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 aims to enable grassroots-level civil society organizations to express themselves on important topics relevant to their work and their communities, such as:


- the challenges and obstacles of European and national consultation mechanisms (why do civil society organizations not participate in public consultations?)


- Europe 2020 strategy and its targets in the field of education  and anti-poverty measures (How do these priorties influence the upcoming 2014-2020 European financial period and how does this strategy influence their future work environment?)


- the role of grassroots civil sector in contributing to the wellbeing of their communities (Is there a role for civil society in the new debate on creating more comprehensive policy indicators, that reflect also people’s wellbeing, environmental sustainability, etc.?)


The conference aims to deal with the following topics:


  • Grassroots as think tanks: grassroots organizations tend to become service delivery agents of social and education services. Throughout their work, they accumulate considerable and valuable knowledge on policy implementation. Moreover, they possess in-depth knowledge on their communities’ needs. However, this knowledge is rarely relied upon by decision makers as grassroots organizations face obstacles in participating in consultation processes. The workshop dedicated to this topic will discuss the barriers of participation in consultations, as well as raise awareness in civil society organizations on the valuable social knowledge accumulated throughout their work.
  • Funding mechanisms for grassroots organizations: grassroots organizations face capacity problems when applying or implementing large EU projects. Their project based funding jeopardizes the continuity and effectiveness of their work, which is particularly problematic in the field of education and social inclusion. Besides, the competitive feature of the work environment creates barriers for collaborating with each other. The workshop dedicated to this topic will discuss the challenges and barriers created by this funding structure and will formulate recommendations.
  • Professionalization of grassroots: the workshop will discuss how grassroots could learn from the business sector in terms of management, communication, sustainability, planning.
  • Wellbeing: The workshop will transfer knowledge on recent discourse on wellbeing indicators and will sensitize grassroots to their role in contributing to the wellbeing of their communities by providing access to quality education and social provisions.


To watch a short video containing interviews with project implementers and conference participants, click on the link below.


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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.