Grassroots Europe has been awarded EACEA best practice project title (EN)

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! Our project is featured in the Citizen's effect brochure. Short excerpt from the brochure:


Local communities take charge in building an inclusive Europe


Unfortunately, we still live in a world where many lack basic material goods or fair opportunities to advance in life, a world lacking proper care for those who need it most, lacking in basic human dignity and filled with intolerance.  While the EU embodies the notions of human rights, diversity and inclusion, many of our societies are still faced with the threats posed by racism, intolerance, social exclusion, poor education and social injustice.  This is why, for vulnerable Europeans, organised solidarity, practical assistance and a celebration of diversity will make a huge difference. 


Grassroots organisations can be largely defined as groups of self-organized individuals pursuing common interests through a volunteer based non profit organisation. "Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing" brought together more than 120 volunteers who have dedicated their lives towards caring for the needs of others and who work towards the welfare of their communities. Their everyday work encompasses various types of   stimulating and community building activities such as: after-school classes for children with special needs; multicultural camps to teach tolerance; art and sport classes to nurture and encourage self-expression of the marginalised; seminars to involve disinterested youth in community issues; social services for deprived families; music therapy for the mentally disabled and, last but not least, neighbourhood assistance to asylum-seekers and migrants.

Participants engaged in a series of national and international events over a period of one year to discuss the opportunities and challenges they face in their everyday work as members of grassroots organisations. By the end participants felt more prepared and empowered to bring forward their most important concerns with local, national and EU-level stakeholders.



The project achieved its main aim of strengthening the voice of community-based civil society organisations by involving hard-to-reach communities in the democratic, deliberative processes of the European Union.  Participants agreed that it also contributed to the development of strong professional ties amongst active citizens in Europe.  They developed a common voice in policy debates on education and social inclusion. Furthermore, awareness was raised on the significant role of grassroots initiatives in the wellbeing of communities among local, national and EU-level policy-makers.   Finally, an exhibition of cartoons was organised as a side-event in Cluj-Napoca, Budapest and Brussels which acted as a powerful tool in drawing attention to significant social issues concerning communities all over Europe.

The recommendations of the volunteers were presented to EU decision makers and civil society organisations in Brussels. This event contributed to bringing Europe closer to its citizens by building greater trust and solidarity between those who work towards a tighter-knit Europe.


Testimonials of participants

The wellbeing concept reflects what we have always known about our work but could never put into words.

 I regained my trust in us and the power of grassroots civil society. We need to take this collaboration forward.


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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.