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Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) inviting Civil Society working to Improve Governance and Anticorruption, in response to the Coronavirus Crisis

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 3, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 29, 2020
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The Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) has issued a call for proposals to support civil society working to combat corruption and promote good governance, in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Across the Central and Eastern European region, citizens often face public institutions which are unaccountable, corrupt, and undermine democratic processes and the quality of public services. To address this, interventions only focused on monitoring, advocacy, and legal reform have largely proven insufficient to generate positive change.

At the same time, they witness promising experiences of public sector–civil society collaborations on these challenges in the region. However, the fast-evolving coronavirus crisis brings new corruption risks. These risks relate to the public health crisis and to overall government responses to plan for the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

The Foundation is issuing a call for applications for civil society–driven initiatives aiming to:
a) increase transparency, accountability, and public participation processes to strengthen public institutions with a collaborative approach;
b) address and mitigate the corruption risks related to the COVID-19 crisis.
NOTE: The OSIFE will not fund partisan political activities (i.e., activities that express support for a certain political party or support for political parties or elected officials are not eligible). Political party–affiliated associations are likewise NOT eligible to apply.

Funding Information:
Applicants may submit up to two proposals per organization with a budget of up to a maximum of $40,000 per proposal, using the proposal and budget templates available on our website.
The duration of a grant can range between 8 and 15 months.
The project start date needs to be between 20 September and 1 February 2021.

Utilize This Offer

The OSIFE invites applications from registered civil society and/or nonprofit organizations (or consortia of organizations) with a background in anticorruption and/or good governance fields as well as working at local and/or national levels in one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June 2020 (midnight, CET).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 03
Jun 03

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Jun 03
Jun 03

Thanks, Ana.