
OrganizationValues Foundation
Project NameNational History Competition for School Students from 8th to 12th classes
Amount AwardedUSD 20,264.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2009 - January 30, 2011
Project Description

The main goal of the project is students through independent historical research to find undiscovered or little-known facts and thus to make their own interpretation of the local history. The competition goes beyond the standard type competitions, because it also includes an educational program for students and teachers introducing the technology of working with a research project based on the multi-perspective approach as a new qualitative analysis of the historical resources. Project work begins to enter gradually in the modern education system in Bulgarian schools. Suggested competition topics always are within the field of everyday history which is almost missing or hardly represented in the school text books.

Grant NumberBG_2009_02
OrganizationAssociation “Korektivi”
Project NameThe Big Choice or how we can make the politics interesting
Amount AwardedUSD 20,114.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2009 - September 01, 2009
Project Description

The project proposal aims at translating the politics into young people’s language. It aims to put the politics into a reality form which will be more interesting and attractive for the young people. The objectives are: • To give a real opportunity for the young people to back up arguments for their ideas for Bulgaria in a reality show which is very similar to elections. This will show that the participation and activity can cause a change. • To give an opportunity for real political figures to tell about their political choices and causes in different way. This gives an opportunity for a different type of political discussion outside the party and corruption manner.

Websitehttp://korektivi.org/
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_25
OrganizationBulgarian Photographic Association
Project NameBalkan Documentary Center
Amount AwardedUSD 97,440.00
Grant PeriodMarch 20, 2009 - December 20, 2010
Project Description

The aim of this project is to establish the Balkan Documentary Centre as such a platform for consolidation, cooperation and development. The Centre will give the technical and training base presently lacking to audio-visual projects that nurture a mature civil society on the Balkans. The Centre will be established in Sofia, an easy to access point in the middle of the peninsula. The strategic location will allow reaching the goal of building democracy and freedom together, extending the effects of the Centre’s work on all countries in the region. Documentary will grow into a powerful tool for engaging audiences in the mutual challenges civil society is facing in our region today. The centre will consolidate the creative potential of filmmakers, journalists and media professionals, connect them with institutions endorsing social rights and civil society, and bring the development of documentary films and campaigns up to international standards.

Grant NumberBG_X 2008_21
OrganizationSoutheast European Academic League (SEAL)
Project NameEURO-INTEGRATION AND NATIONALISM ON THE MICRO-LEVEL (EINM) The Role of Education in Promoting Civic Solidarity, Tolerance and Euro-Integration, and in Preventing Reactive Nationalism
Amount AwardedUSD 99,800.00
Grant PeriodMarch 20, 2009 - March 20, 2011
Project Description

The goal of this project is, by using the resources of a small non-governmental organization (SEAL) that will form a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals, to increase awareness about the dangers of nationalism in state educational officials, NGO-allies and general public and to exert pressure on the system of mechanisms and stakeholders for educational change. The educational change itself consists in introducing new education policies aimed at harmonizing traditional “patriotic” and new – civic, Euro-integrative, sensitive towards the problems of minorities and disadvantaged groups – education: this change must identify “bridge” values between patriotism, civic participation and Euro-integration that will serve as a basis for the consolidation of a new social solidarity. At the same time, this project will seek to identify groups, partners and supporters from the educational sphere that could facilitate such a change and actively counter growing nationalist and intolerant attitudes towards ethnic minorities.

Grant NumberBG_X 2008_17
OrganizationNew Culture Foundation - Sofia
Project Name1989 – Mapping the Northwest
Amount AwardedUSD 47,000.00
Grant PeriodMarch 20, 2009 - December 20, 2009
Project Description

This project is to address this asymmetry in perception and the way it affects at least three generations – our parents, us and the next generations born after 1989. The main goal of this project is students from Northwest Bulgaria to map 4 North-western cities by finding and remaking signs of memories of 1989 (the recent past) in those cities and thus to discover 1989 as an interesting topic that is worth to be explored and learnt. We will involve the young people in this creative process, in discussions and debates with well-known writers, artists, journalists, introduce them to different approaches on history and memory, and finally, make them work and create with their own language – computers, graffiti etc – to map their own cities. The project will launch also the so important conversation between generations. It will lay down in a real open-air “map”, open-air museum of the signs of 1989 in 4 North-western cities – Vidin, Montana, Vratza and Varshetz.

Websitehttp://novakultura.org/main-eng.html
Grant NumberBG_X 2008_122
OrganizationFoundation Outward Bound® - Bulgaria (OBB)
Project NameOutward Bound – Bulgaria: expanding the scope of activities
Amount AwardedUSD 25,000.00
Grant PeriodMarch 15, 2009 - February 15, 2010
Project Description

The project aims at expanding the Outward Bound - Bulgaria informational and marketing strategy and activities. This will significantly expand the existing base of potential clients and will create a wider network of businesses, educational and governmental institutions interested to implement OB methodologies and trained to do so. The project will popularize OBB’s challenge-solving and team work methods and will reach out to school teachers, social workers, high-school and university students and institutionalized children thus providing an opportunity to develop their potential through overcoming the challenges and adventures an Outward Bound course offers. The project will increase the business and corporate involvement in OBB’s social programs thus providing additional possibilities for participation of underprivileged children and youth in our courses.

Websitewww.outwardbound-bg.org
Grant NumberBG_2009_01
OrganizationInterSpace Association
Project NameVideo Art Archive of Transition in Central and Eastern Europe - 1989-2009. [Transitland Europa]
Amount AwardedUSD 42,848.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2009 - November 30, 2009
Project Description

The utmost goal of the project is to offer for consideration a perspective to the transition period, as recorder and reflected upon in video art, produced in Central and Eastern Europe in the period 1989-2009. Thus through a very communicative and contemporary in language medium showcasing an inside point of view towards the social, cultural and political processes, the proposed archive would contribute to preserving the memory both for major events and the quotidian of the last 20 years.

Websitehttp://www.i-space.org
Grant NumberBG_2008_08
OrganizationTransparency International – Bulgaria
Project NameCivil Society against buying of electoral votes: the effective civil society control as a factor for conducting fair and democratic elections
Amount AwardedUSD 180,850.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2009 - September 01, 2009
Project Description

The primary goal of the proposed project is to promote integrity in the election campaigns, to mobilize civil society organizations in order to exercise effective control and monitoring over the forthcoming election campaigns in view of prevention of buying of electoral votes and through it to increase the level of integrity of the democratic process in general. Major aims of the proposed initiative are:  To mobilise public support and to exert effective civil society pressure for undertaking adequate measures against the attempts for buying electoral votes and corruption of the electoral process in the upcoming elections for MPs in the 41-th National Assembly and members of the European Parliament in 2009.  To exert real civil society control over the electoral process in order to ensure fair and transparent elections, based on respect for citizen rights and freedoms of voters as well as on respect for international standards of conducting fair and democratic elections.

Websitewww.transparency-bg.org
E-mailmbox@transparency-bg.org
Grant NumberBG_2008_09
OrganizationBulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Project NameLegitimacy through visibility: online database of active Bulgarian NGOs
Amount AwardedUSD 191,180.00
Grant PeriodDecember 01, 2008 - November 30, 2010
Grant NumberBG_2008_07
OrganizationReason Institute
Project NameThe Communist and Nazi Crimes against Humanity and Bulgarian History Textbooks for Primary and Secondary Schools
Amount AwardedUSD 49,800.00
Grant PeriodOctober 06, 2008 - October 06, 2009
Project Description

The goal of the present project is to initiate the updating of history education in Bulgarian primary and secondary schools, to commence the review of the Bulgarian history textbooks for primary and secondary education, to develop new alternative texts presenting the period of the communist regime in an objective and accurate way, to publish an anthology of authentic historical documents, to establish a network of teachers, university lecturers, NGO representatives and other interested parties thus addressing the problems identified under the preceding section. The established network shall initiate a broader public debate on these issues and serve as pressure group on the relevant authorities in order to institutionalize the developed and proposed texts as part of the school history textbooks.

Websitewww.razum.org
Grant NumberBG_2008_06
OrganizationFoundation Media Democracy
Project NameMedia Monitoring Lab
Amount AwardedUSD 76,920.00
Grant PeriodOctober 01, 2008 - September 30, 2009
Project Description

The project is aimed at establishing critical and independent monitoring of the media in Bulgaria with a special focus on the public sphere processes framing the pre-, during and post-election state of affairs in the country in the 2008-2009 period. In its final horizon, the building up of a viable institution for media monitoring is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall media field in harmony with the values of civil society. The monitoring is to be used as an instrument for civic pressure on the media sector.

E-mailgutenberg@abv.bg
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_45
OrganizationShtastlivetza Sofia Civil Association (SSCA)
Project NameA Place for Future
Amount AwardedUSD 74,154.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2008 - September 01, 2009
Project Description

The current project is a new stage in the evolution of the existing organizations and projects linked to sustainable education and science. Its goal is the establishment of a common space and the development of mechanisms of effective interaction among academic circles, civil initiatives and environmental NGO for the promotion, mediation and support of civil environmental initiatives according to the principles of sustainable development. It aims at encouraging and stimulating the network of already existing active university and inter-university student groups or initiatives tackling with various current environmental protection and sustainable development issues. The integration of the core Project’s sustainable development concepts and practices into the students’ curricula and professors’ schedules as internships and traineeships is another very important objective of the proposal. 

Grant NumberBG_2008_05
OrganizationInstitute for Market Economics (IME)
Project NameA Review of the Bulgarian National Audit Office Reports (1999 - 2007)
Amount AwardedUSD 15,500.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2008 - December 31, 2008
Project Description

The project aims at achieving greater transparency, accountability of administration work, enhancing civil society and provoking constructive debates. Its objectives are to: • Create a database with detailed examples of successful and failed programs that would serve as a simple check about new programs or renewal/extension of current • Create a common picture about the successes/failures of government-run programs • Present a well-done, expert analysis based on official information • Activate public debate on government programs and their results • Provide with well-grounded proposals for reform in government programs management and implementation.

Websitewww.ime.bg
E-mailmail@ime.bg
Grant NumberBG/X 2007/168
OrganizationCentre for Independent Living
Project NameDisability rights workshop - shifting paradigms for social change (pilot stage)
Amount AwardedUSD 45,700.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2008 - March 31, 2009
Grant NumberBG_2008_04
OrganizationCommunity Foundation “Mostove nad Tundja” (“Bridges over Tundja”) – Yambol
Project NameKeep on dreaming at any age – together we can make your dreams come true!
Amount AwardedUSD 30,000.00
Grant PeriodJune 01, 2008 - June 01, 2009
Project Description

This project aims to search new ways to help those informal civil associations and enterprising groups in the remote districts and settlements to receive small grants to realize its ideas for improving their areas of life – frame green spaces, keeping and spreading of good national traditions, establishing clubs for the generations and extension of library fund. Main goal of the project is to support small emerging informal civil initiatives to transform into self sustainable civil groups capable of raising resources independently and efficiently pursuing their objectives in the community.

Grant NumberBG_2008_03
OrganizationCommunity Donors Fund Foundation
Project NameSmall Grants for Big Changes
Amount AwardedUSD 48,000.00
Grant PeriodJune 01, 2008 - June 01, 2009
Project Description

Based on the outcomes of this exercise, the Community Donation Fund Stara Zagora wishes to expand upon the lessons learned from this project and share its experiences with similar fledgling organizations in other parts of Bulgaria. This framework project aim: • To develop guidelines and procedures for a small project grants • To initiate and support a group of pilot community based projects • To process the feedback from the implementation of the projects and to update the initial guidelines and procedures • To share experience with the teams in two other towns, by providing training and support for their initiative groups based on the knowledge and experience gained in Stara Zagora • To develop procedures for small grants projects for other groups based on the Stara Zagora experience • Establish a resource centre to share knowledge and experience with other groups

Websitewww.fund-sz.org
E-mailoffice@fund-sz.org
Grant NumberBG_2008_02
Organization“COMMUNITY FUND – PAZARDZHIK” FOUNDATION
Project NameTHE GRANTS - EFFECTIVE STIMUL FOR CIVIL INITIATIVES
Amount AwardedUSD 30,000.00
Grant PeriodJune 01, 2008 - June 01, 2009
Project Description

“Community Fund – Pazardzhik” Foundation has the ambition to approve itself as one of the leading factors of the civil society in the region. Through providing support for the civil activeness and encouraging of the innovative ideas the Foundation aims at being an active participant in the constant striving of the society for living in a better and more civilized world. The goals of the project are: 1. To activate the members of the local community in order to improve the living conditions through showing their potential; 2. To stimulate and support the initiative of the small NGOs and local initiative groups through organizing campaigns; 3. To develop the application of European and world practices and procedures for granting;

Websitewww.ofond-pz.org
E-mailofond_pz@abv.bg
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_81
OrganizationRiskMonitor Foundation
Project NameOrganized Crime: The Response of the Criminal Justice System
Amount AwardedUSD 49,960.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2008 - May 01, 2009
Project Description

The main project goal is to strengthen conditions for efficient and effective response to serious organized crime on the part of the legal system. It will be implemented in three stages:

  • Collecting data base – collecting and making public detailed information on organized crime cases. The intention is to cover some 100 cases typical for organized crimes in the country: drug smuggling, human trafficking, murder, money laundering, etc. The aim will be to find out about procedural, professional or institutional approaches resulting in effectiveness or ineffectiveness through pre- and trial stages.
  • Policy work – this stage consist of elaborating policy document based on analysis of the data collected and interviews conducted with representatives of the judiciary (investigators, prosecutors, judges, and lawyers) as well as independent experts. The paper will focus on establishing a model of more efficient approach in the fight against organized crime.
  • Public discussion – the last stage of the project implementation will be focused on establishing a policy community capable of initiating new policies against organized crime.
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_182
OrganizationBulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation (BLHR)
Project NameEnhancing a Civic-State Mechanism for the Harmonization of National Law with European Standards for Human Rights Protection /Civic-State Mechanism for the Legal Protection of Human Rights/
Amount AwardedUSD 134,960.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2008 - May 01, 2010
Project Description
The present project is focused on the ways capable of guaranteeing protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms “at home” which is in line with the international human rights protection standards. The project is aimed at enhancing the national capacity for a current review of national legislation and practice and elaboration of general measures for execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and bringing of Bulgarian legal system in compliance with the international standards for protection of human rights. The solution BLHR proposes is the formation of expert groups composed of representatives of NGOs and relevant authorities, which will assist the elaboration of the general measures necessary for the execution of the already delivered judgments of the ECtHR against Bulgaria. Other goal of the project is to strengthen capacity of the civil society, and in particular of the relevant NGOs, to participate in the process of monitoring   the compliance of national law and practice with the international human rights standards and elaboration of the necessary measures in this regard.

Dissemination of information is also a decisive step towards achievement of the project goals, as it will contribute for the better understanding of the addressed problems of human rights protection existing at national level and will raise public awareness of the issue.

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_10
OrganizationAccess to Information Programme
Project NameSupport to Access to Information Programme as a Freedom of Information Civic Resource Center (FOICRC)  
Amount AwardedUSD 180,000.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2008 - May 01, 2011
Project Description

This project proposal represents a strategy for sustainable development of Access to Information Program. Its main goal is the development of expert and organizational capacity of Access to Information Program as a Resource centre for advocacy in improving the accountability of public institutions in Bulgaria and in encouraging informed public participation in the decision-making process. The project is focused on two major directions:

·        further developing the expertise of AIP team and
·        further developing the organizational capacity of the Access to Information Program team for self-sustainability.

The project activities will follow the usual organizational work giving the team the opportunity to strengthen its capacity, to become a Resource Centre for expertise, information and professional help.  

Websitehttp://aip-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_97
OrganizationAssociation of Community Foundations in Bulgaria (ACFB)
Project NameTime for Growth: Strategy for Bulgarian Community Foundations development
Amount AwardedUSD 57,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

The proposed project will enable the Community Foundations to test different approaches to different types of donors, to modify their endowment building strategies and make them more feasible in their local environments. The small operation cost grants that will be released by ACFB will enable the CFs to try different approaches and techniques for raising money for endowment. The matching grants will stimulate local donors to consider seriously the option of creating permanent funds at the community foundations. Some initial capital for endowment will be collected.

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_96
Organization''ARTIST'' Foundation
Project NameCivil participation for resolving problems of the children in a risk, by an induction of the new method for social debates- "The World Cafe" in five regional cities in Bulgaria: Pleven, Vidin, Targovishte, Blagoevgrad and Kardjali
Amount AwardedUSD 43,200.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

This project proposal aims at approbating an alternative method of working with the children at risk by mobilizing all interested parties. It will introduce the model of “World café” and will establish five Clubs alike in five towns to serve as centres for debates, communication and interactive activities. The project envisages involving the relevant public institutions who to elaborate municipal strategies and programs adequate to the problem. It will come out after series of discussions with different stakeholders and analysis of the outlined problems and its possible solutions.

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_95
OrganizationCenter for Policy Modernization
Project NameStructural Funds Civic Watch
Amount AwardedUSD 31,920.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

The goal of this project is to contribute to the maximum possible degree to the transparency and accountability in the use of the EU Structural Funds assistance in Bulgaria, in particular those amounts dedicated to Roma inclusion. The team will perform systematic monitoring of the implementation of two Operational Programs – Human Resources and Regional Development – from their kick-off through their evolvement, and of one Framework Program from the perspective of the full inclusion of the Roma population in the public life of Bulgaria. The project proposal aims at increasing the capacity of local Roma organizations to use needs assessment and idea generation tools for designing successful project proposals and participation in the operational programs.

Websitehttp://www.ry2kcc.org
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_86
OrganizationCenter for Anthropology of Places and Communication, Scientific Research Department (NIS)
Project NameTraveling Meydan: Bridging Local Public Spaces in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 43,525.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - May 01, 2009
Project Description

The central problem this project aims to address is the disintegration of the connection between the capital and the regions, between the central elites and the local publics, between the civic culture and politics in Bulgaria. The main goal of the project is through a series of local public debates on a major issue of national importance – migration, to support and enhance the mobility of the civic experience across the national public space, thereby bringing back its unity. Attending to the needs of the local publics for intense communication and serious political debate not only locally, but across the regions and with the capital is the first necessary step towards achieving this.

Websitehttp://nis-su.uni-sofia.bg/indexen.html
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_82
OrganizationBULGARIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF CITIZENS INITIATIVE (BAPCI)
Project NameENABLING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION-MAKING FOR THE BOURGAS-ALEXANDRUPOULIS PIPELINE
Amount AwardedUSD 33,920.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - January 01, 2009
Project Description

The goal of this project is to ensure protection of the environmental rights of the Bulgarian citizens and safeguard the welfare of Bulgarian Black Sea coastal area in connection with the Bourgas- Alexandrupoulis pipeline through the following solutions to the current and expected problems: press for disclosure of vital public information by the authorities, develop broad public awareness of the concrete parameters of the pipeline project and its socio-economic and environmental implications, enable public participation in decision-making regarding the project and/ or citizens’ access to environmental justice, introduce a mechanism of on-going citizens control for the lifetime of the project, in case the pipeline gets approved for construction.

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_77
OrganizationCenter for Economic Development
Project NamePension Reform in Bulgaria – Necessary Next Steps
Amount AwardedUSD 29,500.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - November 01, 2008
Project Description

The overall goal of the proposed project is to contribute to the development of new reform policies in pension insurance. CED will identify and assess the challenges and the achieved results from the implemented three-pillar pension model in Bulgaria in 2001 and will give recommendations about necessary next steps. CED seeks to continue the active collaboration of all stakeholders while drafting and implementing the first phase of the pension reform in Bulgaria. The team will assess the achievements and the challenges of the pension reform and propose the necessary next steps through a combination of desk research, review of literature and sociological study. The new plan will be made accessible to public through debates and on-line discussions.

Websitehttp://www.ced.bg
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_71
Organization“GLASOVE SOCIETY”
Project NameGLASOVE FOR CIVIL ACTION
Amount AwardedUSD 49,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

The goal of the Project is to create, on the basis of the ongoing internet website www.glasove.info, an INTERACTIVE INTERNET MEDIA FOR CIVIL ACTION, originated by a community of people, united to act and to apply pressure on public institutions. The main intention of „Glasove Society” is to organize a community of people which debates, analyzes, identifies and finds solutions; community of people which exercises an effective pressure on the public institutions and the decision makers; community of people which is able to collectively influence the decision making processes and which cares for and preserves its historical, cultural, intellectual and political memory.

Websitehttp://www.glasove.info
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_62
OrganizationNarodno Chitalishte “Future Now”
Project NameActive Citizenship Today (ACT)What is to be a citizen in Bulgaria?
Amount AwardedUSD 67,211.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2010
Project Description

The project aims at increasing young Bulgarian people's knowledge of their rights and obligations as citizens, their awareness and feel of responsibility for the society and its problems, their critical thinking and capability to debate about important public topics, trough developing, testing and launching into practice of a set of e-content, methodology and learning materials about civic education.

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_51
Organization“FRIENDS OF REGIONAL ETHNOGRAPHY MUSEUM CLUB,” PLOVDIV - ASSOCIATION FOR PRIVATE BENEFIT WITH NON-FOR-PROFIT PURPOSE
Project NameCIVIC EDUCATION IN THE SPHERE OF CULTURE: CULTURE AS RESOURCE FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
Amount AwardedUSD 43,180.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

The project aims at provoking public discussions about the role and significance of museums as institutions for dialogue in the society and between diverse social groups. Its goal is to structure, provoke and support active civic behaviour locally and at national level (at regional and European in perspective) in the sphere of culture – to improve the way of life and support the social interests, to extend the practice and support the work for non-profit purposes and create partnership networks. The project aims at establishing a national federation of clubs named “Friends of Museums” which will play a role of centres for public debates and incentives for civic participation in programmes for local development. The team will work in several Bulgarian cities known for their cultural heritage with potential to contribute to the strategies for local development. 

Websitehttp://www.ethnograph.info
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_41
OrganizationClub of Non-Governmental Organizations – Targovishte
Project Name“A Model for Third Sector Sustainable Partnerships”
Amount AwardedUSD 75,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2010
Project Description

The current project is an opportunity to be conceptually reflective and establish a genuine dialogue with a wide circle of civil society stake-holders about the future of partnership working in the project regions and - as much as possible – in Bulgaria as a whole. The project seeks to build capacity in the third sector through developing mechanisms for creating sustainable partnership structures among civil society actors. To this end, the project aims to develop and launch a practical model for sustainable partnerships which can be used by a wide range of NGOs and other civil society stake-holders who seek to consolidate their work and build capacity through coalitions, consortiums, networks, and other formal or informal forms of unity.

Websitehttp://www.clubngo.org
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_26
Organization“THEATRE TSVETE” ASSOCIATION
Project NameYouth Theatre-Discussion Clubs Network “Citizens of Europe”
Amount AwardedUSD 98,980.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - June 01, 2009
Project Description

The project presents the conviction that true and lasting democracy can’t exist if the citizens don’t understand and appreciate democratic values. The impact of the first phase of our project exceeded the expectations destroying the popular assumptions (taken for granted) that young people in Bulgaria are passive, disinterested, alienated by the social problems in the country were broken down. During the Phase II we aim to continue persuading and demonstrating to the Local authorities in 7 Bulgarian middle-sized towns that they MUST provide local informal environment where young people will be encouraged, stimulated and trained to contribute for developing a healthy civil society thus influencing their own future. Another goal of the project from the methodological point of view is to present the Forum Theatre as an effective method for informal civic education.

Websitehttp://www.theatretsvete.org
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_165
OrganizationBulgarian Charities Aid Foundation
Project NameWork, Engage, Give!
Amount AwardedUSD 50,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

The project aims to develop planned employee giving and volunteering as a corporate policy in order that employee contributions become important source for funding and support to Bulgarian civil society. Coherent corporate policies will certainly overcome the weaknesses of individual giving and volunteering. Workplace presents a framed space where employees can be targeted to improve the quality and quantity of their giving. The employers have a direct benefit from involving employees in community projects, which will be demonstrated and promoted during the project. Volunteering is the step to continuous support for charitable cause. Volunteering allows people to know and ‘live’ with the cause. Volunteering most naturally educates philanthropists who will support civil society needs lifelong.

Websitehttp://www.bcaf.org
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_138
OrganizationInfoSpace
Project NamePublic eye
Amount AwardedUSD 150,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - October 01, 2010
Project Description

The project goal is, therefore, to strengthen and widen the influence of Mediapool – through ensuring its durability and sustainability – as a media factor which gives the floor to the expression of clear opinions in favour of the civil society, not being related to political or business circles and being an alternative to the manipulative wide-circulation media of tabloid style. To promote the values of independent journalism and its highest professional standards through producing high-quality content in an accessible format, understandable by the readers. To raise public awareness and citizens’ knowledge of worthy information, stimulating the general public and encouraging groups of citizens to be socially active through providing an appropriate forum for them to exchange opinions, to question the policy-makers and to receive feedback in an atmosphere of accountability and transparency. 

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_127
OrganizationCommunity group living on Konstantin Irechek St., Sofia
Project NameMobilization of the citizens for better living environment in the neighborhood of Konstantin Irechek St. in Sofia and stimulation of the establishment of a grassroots neighborhood organization
Amount AwardedUSD 4,110.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

The activities proposed under the present project address the problems and needs identified. They aim at mobilizing citizens’ participation in a grassroots neighbourhood community convinced that the living environment could be improved by their own efforts and in constructive dialogue and collaboration with the municipal authorities. The project aims at solving the identified problems by achieving the following two main goals:

  1. To mobilize the community in the neighbourhood of Konstantin Irechek St. in Sofia for better living environment and to stimulate the establishment of a grassroots neighbourhood organization;
  2. To disseminate the good practice to the other neighbourhoods in Krasno Selo region of Stolichna Municipality, and to the civil society in general.

 

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_126
OrganizationAnimus Association Foundation
Project NameMapping and Networking Prevention Services, NGOs and Programs in the Domestic Violence Sector in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 70,449.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

In order to provoke real change in Bulgarian society’s attitude towards domestic violence and to activate stronger state involvement, a short lived media prevention campaign would not be sufficient. There is an urgent need for better structured cross-sector cooperation among prevention and service providers. There exist effective local networks which are used also by Animus on case by case bases, when a concrete need occurs. However, NGOs from the various regions rarely communicate or work with each other and there is no cohesive regional and national outlook. This project aims at opening up the space for such a forum and further develops those partnerships in a formalized, cohesive network. The mapping of the existing prevention resources in Bulgaria will allow the Association to bring them together, so that they can share their experiences and best practices, which at a later stage of the project will enable to codify an experience based and victim centred prevention approach.

Websitehttp://www.animusassociation.org
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_123
OrganizationEuropean Law Society (ELS)
Project NamePRO BONO – SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF LEGAL PROFESSIONS
Amount AwardedUSD 49,500.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - July 01, 2009
Project Description

The project’s goal is to develop sustainable model of social responsibility of legal professions (SRLP) through establishment of clearing house to mediate between the legal professions and legal clinics and NGOs, who provide legal assistance. It aims also at providing reliable data to serve as advocacy tool in leveraging access to justice policies and changing attitudes of legal professions in regards to their social responsibility.

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_107
OrganizationBulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC)
Project NameIndependent Review of the Effectiveness of the Anti-Discrimination Regime in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 10,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

As a novel instrument in a society with no significant traditions of practical anti-discrimination, the ADL needs to be assessed in terms of its practical effect based on the fashion its enforcers (the courts and the specialized equality body) construe it, and on the influence it has on the lives of underprivileged individuals and groups. Such a review is prerequisite for future informed and targeted policy-making designed to maximize society’s chances for substantive equality in practice. Key for the validity of any such review is the involvement of civil society and beneficiary groups, whose feedback is essential for a proper analysis of the achievements and failures of the normative regime. This project means to help correct the status quo of informational and analytical blankness by gathering and analyzing data regarding the content and quality of the case law produced under the ADL, as well as the perceptions of representatives of the vulnerable groups meant to be protected by the law as to that law’s accessibility, practicality and effectiveness.

Websitehttp://www.bghelsinki.org
Grant NumberBG_2008_01
OrganizationInstitute RAZUM
Project Name“Bulgaria- 1968.Sofia Summer vs. Prague Spring”
Amount AwardedUSD 49,300.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2008 - October 01, 2008
Project Description

The project “Sofia Summer vs. Prague Spring” offers a new point of view towards the events in 1968, presenting information about the scale of censorship at that time and the means of manipulation, which were used by the totalitarian government when the danger of democratization was in sight. This research will provide documents as an evidence about the communist propaganda; a different look at the events that shook the Eastern Block and predetermined the fall of Berlin Wall 20 years later. 40 years after the events in Czechoslovakia, the project presents two parallel realities – Prague Spring and Sofia Summer in 1968. How did the communist propaganda, through the coverage on Bulgarian National Television, Bulgarian National Radio and newsreels shown in cinemas at that time present the situation in Czechoslovakia? Nowadays stories and memories of people who were involved - a comparison between their point of view and the documentary scenes presented to Bulgarian audience in 1968.

Grant NumberBG_X 2007_42
OrganizationEuropean Institute Foundation
Project NameThink together to include the young people in the decision making process
Amount AwardedUSD 49,040.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2008 - March 01, 2009
Project Description

The project aims at overcoming the apathy and non participation of young people in Bulgaria and more specifically at:

  • including young people of Bulgaria in the debate on the country’s future;
  • stimulating the dialogue between young people and political bodies on the issues of solidarity;
  • encouraging the opportunity of young people to get included in the decision making process on local, national and international level.

 

Websitehttp://www.europeaninstitute.bg
Grant NumberBG_X 2007_01
OrganizationIKAR Association
Project NameTHE LAW IS NOT ENOUGH / SILENCE IS BROKEN /
Amount AwardedUSD 44,270.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2008 - September 01, 2009
Project Description

The project aims at creating supporting environment for the women-victims of discrimination at work and build up a “bridge” between the concrete target group and the relevant institutions. The methodology is based on an innovative approach for social influence that will be applied for first time in Bulgaria. The goal is to be achieved through the means of the social theatre, juridical consultation, training, media campaign, science research and drawing up of statistic data.

Websitehttp://www.inthename.net/ikar
Grant NumberBG_2007_09
OrganizationBulgarian School of Politics
Project NameCivic Campaign To Make a Choice
Amount AwardedUSD 50,000.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2007 - February 01, 2008
Project Description

This initiative aims at encouraging civil society groups to shape the local election campaign in Bulgaria (October, 2007) around real issues and to make sure that citizens will make informed choice based on familiarity with the candidates and their election programs before the actual start of the elections.  The focus of the initiative will be the organization of public discussions with mayoral candidates and leaders of ballot lists of candidates from municipal councils from selected municipalities.

Websitehttp://www.schoolofpolitics.org
Grant NumberBG_2007_08
OrganizationBulgarian Sociological Association
Project NameBuilding Civic Awareness of Our European Responsibilities
Amount AwardedUSD 37,965.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2007 - January 31, 2009
Project Description

The goals of the project are focused on the creation of informational preconditions (prospective social values) for permanent public policies for the formation of responsibility oriented civic awareness. This includes enhancing the capacity of civil society for public partnership in implementing government policies.

Grant NumberBG_2007_07
OrganizationInternational Healthcare and Health Insurance Institute BG
Project NameStrengthening the Capacity of Patient Organizations to Participate in the Decision-Making Process in the Field of Healthcare in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 43,292.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2007 - August 01, 2008
Project Description

The overall goal of the project is to increase the role of patient organizations in the civil society in Bulgaria and to strengthen their participation in the decision-making process in the field of healthcare, by collaborating in an informal network.

Websitehttp://www.zdrave.net/
Grant NumberBG_2007_02
OrganizationThe Red House - Center for Culture and Debate
Project NameThe Other Public Space
Amount AwardedUSD 99,917.00
Grant PeriodJuly 01, 2007 - July 01, 2010
Project Description

The aim of the project is to promote the next generation of opinion leaders, including those living outside the capital city and to create a 'workshop' for civic arguments, language and debating. Its objective is to reinforce The Red House Center for Culture and Debate as the place where civic voices and socially engaged positions are articulated and debated, as well as a place where marginalized voices in society are given the floor. The goals of the project are planned to be achieved by any form of creative expression (topical debates, public discussions, lectures, issue-centered documentary film screenings) that successfully brings to the spotlight an important condition of the social and human reality of today. The events are going to be structured under four issue-groups and within this framework there will be approximately eighty events in the course of twelve months.

Websitehttp://www.redhouse-sofia.org/
Grant NumberBG_2007_06
OrganizationBulgarian School of Politics
Project NameProgram Grant for the Development of the Bulgarian School of Politics
Amount AwardedUSD 150,200.00
Grant PeriodJune 01, 2007 - June 01, 2010
Project Description

The aim of the project is to strengthen the development capacity of the Bulgarian School of Politics and to reinforce its ability to disseminate new civil and political leadership culture based on understanding and implementation of the core principles of good governance such as the rule of law, legitimacy, transparency, accountability, accessibility and respect for human rights.

Websitehttp://www.schoolofpolitics.org/
Grant NumberBG_2007_05
OrganizationInstitute for Studies of the Recent Past
Project NameKnowledge and Memory Policies: Recent Bulgarian Past and its Public (Mis)Uses
Amount AwardedUSD 169,000.00
Grant PeriodJune 01, 2007 - June 01, 2010
Project Description

The project aims at the stimulation and support for the public's interest and critical reflection on the recent communist past and the transition period; accumulation and consolidation of new and existing documental knowledge, exploration of unknown facts and recently opened resources and their public availability, etc.

Websitehttp://www.minaloto.org/en/ind2_en.htm
Grant NumberBG_2007_04
OrganizationBulgarian Center for Non-for-Profit-Law
Project NameKey Strategy Directions for BCNL 2007-2010
Amount AwardedUSD 99,920.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2007 - May 01, 2010
Project Description

This is an institutional and strategic grant to support BCNL organizational development. BCNL has identified three interlinked priority areas of work for the next three years: improvement of the legal and financial framework for NGOs for their better financial sustainability; assistance to NGOs to know and use legal provisions and regulations; NGO/Government Partnership especially in the area of social contracting at the local level. BCNL will support the introduction of the legislative proposals in Parliament and will monitor the entire legislative process.

Websitehttp://www.bcnl.org/
Grant NumberBG_2007_03
OrganizationInter-Ethnic Initiative for Human Rights Foundation (IEI)
Project NameAdvocacy for Minority Rights
Amount AwardedUSD 99,988.00
Grant PeriodMay 01, 2007 - July 01, 2009
Project Description

The general aim of the project is to increase institutional and public sensitivity to issues related to the protection and integration of minorities and about international and European standards in this area.

Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_65
OrganizationWorkshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation
Project NameBeyond Accession: Local Resources Revisited
Amount AwardedUSD 139,500.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2007 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

The main goal of the project is to contribute to the development of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and their relations with relevant stakeholders towards: maximizing the prospects of CSOs sustainability after Accession; preparing CSO counterparts from other sectors to benefit from and further develop the potential of the non-profit community. The main instruments will be  capacity building, professional development and targeted small grants.

Websitehttp://www.wcif-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_52
OrganizationFoundation Open Society Institute - Sofia
Project NameEmpowerment of the Powerless
Amount AwardedUSD 300,000.00
Grant PeriodApril 01, 2007 - April 01, 2009
Project Description

The general goal of the project is to contribute to the social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups (minorities, single parents, elderly people, people with disabilities, people living in remote and isolated villages etc.) by advocacy and mobilizations of  social solidarity. OSI will provide a number of small grants to community based marginalized groups or NGOs and to NGO families' engaged in advocacy campaigns. A team of qualified experts will provide an on-going consultancy (coaching and technical assistance) for the grant scheme project implementation. A forum for exchange of know-how and lessons learnt will be conducted annually to enable grant schemes impact assessment of both community actions and policy level.

Websitehttp://www.osf.bg/
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_94
OrganizationBulgarian Helsinki Committee
Project NameAssistance for the Reform in Bulgaria's Penitentiary Institutions
Amount AwardedUSD 43,050.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - September 01, 2008
Project Description

The project goal is to give an impetus to the reform of the penitentiary institutions. A second goal is prevention of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment of detainees in penitentiary institutions. This goal will be achieved by means of investigation the problem and elaborating concrete strategies for prisons and investigation facilities. The organization will conduct systematic monitoring of prisons, prison hostels, investigation detention facilities, juvenile reformatory institutions, and will publish analyses of the general conditions of detention.  Strategic litigation will be used as mechanism to promote the international standards.

Websitehttp://www.bghelsinki.org/
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_48
OrganizationDepartment Philosophy and Sociology at the New Bulgarian University - Sofia
Project NameCivic Education for a Civil Society
Amount AwardedUSD 40,820.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - March 01, 2010
Project Description

The main goal of the project is to create and test a complete new conception of Civic Education in Bulgarian Schools as a particular subject; to develop and discuss the educational goals, the content of the subject, the educational standards, a test-textbook, and a program for the supplementary qualification of teachers. Discuss the concept in 3 conferences with participation of Bulgarian scholars, school teachers and officials from the Ministry of Education and Science and from the communal authorities; promote the project's results in Bulgarian print and electronic media.

Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_33
OrganizationCommunity Center for Youth Ternipe - Simitli
Project NameWe Can
Amount AwardedUSD 7,900.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - March 01, 2009
Project Description

The main goal of the project is to promote the growth and leadership of Simitli's youth with a focus on Roma youth through creation of a monthly publication in a magazine format, published on voluntary base by a group of youth form different ethnic background.

Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_28
OrganizationLumena Civic Association
Project NameViolence Prevention at Schools - Citizens Partnership and Control,  Empowering Democracy in Communities
Amount AwardedUSD 27,950.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - December 01, 2007
Project Description

The main goal of the project is to support the participation of the communities in violence-prevention education at school and  develop capacity of educators from selected pilot municipalities to deal with the issue.

Websitehttp://www.lumena.respectbg.com/
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_26
OrganizationAssociation of Parks in Bulgaria
Project NameVoices for Protected Areas
Amount AwardedUSD 44,065.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - November 01, 2007
Project Description

The main goal of the project is to educate and empower the public concerning their role as citizens in terms of preserving Bulgarian Natural heritage. The project has the objectives to encourage consolidation among the civil society actors and build partnership and cross-sectoral cooperation between civil society actors and protected areas management bodies; to raise public awareness, knowledge and understanding regarding the national ecological network Natura 2000.

Websitehttp://www.bg-parks.net/
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_20
OrganizationNGO Links
Project NameWhat Policy for the Roma in Bulgaria? - A National Deliberative Poll
Amount AwardedUSD 78,750.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - June 01, 2007
Project Description

The project proposes an innovative approach to use the deliberative poll method to assist the development of adequate public policies regarding the Roma communities. The event itself and its extensive media coverage will help raise public awareness that the Roma problem is a problem of Bulgarian society as a whole.

Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_16
OrganizationInternational Center for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations
Project NameMinority Rights and Inter-ethnic Relations in Municipalities with Diverse      Population
Amount AwardedUSD 33,500.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - September 01, 2008
Project Description

The project will monitor the actual protection of minorities' rights in two Bulgarian municipalities with ethnically and religiously diverse population and will study the inter-ethnical/inter-religious relations in both municipalities (by interviews with the municipal administration and citizens). The outcomes will help the municipal authorities to increase their capacity to address the needs of their constituencies; to improve the communication between citizens and administration.

Websitehttp://www.imir-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_15
OrganizationIKAR Association - Haskovo, Bulgaria
Project NameMaria In a Box
Amount AwardedUSD 14,900.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - October 01, 2007
Project Description

The project aims at engaging women with social and physical problems into seeking solutions of their problems by using the power of theater. The performances are intended to provoke public debates regarding the problems of women with special needs, different cultural background, victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual harassment at their workplace.

Websitehttp://www.inthename.net/ikar
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_132
OrganizationSoutheast European League
Project NameFacing the Challenge of Nationalism
Amount AwardedUSD 67,000.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - December 01, 2007
Project Description

The project objective is to  engage key educational actors and stakeholders into research, debates and activities, dealing with the surge in nationalist discourse and manifestations. The participants academics, doctoral students and school teachers will propose models for curriculum transformation in the area of "patriotic education" while at the same time catalyzing public opinion pressure for educational change toward a different set of values - inclusive civic education with a European dimension.  

Websitehttp://www.seal-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_127
OrganizationSpecial Olympics Bulgaria
Project NameChanging Attitudes - Changing the Schools
Amount AwardedUSD 28,000.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - December 01, 2007
Project Description

The aim of the program is to help reverse the stereotypical attitudes of youths without disabilities towards their peers with intellectual disabilities through joint participation in discussion and events. The program "SO Get into It!" will be introduced in partnering schools.

Websitehttp://www.specialolympics.dir.bg/
Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_08
OrganizationSimply Friends
Project NameYoung Leaders of Topolovgrad
Amount AwardedUSD 10,700.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - March 01, 2008
Project Description

The objectives of this project are to involve young people in local government; inspire them to develop and apply critical thinking skills; establish a closer relationship between academic concepts and a practical application of democratic principles in the context of local government; promote the idea that office in local government is a worthy career goal and that students are the leaders of tomorrow. Within the project student elections will be conducted for youth Mayor and City Council president and members. Municipality will host a student "Walk in my shoes" days to demonstrating that high office in local government is a worthy career goal.

Grant NumberBG_IX 2006_05
OrganizationPublic Cultural Center Eldorod - Sevlievo
Project NameCitizens for the Accountability of Local Public Institutions
Amount AwardedUSD 6,300.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - November 01, 2007
Project Description

This project aims at facilitating the local community to become involved in monitoring local government and influence social, economic and political policy. It will increase the level of communication between citizens, government and business through the establishment of local initiative groups with one representative from each local village to monitor and report on municipal policies.

Websitehttp://club-eldorod.com/php/library.php
Grant NumberBG_2007_01
OrganizationCenter for Advanced Study Sofia, Bulgaria (CAS)
Project NameShaken Order: Authority and Social Trust in Post-Communist Societes
Amount AwardedUSD 99,753.00
Grant PeriodMarch 01, 2007 - October 01, 2009
Project Description

The project seeks to investigate the dynamics of authority and social trust, especially the overall tendency towards their deterioration, in the field of law in the specific context of the European post-Communist societies. The main objectives of the project are: to identify the systemic, structural and epistemological preconditions of the profound changes of authority and social trust; to study the effects of these processes on the social (in)stability and the possibilities for institutional reforms in the field of law; to interrogate the heuristic potential of the existing theoretical traditions in the problem area of the project and to generate some new ideas and approaches.

Websitehttp://www.cas.bg/
Grant NumberBG_2006_01
OrganizationCommunity Donors' Fund Foundation
Project NameSmall Grants for Big Changes
Amount AwardedUSD 34,000.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2007 - January 01, 2008
Grant NumberCBI/2006/04
OrganizationSofia University
Project NameInternational conference Sofia 2006 - globalization, digitalization, access and prevention of cultural heritage
Amount AwardedUSD 7,000.00
Grant PeriodOctober 01, 2006 - October 31, 2006
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_92
OrganizationInfospace Foundation
Project NameIn the spotlight
Amount AwardedUSD 75,400.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - September 01, 2007
Project Description

Providing information, drawing public attention and provoking public debates on the hottest issues in Bulgarian public life: the rule of law, the disclosure of the files of the totalitarian secret police and the scandals involving public figures. Creating a specialized rubric to present "the kitchen" of the judicial system; to create a comprehensive "Electronic media records" of the "hottest" topics, people, conflicts and events for stimulating the journalism to turn into serious evidence based public discussions.

Grant NumberBG_III 2006_46
OrganizationNGOs Center, Razgrad
Project NameTransparent and Effective Court System in North-eastern Bulgaria, enjoying growing public credibility
Amount AwardedUSD 46,840.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - September 01, 2007
Project Description

Transparent and service-oriented judicial system in North-eastern Bulgaria. Representatives of the Judiciary are aware of the specific needs of the socially disadvantaged citizens and act accordingly during the court hearings in the five Regional and District Courts. The local community is informed about the obligation of the judiciary to provide fair trial to socially disadvantaged citizens, who act as a civic watchdog.

Websitehttp://ngo-rz.hit.bg/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_38
OrganizationACCESS - Sofia Foundation
Project NamePublic Council on Implementing the National Anti-Corruption Strategy
Amount AwardedUSD 16,400.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - September 01, 2007
Project Description

To strengthen the cooperation between government controlled and civil society structures in a process of anti-corruption measures. To create better public and media environment for implementing the second  National Anti-corruption strategy in Bulgaria (adopted in early 2006) through establishing a Public Council to monitor the strategy

Websitehttp://www.access-sofia.org/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_149
OrganizationTheatre Tsvete
Project NameTheatre Tsvete National Youth Net of Theatrical-discussion clubs „Citizens of Europe"
Amount AwardedUSD 89,960.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - October 01, 2007
Project Description

To encourage young participation and contribution for developing a healthy civic society. To establish Youth Clubs in 7 towns in Bulgaria where young people could be prepared and supported in informal environment to articulate their own concerns, involving them in decision making and problem solving on a local level. To support local government in strengthening the cross-sectoral cooperation for generating public good.

Websitehttp://www.theatretsvete.org/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_133
OrganizationInstitute for Regional and International Studies
Project NameCitizens' Audit - Enhancing Civic Participation in the Municipal Budgetary Process in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 17,990.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - September 01, 2007
Project Description

Enhancing the participation of civil society in Bulgaria in public policy formation through the "budget advocacy" approach. Strengthening the non-profit sector capacity to address critical societal and policy issues. Building budget literacy and capacity to influence decision-making among different groups of active citizens, local and business communities; establishing citizens' budget advocacy groups engaged in municipal budgeting process; creating formal spaces for civic involvement on municipal level; planning models to further replicate the project achievements.

Websitehttp://www.iris-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_132
OrganizationExpert Group for Transparent and Effective Cultural Policy
Project NameCivic support for transparent and effective policy-making in a public sector under reform
Amount AwardedUSD 15,000.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - September 01, 2007
Project Description

Enhancing the accountability, transparency and effectiveness of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture (MoC). Access to the information on the work of Moc; stimulating active participation of experts from the cultural sector  and academic community in the definition of policy objectives and priorities; raising the public awareness about the cultural policy reform.

Websitehttp://culturalpolicy.dir.bg/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_112
OrganizationCERMES - Centre for European Refugees, Migration and Ethnic Studies at the New Bulgarian University
Project NameInvisible Communities: Being a Woman Abroad
Amount AwardedUSD 27,500.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - September 01, 2008
Project Description

Enrichment of the cultural diversity by new immigration groups - Chinese, Lebanese, Afghan, Iraqi, Kurd, Ethiopian, etc. and emphasizes the gender dimension. The project addresses two target groups: women immigrants and Bulgarian youth.

Websitehttp://www.matra.hit.bg/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_107
OrganizationChitalishte Development Foundation
Project NameBulgarian Traditional Community Centers (Chitalishte) - Catalysts of Local Cross-sector Partnerships for Sustainable Development and Mediators of Civic Participation in Rural Areas
Amount AwardedUSD 58,900.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - May 01, 2008
Project Description

To enhance civic participation in Bulgarian rural areas. To build the capacity and effectiveness of rural Chitalishte to catalyze cross-sector partnerships for local development initiatives; to establish models of successful cross sector cooperation - Local Development Initiative Committees (LDIC); to promote the successful grassroots civic initiatives and cross sector partnerships in rural areas; to promote rural chitalishte as strategic partner for local development.

Websitehttp://www.chitalishte.bg/
Grant NumberBG-III 2006-09
OrganizationCentre for Independent Living
Project NameDisability policies monitor
Amount AwardedUSD 36,500.00
Grant PeriodSeptember 01, 2006 - February 28, 2008
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_58
OrganizationTax & Spending Watch
Project NameTax & Spending Watch
Amount AwardedUSD 10,000.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2006 - August 01, 2007
Project Description

The project aims at enhancing the accountability, transparency, and effectiveness of public institutions by focusing on the instrument of taxing and spending. To raise public awareness of the importance of transparency of tax policies of the government; to raise public awareness of the importance of transparency of public spending; to challenge particular taxing & spending programs by applying benefit & costs analysis or commenting the one provided by the government.

Grant NumberBG_III 2006_24
OrganizationAssociation for European Integration and Human Rights
Project NameCivil control over the administration and over administering the jurisdiction
Amount AwardedUSD 26,333.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2006 - July 01, 2007
Project Description

To rouse civil society to action and to establish democratic practices of public control over the legality of the acts of the executive. The project will also be aimed at developing practice under the new administrative procedures law - Code of Administrative Procedure (CAP), in force from 12 July 2006

Websitehttp://www.eurorights-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_131
OrganizationInstitute for Market Economics
Project NameIncreasing Efficiency of Regulations and Public Institutions Through Analyses and Information
Amount AwardedUSD 31,100.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2006 - July 01, 2007
Project Description

Enhancing the efficiency of Bulgarian public institutions to increased transparency of the fiscal process. Improving public and administration understanding of the efficiency of the regulatory process. Promoting RIA as a necessary tool for carrying out better regulation.

Websitehttp://www.ime.bg/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_129
OrganizationTransparency International - Bulgaria
Project NamePromoting Transparency through Advocacy:
The Challenge of Counteracting Corruption
Amount AwardedUSD 25,000.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2006 - August 01, 2007
Project Description

To contribute to limiting the risk of embezzlement of public resources and harming major public interests by transparency and civil society monitoring. To set up the necessary background for elaborating a consistent anti-corruption policy of the government and major political stakeholders; to increase the capacity of indigenous NGOs in anti-corruption advocacy in public procurement and health care; to outline the main forms of corruption; to draw active plans for civil society monitoring on the implementation of anti-corruption measures; to draw the public attention to the presented problem and consolidate a common public position on the issue.

Websitehttp://www.transparency-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_III 2006_125
OrganizationPaideia Foundation
Project NameTransparent school: initiative, participation, responsibility. Civic initiative for involvement of local communities in management and control of school education in the municipality
Amount AwardedUSD 93,430.00
Grant PeriodAugust 01, 2006 - September 01, 2008
Project Description

To enhance the accountability and effectiveness of public school education  system through effective involvement of local  communities in the management and control of school education on the territory of municipalities. Identifying the areas in which local community is prepared to be proactive; setting a public mechanism for interaction between stakeholders in school education; raising the capacity of stakeholders in school education; making proposals for improving the legislative framework; ensuring wide public support for improving the legislative framework.

Websitehttp://www.paideiafoundation.org/
Grant NumberBG_2004_04
OrganizationWorkshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation
Project NameEfficiency and Effectiveness for Change
Amount AwardedUSD 250,000.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2004 - December 01, 2004
Websitehttp://www.wcif-bg.org/
Grant NumberBG_2004_03
OrganizationGreen Balkans Federation of Nature Conservation NGOs
Project NameDevelopment of Civil Society in Border Areas through Establishment of an NGO Network for Advocacy
Amount AwardedUSD 150,000.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2004 - December 01, 2004
Websitehttp://www.greenbalkans.org/
Grant NumberBG_2004_02
OrganizationOpen Society Institute - Sofia
Project NameStrategy for Strengthening the Sustainability of the Nongovernmental Sector in Bulgaria
Amount AwardedUSD 350,000.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2004 - December 01, 2004
Websitehttp://www.osf.sk
Grant NumberBG_2004_01
OrganizationBulgarian Charities Aid Foundation
Project NameAn Optimistic Look at NGOs and Domestic Resources
Amount AwardedUSD 280,000.00
Grant PeriodJanuary 01, 2004 - December 01, 2004
Websitehttp://www.cafonline.org/bcaf
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