1. Increased citizen participation in civic activities
2. Strengthened civil society advocacy and watchdog role
3. Vulnerable groups empowered
4. Increased support for civic education and media literacy
5. Increased capacity and sustainability of civil society sector and individual civil society organisations
The aim of strategic grants is to focus on acceptance and enforcement of systemic changes especially in topics like role of the civil society organizations, civic activities in watchdog, privatization/politicisation of public posts, political interference into independent public agenda, measures on social inclusion of vulnerable groups and application of their rights, mitigation of poverty and social exclusion on the central level, promotion of gender equality, higher civic participation and awareness of the active citizen role, strengthening of the tools for information verification and detecting misinformation, increased media literacy, and enforcement of law on the Paris Agreement, etc.
Mid-sized grants are suitable for support and stabilization of large and smaller non-profit organizations. Projects with potential for sustainability and further dissemination of good practice will be supported.
Action grants enable organizations to react to actual challenges. Local projects, networking in the region, informal initiatives (grass-root) will be supported
Matching grants support projects amounting to 50% of funding, providing an additional 50% (a crowdfunding campaign carried out by grant participants in cooperation with a grant intermediary). Part of the grant support is education in methods of communication and crowdfunding.
Change the system: First call for proposals on strategic grants in Active Citizens Fund programme
The Open Society Fund Prague and Committee of Good Will – Olga Havel Foundation on behalf of a consortium of the Active Citizens Fund announces a call for proposals on strategic grants which will provide financial support for civil society activities and strengthening its role in the process of sustainable systemic change. Grants will contribute to the long term efficient cooperation among civil society organizations with the focus on positive change in multiple areas. In this call, projects with outcomes Strengthened civil society advocacy and watchdog role, Vulnerable groups empowered and Increased support for civic education and media literacy will be supported.
The deadline for the application submission is November 4, 2019 at noon (12:00 pm).
The selection process of the project applications reflects principles of the programme: it is transparent and does not tolerate any elements of corruption. The selection procedures (formal control and expert evaluation) are carried out without any risk of conflict of interest between the applicant and the evaluator. All evaluators and members of selection committees are bound by Ethical Guidelines for Project Evaluators and Selection Committee Members and the Declaration of no conflict interest declaring the objectivity of the selection process and exclusion of any conflict of interest.
a) Formal Control
The formal control (review of administrative and eligibility criteria) follows the next working day after the call for proposals deadline and is finalised within 10 working days. All criteria are reviewed in all submitted applications (detailed list of these criteria is available in the checklist at the end of this call for proposals and in the Guide).
b) Evaluation of Applications by Expert Evaluators
Each project application complying with the administrative and eligibility criteria is scored by two impartial and independent evaluators who assess the quality of the applications. Applications are assigned to the evaluators by lot. The evaluation process is based on evaluation criteria with score.
c) The Selection Committee
The selection committee evaluates the list of project applications ranked by the arithmetic average. The selection committee is an external body of independent experts and representatives of the FO who represent equally outcomes and programme areas of each call for proposal. The result of the selection committee meeting is a ranked list of projects recommended for support, projects recommended for support with conditions, projects on the reserve list and rejected projects.
d) The Programme Executive Board
The programme executive board confirms selection of the projects for funding, including the reserve list and can propose changes to the list if justified.
e) The OSF Prague Board of Trustees / The Vdv Board of Trustees
The OSF Prague board of trustees/The VDV board of trustees approves finally the list of projects recommended for funding by the programme executive board.
Information on the Results of the Evaluation
A list of supported projects is published on the programme website as well as on websites of each consortium member. All applicants will be notified about the results of the evaluation process within 10 working days from the final decision. On the top of that it will take place within 20 weeks of the date of the call closure the latest.