Public Policy Centre (EN)

The Public Policy Centre, CENPO (Romania), established as an independent, nonprofit organization in 2003, is dedicated to undertake activities that contribute to inclusive and transparent public policy development at the local level, thus aiding the advancement of effective local governance and improving the democratic character of local policy making in Romania.


The mission of the Public Policy Centre is to contribute to the improvement of public policy by conducting independent research, enhancing the information flow, and facilitating policy debate among various policy stakeholders.


To achieve this mission, CENPO has set the following objectives:


1. to facilitate, develop and make available policy relevant scientific research and analysis on various policy issues;

2. to promote and support the transfer of information, know-how and expertise regarding the policy making process;

3. to initiate, develop and facilitate partnerships for the improvement of policy practice;

4. to develop and support actions encouraging direct citizen participation in policy-making.


Policy research and analysis – we carry out policy research and analysis on various topics relevant for local policy making. Thus, we provide policy-makers a wider range of background information, alternative approaches and potential solutions, all based on solid research and analysis.


The latter are carried out by building on interaction and collaboration with academics, citizens, community based organizations, private sector actors, and public institutions.


Advocacy – we have recognized that besides providing expertise to public authorities, we also need to draw attention to critical policy issues by engaging in advocacy activities in view of inducing policy change.

Encouraging scholars to engage in policy research – we contribute to scholarly debates by producing studies and organizing events where our policy research is discussed within an academic environment. This interaction with academia is an essential breeding ground for the development of innovative approaches to various policy problems. Besides, our aim is to draw scholars and students’ attention to the importance of policy relevant research and encourage them to engage in such research.


Enhancement of citizens’ participatory capacity – we are dedicated to increasingly play the role of interface between citizens and policy-makers. This includes drawing citizens’ attention to and informing them about problems of their community; highlighting the implications of the different activities undertaken by the local government; encouraging citizens to assert their right to have their voice heard in what concerns local policy issues; and incorporating citizens’ views in our work and/or communicating them to policy-makers, thus linking policy and citizens.


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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.