47 projects financed through the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme,
NGO Block Grant, 2nd round
Background: On January 15th, 2015, the Swiss Intermediate Body (SIB) - a consortium formed by KEK-CDC Consultants, the Civil Society Development Foundation and the Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation - for the Thematic Fund "Civil Society Participation" launched the second Call for Proposals for the NGO Block Grant aiming to strengthen Romanian NGOs and to enable their active participation in policy processes. It offers support in two major domains: social issues and environmental protection. Small grants ranging from CHF 10,000 to CHF 75,000 and large grants ranging from CHF 75,001 to CHF 250,000 (only for social projects) are offered.
As in the case of the 1st round of the Call for Proposals, this 2nd one demonstrated a high interest of the Romanian NGOs, as there were submitted 771 applications on the online platform www.finantare.fdsc.ro, out of which 586 on Social Component and 185 on Environmental Component. The deadline for filling in and submitting the applications was March 19, 2015, 17:00 local hour.
A team of independent evaluators assessed the project proposals that passed the administrative verification and eligibility check.
Taking into consideration the available financial allocation, a number of 47 projects were recommended to be financed (32 on Social Component and 15 on Environmental Component). Total contracted amount is of CHF 5,101,293.
Information sessions: SIB, through the representatives of CSDF and REPF, organized 2 Info sessions for the NGOs recipients of grants within the 2nd round of the Call for Proposals - NGO Block Grant. Thus, on March 15th, 2016, took place in Bucharest the meeting with the organizations implementing projects on Social Component and on April 14th, 2016 took place in Miercurea-Ciuc the meeting with those implementing projects on Environmental Component.
The aim of these sessions was to provide the necessary information for a smooth and efficient implementation of the projects, but also for a good communication between Executing Agencies and SIB. Both sessions were attended by Mr Thomas Stauffer, the Head of the Swiss Contribution Office in Bucharest who transmitted a positive message with regard to the impact of the projects and shared the donor's expectations (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation). He also wished all organizations good luck with the projects and good results in their activities.
The financed projects targets Social and Environmental domains and the complete list is available here.