A New Rainbow Over Viterbo (EN)

Hunor Király

The Italian mini-project Living Colours: A New Rainbow Over Viterbo is a follow-up of the mini-project from 2013. (See more about it: the description of the 2013 project here, and blog posts about it here.) Viterbo is a small town in Latio, on the border of Tuscia and Umbria. It’s a closed community on it’s way of learning how to deal with newcomers – not nececcarily non-Italians, also Italians from other parts of the country. This project is fostering this process. It primarily targets children and their parents. The percentage of immigrant children in Viterbo schools is between 4 and 30%.


The main activity of the project is a summer day-camp, with a mixed group of local and second generation immigrant children. As the implementers found out last year; difficulties of integration don’t affect children as much as it does their parents. They are integrated in school, have no problems with their peers. Problems might come later, when they become older. And this is what the project is about: providing skills and awareness to children and their parents, to make it easier.


The project adresses the following needs:

  • Preventing isolation and social suffering of immigrant children.
  • Raising awareness, on social and cultural diversity as positive elements.
  • Foster active citizenship and participation in society in Viterbo.
  • Local grassroots organizations need to make a stronger net and exchange their competences.
  • There is a need to create a stronger connection between local schools and local grassroots.
  • Involving children with disabilities.

After the preparatory meetings with parents and teachers, the implementing partners put a bigger emphasize on promotion and communication than last year. From flyers, promotion on social media and in local media and local events, to communication with policy makers, social services, and educators, a large scale of communication tools was used this year.


Staff training is a great opportunity for skill-share. While training the volunteers of the camp, local grassroots can share their methods and tools.


And here’s how the summer day-camp itself looks like:


Living Colours 2014 summer camp


At the end of the camp, the same as last year, there is a final event. A feast where all the products of the workshops will exposed, and experiences will be shared with the local community.




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Pictures from UCCU Roma Informal Educational Foundation and H2O's joint project aiming to raise awareness on cultural diversity among 3rd graders in

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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.