2012 Grassroots Europe Initiative Partnership Projects (EN)

In 2012, the Initiative has continued to support education and social inclusion grassroots organisations through enabling joint projects and actions aiming to work towards community cohesion and strengthened and flourishing grassroots civil society. A series of international and national level partnership-building events were held to crystallize crucial interventions aiming to strengthen the role of grassroots organisations in building open and cohesive societies and in mediating between vulnerable groups and the mainstream society.


Here follows a short description of the supported partnership projects in Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Croatia and Germany (for more information on the implementation of the projects, please click here):


Campaign for the Acceptance of Inclusive Education

Lead partner: Uccu Roma Informal Education Foundation (Hungary)

In partnership with: Association for Civilized Debate; Equity Association; ’Motivation’ Educational Association; DemNet Foundation (Hungary)


The partnership of 5 CSOs working on integrated education aims to design and launch an awareness-raising campaign on the positive aspects and impact of inclusive education, through the production of a campaign film and a series of discussions with parents linked to the screening of the film. The following activities are foreseen: creating a short movie about a real situation when a “different” child (disabled/autistic/Roma) is being integrated into the community of a kindergarten or school class; conducting interviews with parents and teachers on their fears and attitudes about having a disabled/autistic/Roma child integrated in the kindergarten or school class of their own child; organizing parents’ forum in problematic communities (where parents are opposing integrated education), screening the film and moderating discussions around the positive aspects of integration.


The first chain link project

Lead partner: Igazgyöngy Alapítvány (Real Pearl Foundation, Hungary)

In partnership with:  Shero (Hungary)


The Real Pearl Foundation operates a basic art school combining visual art education, mentoring, social services and community development one of Hungary’s poorest regions. The partner organization, Shero, supports young Roma between the ages of 12-15) living in segregated circumstances in urban areas of South-East Hungary by providing diverse mentoring and support services. The project which will support the following activities: experience and methodology sharing between the two organizations working with Roma communities; exchange between the urban and rural youth aged between 12-15 (community day organized in the rural area; excursion and visits organized in the urban area), aiming to develop and strengthen social skills, cooperation and cultural identity.


3 in 1. Together in school!

Lead partner:  Digitális Esélyegyenlőség Alapítvány, H2O Programme (Hungary)

In partnership with: Uccu Roma Informal Education Foundation; Association for Debate Culture (Hungary)


The organization leading the project is applying a cooperative teaching method in 12 Hungarian schools with the aim of integrating disadvantaged children in multicultural settings. The project will support the joint development and implementation of multicultural awareness-raising sessions in these schools. It will also aim to improve parental involvement in 3 primary schools that apply the teaching methods of H2O Programme. Furthermore, a parents’ forum will be organized where theatre and playback methods will be used to establish dialogue in the community.


Methodology development of community service

Lead partner:  Kék Vonal Gyermekkrízis Alapítvány (Hungary)

In partnership with: BAGázs Public Benefit Association; Academy of Experience Public Benefit Association; Foundation for Democratic Youth (Hungary)


The project wishes to build solidarity between different socio-cultural groups by facilitating the cooperation of civil society organizations and schools and encourage the volunteering of students in marginalized communities.  It will create and pilot a methodology for sensitizing sessions in schools about community service and volunteering, and it will also provide training in volunteer management for civil society organisations.


School community service model program in Pecs (South-Western Hungary)

Lead partner:  Foundation for Democratic Youth (Hungary)

In partnership with: Szămă Dă Noj! Association, Faág Baráti Kör Egyesület, Volunteer Center of Baranya county (Hungary)


The project aims at creating a long-term cooperation model between secondary schools, civil society organizations and social service providers in Pecs. The lead partner will share its developed methodology with small grassroots organisations working with disadvantaged children in the South-Western part of Hungary, enabling them to create links with the school infrastructure and gain more volunteer support for their activities.


From Individual Needs to Community Wellbeing: Strengthening the role of the grassroots organizations

Lead partner:  “Cerību spārni” Social organization for disabled children and their families (Latvia)

In partnership with: Ligzda; Iespēju durvis; Baltā māja; Viļakas skolēnu vecāku biedrība; Nākotne; Skola pie ezeriņa; Kurmenes viļņi; Dzirnakmens; Allažu attīstības biedrība; Saulessvece;  Kodols.


The aim of the project is to improve the quality of living for the local community with special emphases on vulnerable groups and to facilitate the cooperation among non-governmental organizations and the local grassroots by organizing events that address the needs of the local community members and activities that would improve the capacity of the local grassroots organizations.


Catalogue of grassroots ideas and initiatives

Lead partner:  Re/Creative (Romania)

In partnership with: Local Youth Council (Baia Mare);  Center for Social Development CEDES – (Sighisoara); Organization for Stategies and Programs of Development (Caransebes); Association for Quality of Life (Timisoara); Association Plus/Minus (Bucuresti); Support for Youth development (Cluj-Napoca)


The purpose of the project is to create a series of catalogs and an interactive platform on-line which contains a presentation of successful NGO initiatives in education and social inclusion that deserves public attention. The initiative’s aim is to promote and reward but also to potentiate active grassroots into new partnerships and build grassroots networks in Romania.


Protection of People Affected by Discrimination in Schools - Complaint Management in Schools

Lead partner:  Institute for Migration and Racism Research. (iMiR)

In partnership with: Anti-discrimination Network Berlin of the Turkish Union in Berlin-Brandenburg; Network against Racism in Schools, Hamburg; African Christan Council; Inculture e.V.; Confederation of Turkish Parents in Hamburg; iaf e.V. Hamburg; Centrum Moschee.


The purpose of the project is to develop guidelines on tackling discrimination in schools in Germany, develop a professional framework to an institutional anchored complaint management in schools through conducting a series of professional events with experts of anti-discrimination consultancy migrant grassroots and parents, pupils and teachers in migrant communities.


Empowerment Towards Equal Opportunities

Lead partner:  Info zona (Croatia)

In partnership with: Association Argonauta, Association of Children and Youth with Disabilities Bell, Association Cinaz (Croatia)


The project aims to provide capacity building trainings, exchange of knowledge and experience, support and mentoring for 14 grassroots organisations active in youth work, community development and social services in Croatia. The trainings will equip organizations with effective tools to support inclusion and the empowerment of disenfranchised youth and their communities.


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Call for Proposals Education Grassroots Activism in Hungary


The Open Society Education Support Program is pleased to invite project proposals from Hungarian civil society organizations that aim to work towards community cohesion and a strengthened, more vocal grassroots educational civil society through the involvement of a wide range of education stakeholders.

Project proposals should address one or more of the following themes: discrimination in education and promoting equal opportunities for all; promoting the role of education in increasing well-being and civic participation; playing a mediating role between vulnerable groups and the mainstream society; mobilizing and uniting divided communities around issues of education and social inclusion; and articulating key messages on the above themes to the wider public and policymakers. 

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations registered in Hungary that cumulatively meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • formally registered grassroots organizations with a not-for-profit character and established legal status
  • organizations carrying out work related to formal or non-formal education, social inclusion, or youth work
  • organizations working at the community level and making use of volunteer support



Project proposals should be submitted in English using the provided application form and budget template. The implementation period must not fall outside September 1, 2017–August 31, 2018. The maximum grant size is U.S.$15,000.


For more information and downloadable files (complete guidelines, project proposal form, budget template), please visit the Open Society Foundations website.

Submissions should be made via the Open Society Foundations Grant Portal.


Required Documentation

To complete your submission, you will be asked to upload a completed proposal form, including completed Annex 1 and Annex 2, a filled-in budget template, the organization’s latest annual financial report, and CVs of project manager(s) and the organization’s leadership. Download the complete guidelines, budget template, and grant proposal form from the Download Files section.

The application deadline is June 16, 2017 (5:00 p.m. CET). Incomplete or late applications will not be given consideration.

Successful applicants will be notified by July 11, 2017. Rejection letters will be issued by July 18, 2017.