Grassroots and Parent Activism in Education

The Education Support Program and the Early Childhood Program of the Open Society Foundations are pleased to invite Hungarian civil society organizations and informal initiatives seeking to improve the educational opportunities of marginalized children to apply for its Grassroots and Parent Activism in Education 2019 call for proposals.

Through this call, the programs seek to support grassroots-level Hungarian civil society initiatives addressing challenges faced by vulnerable children from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, or those with unique educational needs, in accessing quality education opportunities on an equitable basis. Applicants are encouraged to include specific activities aiming to foster parent mobilization, empowerment, collaboration, and participation in order to achieve the goals of this call.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for support, organizations and/or informal initiatives interested in this call for proposals must ensure that their applications meet all of the following criteria:

  • address educational equity challenges of vulnerable school and preschool age children from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds or with unique educational needs
  • envision activities that build on the grassroots activism of local stakeholders
  • implement project activities in Hungary
  • be a not-for-profit (if established as a legal entity) and have a clearly not-for-profit public benefit purpose (if applying as an informal initiative)
  • be an informal group with not-for-profit aims, consisting of at least 3 active individuals older than 18 (if applying as an informal initiative)
  • work at the community level and make use of volunteer support
  • When applying for both core activities funding and the parental organizing module funding, both must meet the same eligibility criteria. The only point of difference is target group age (0–18 for core activities, 0–10 for parental organizing).

The implementation period lasts from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. The maximum grant size, including optional modules, is $20,000. Please refer to the full call for proposals document for details concerning selection criteria and application process instructions.

Submissions should be made via the Open Society Foundations Grant Portal. Before starting the submission process, make sure to have the documentation listed below ready for upload, as progress on the portal cannot be saved.

Required Documentation

Project proposals should be submitted in English using the provided application form and budget template. Do not submit the project proposal form or budget in PDF format (use editable Excel and Word file formats).

Registered nonprofit organizations should submit the following:

  • a fully completed project proposal form
  • a fully completed budget template form
  • the organization’s latest annual financial report

Informal initiatives should submit the following:

  • a fully completed project proposal form
  • a fully completed budget template form
  • a signed and scanned CVs of the three project implementers that include the following statement: “I have read the attached project proposal and agree to fulfil the role(s) associated with my name.”


The deadline for application is Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm CET. Incomplete or late applications will not be given consideration. Project proposals should be submitted in English using the application form and budget template available for download from the OSF website.

Successful applicants will be notified by July 10, 2019. Rejection letters will be issued by July 17, 2019.