NGO Programme 2009-2014
Total allocation: €63.4 million
Allocation to NGO Programme: €6.3 million
Non-governmental organisations are the backbone of the Greek civil society. From the Greek branches of international NGOs and nation-wide NGOs to local grassroots organisations, civil society in Greece is a diverse sector. NGOs may work in one or more areas, such as social welfare, the environment, human rights and democracy, and the rights of children. Sources of funding vary as well and may include membership fees and individual donations, grants provided by public-benefit foundations, social entrepreneurship schemes, CSR and various European funds. Volunteering is a building-block of civil society in Greece with nearly 13% of Greek citizens participating in the activities of NGOs as volunteers (European Parliament Special Eurobarometer 75.2, June 2011
Alongside the Greek society, the NGO sector has suffered the consequences of the economic crisis. Whereas available funding has decreased, demand for NGO services has substantially increased. More and more often, NGOs are called upon to fill the gap that a retreating welfare state leaves behind and to contribute to promoting human rights and democratic values at a time of pronounced political disillusionment.
This situation has created a new set of opportunities for the NGO sector. For example, there has been a marked rise in the number of volunteers, especially among the unemployed youth who often choose to volunteer while looking for a job. New NGOs, which are inspired by success stories and follow best practices from abroad, are being established. NGOs and grant-makers consider ways to increase operational effectiveness and efficiency. As a result, capacity-building has acquired a greater significance than in the past and stakeholders increasingly incorporate it in their activities.
After the crisis erupted leading to a new socio-economic environment, little up-to-date scholarly and/or statistical information is available on the state of the NGO sector. The latest comprehensive study of the Greek third sector, "Greek Civil Society: The Long Road to Maturity (2005)
" offers an overview of the sector before the crisis. In order to remedy this lack of information, the Fund Operator in Greece is planning to conduct a comprehensive study regarding the current state of the Greek civil society as part of the NGO Fund Programme. Further information will be made available as soon as possible.
The overall objective of the NGO Fund Programme in Greece is: "Strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development".
- Democratic values, including human rights, promoted
- Provision of welfare and basic service to defined target groups increased
- Strengthened capacity of NGOs and an enabling environment for the sector promoted
- Advocacy and watchdog role developed
Areas of support:
- Human rights including minorities rights (in particular Roma, immigrants, migrants and asylum seekers)
- Good governance and transparency;
- Participatory democracy;
- Combat racism, xenophobia and hate crime;
- Anti-discrimination on all grounds, including sexual orientation;
- Social inequalities, poverty and exclusion, including in rural areas;
- Gender equality;
- Gender-based violence;
- Trafficking in human beings;
- Capacity building;
- Active citizenship and human rights awareness raising;
- Networking and coalition building among NGOs;
- Protection of the environment and climate change.
- Capacity‐building activities and organizational support to NGOs
- Awareness‐raising activities
- Multicultural dialogue activities;
- Mutual learning and dissemination;
- Education and training activities;
- Network and coalition building;
- Provision of welfare and basic services;
- Advocacy, watchdog and monitoring activities;
- Participation in policy and decision making processes;
- Cultural initiatives to promote areas of support.
The programme will pay special attention to horizontal concerns, including hate speech, extremism and hate crime, racism and xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, tolerance and multicultural understanding, Roma, sexual harassment, violence against women and trafficking.
Under the bilateral fund, the NGO Fund Programme has earmarked €95.100 for the promotion of bilateral relations between Greece and the Donor states (Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein).
Bilateral cooperation aims at:
widening the extent of cooperation between Greece and the Donor states;
contributing to the achievement of shared results;
increasing knowledge and mutual understanding.
There are two funding mechanisms available:
(1) Measure (a), also known as "seed money", can be used to develop project partnerships between Greek NGOs and eligible entities in the Donor states. A public or private entity, commercial or non-commercial or a non-governmental organization with their primary location in one of the Donor states (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) that wish to develop a project partnership with a Greek NGO are eligible to apply. Similarly, Greek NGOs that wish to develop a project partnership with these eligible entities in the Donor states are welcome to apply.
- Maximum grant size per project: €3.000
- Open calls: 28 November 2013 and June 2014
(2) Measure (b) provides funding for networking, exchange, sharing of knowledge, technology, experience and best practice activities between project promoters and entities in the Donor states. It offers extra funding over and above the project budget. Activities under measure (b) may include participation in conferences, seminars, workshops and training courses in Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. Greek NGOs, which have been selected as project promoters in the context of the EEA Grants NGO Fund Programme, are welcome to apply.
- Maximum grant size per project: €5.000
- Open calls: May 2014 and December 2014
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Call for proposals
Provision of welfare and basic services to defined target groups increased: 22 January 2014
Advocacy and watchdog role developed: 22 January 2014
Democratic values, including human rights, promoted: September 2014
Strengthened capacity of NGOs and an enabling environment for the sector promoted: September 2014
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