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Local Climate Justice Activism in Central Eastern Europe


The Open Society Institute–Sofia Foundation, in cooperation with the Open Society European Network, invites applications from groups focused on advancing climate justice on a local level in Central Eastern Europe.

Climate justice links human rights, social justice, and principles of equality with the transformation of economies to ensure environmental sustainability. As the effects of the climate crisis deepen, the burden of managing its impact will disproportionately fall on the most disadvantaged communities. The economic and social shock of the COVID-19 crisis that continue to reverberate across Central Eastern Europe reflect the urgency of the moment. An inclusive approach is needed.

The Open Society Institute–Sofia Foundation, in cooperation with the Open Society European Network, is calling for proposals that activate local communities in climate action and environmental sustainability to advance climate justice, engage and empower underrepresented groups affected by climate change and related policies, and use innovative forms of citizen engagement to mobilize public support or influence state policies with climate justice implications.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible countries include:

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia, Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

The Open Society Institute–Sofia Foundation invites applications from registered civil society organizations, nonformal groups represented by a registered organization, and nonprofit organizations. Applications may include cooperation with other civil society organizations, municipal authorities, or other stakeholders. Applications from grassroots actors working in communities outside of their regional capitals are encouraged, but capital-based organizations and groups will not be excluded.

Ineligibility Criteria

The Open Society Institute–Sofia Foundation will not fund partisan political activities. Political party–affiliated associations are likewise not eligible to apply. Supported projects cannot engage in the definition of lobbying as defined in the call for proposals’ full text.


Applicants can submit one proposal per organization with a maximum budget of up to $25,000. The duration or projects should not be longer than 12 months. Proposed project should start in late 2020 or early 2021. Funding from additional sources is not a requirement. Applicants should submit information about the organization and partners, a full project proposal, budget, timeframe, and short bios of team members in English.

Please note that this is a short description. For further details about the call, the full guidelines, and for the application process, please visit the Open Society Institute—Sofia Foundation’s website. Questions regarding the overall application process and the open call should be sent to Marin Lessenski at The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. (CET) on September 15, 2020.

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