The Grassroots Europe network of more than 100 European civil society organizations from eight European countries (Hungary, Romania, Austria, Latvia, Italy, Albania, Croatia, Germany) met Brussels-based decision makers on 11 November 2013. Despite coming from diverse realities and policy contexts, these initiatives share a common characteristic: they all work at grassroots level with marginalized children and their communities, addressing issues of inequity in education, early school leaving, child poverty and social exclusion. 


Visegrád, Hungary


The Grassroots Europe International Workshop was held between 2-4 December in Visegrád (Hungary), a symbolic town for cooperation among the countries of the region.

We are pleased to announce that the “Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing Initiative" has been awarded the title of best practice project by EACEA, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union!


See the article on the project in the Citizen's Effect brochure.

Evaluation meeting (EN)

14/11/2011 (09:00) — 14/11/2011 (13:30)
Brussels, Belgium

The event took place in the framework of the Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing project, initiated by the Open Society Foundations and co-financed by the European Union. During the project, more than 100 community-based organizations got together to discuss about their role and responsibility in building inclusive and tolerant societies. A delegation of 50 project participants traveled to Brussels to share their in-depth knowledge and expertise working with marginalized communities and to initiate a consultation process to make policies more relevant to the needs of European citizens.


Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing conference (EN)

07/10/2011 — 09/10/2011
Budapest, Hungary

The Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing conference aims at bringing together more than 100 representatives of European grassroots organizations active in the field of education and social inclusion, who already participated in the national workshops and conferences during the project.


The conference brochure and detailed program can be downloaded from here.


Click on More to read more about the conference topics and watch a short video containing interviews with conference participants.


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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

Resources — Background materials

Wellbeing is one of the most important topics of our project. In this presentation, you can familiarize yourself with the



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.