Total allocation: €8 million • Allocation to Active Citizens Fund: €0.7 million
‘Civil society and active citizenship strengthened, and vulnerable groups empowered‘ is the overall programme objective, which will be attained through projects and activities that cover four areas of support:
- Democracy, active citizenship, good governance and transparency;
- Human rights and equal treatment through combating any discrimination;
- Social justice and inclusion of vulnerable groups;
- Environment and climate change.
ACF Malta shall also contribute to the achievement of the objective of the EEA and Norway Grants, to reduce economic and social disparities, and to strengthen bilateral relations between Malta and the donor states. ACF Malta reflects the firm recognition of the sector’s role as a fundamental building block of democratic governance, human rights and social cohesion across Europe.
ACF Malta will also aim to improve outreach to under-served target groups and ensuring that the programme supports hard-to-reach target groups. This will be ensured through the use of online tools designed to be inclusive for small organisations and informal groups; continuous support to project promoters throughout their project implementation, with a special focus on financial management; a focus on advocating for the rights of under-served groups rather than providing services.
In order to achieve the objectives of the Active Citizens Fund (ACF) in Malta, the Fund Operator has established with the donor states a set of targets to be achieved, with guiding outcomes and outputs.
The programme includes five outcomes, to which the supported projects, a pre-defined project, bilateral and regional cooperation and a capacity building course should contribute:
- Outcome 1 – Increased support for human rights and social inclusion
- Outcome 2 – Increased citizen participation in civic activities
- Outcome 3 – Enhanced capacity and sustainability of civil society
- Outcome 4 – Enhanced collaboration between beneficiary and donor state entities involved in the programme
- Outcome 5 – Strengthened regional (cross-border) cooperation in the civil society sector
Open call for proposals
The programme shall consist of one call open for the enrolled and compliant NGOs and one pre-defined project.
All projects that will be funded through ACF Malta are expected to contribute to the achievement of Output 1 and Output 2. The projects will be selected following a call for applications and a selection process.
Outcome 3 is specifically aiming for enhanced capacity of civil society in Malta. This will be achieved through the implementation of an Online Capacity Building Course and a pre-defined project, by the Fund Operator.
Pre-defined project – Active citizens lab
The programme includes also a pre-defined project, named Active Citizens Lab’, implemented by the fund operator, focusing largely on building the capacity of CSOs and citizens in the fields of democratic culture and active citizenship.
The Active Citizens Lab will provide professional support and practical assistance offered through an Advisory Board of Experts which will be delivered offline, through face-to-face meetings and online through informative materials and a chat/email based service.
Bilateral and regional cooperation
The scope of Outcome 4, Bilateral Cooperation is to strengthen relations between civil society organisations in Malta and in the Donor States, or international organisations. The activities will be facilitated by the Fun Operator and implemented either as part of the funded projects, or through separate events.
ACF Malta will also aim to collaborate with other ACF programmes and enhance the cross-border cooperation and exchange of experiences and knowledge sharing to strengthen the civil society sectors in beneficiary countries.
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