Improving Programming of EU Funds for Roma Inclusion in the South Eastern Europe

The Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma program is opening a call for project proposals related to advocacy actions in South Eastern Europe with the main objective to create favorable conditions for Roma inclusion in the 2014–20 programming period. The call covers four countries in this region with significant Roma population: Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Croatia.

Utilization of the EU funds for the social inclusion of Roma communities in some countries shows lack of systematic programming. With that in mind, the expected proposals need to focus on influencing the programing process and boosting the flow of available funds towards the Roma community.

Better programming can be achieved by acting in several directions such as creating broader civil society coalitions, capacity building, or involvement of Roma and pro-Roma expertise in more structural dialogue with relevant institutions on various levels.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants with the following experience and skills are encouraged to apply: in-depth, three to five years of relevant experience in Roma inclusion and in the use of EU funds, as well as experience and skills for working with national authorities and EU Delegations/European Commission units.

Guidelines

The following documents should be submitted online in English through the Open Society Foundations Grants Portal:

  • Short concept paper, including identification of most important needs in the country, most relevant project fiches/measures, short list of planned activities;
  • Full project proposal, including budget (in the attached proposal and budget forms);
  • Short CVs of key team members including the references for previous advocacy work.

The deadline is May 23, 2014.