Project description (EN)



The Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations (Hungary) and its project partners announced the launch of the Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing Initiative on 1st of January, 2011. The initiative seeks to support European community-based educational grassroots organisations that are able to mobilise their communities and public opinion around issues of marginalisation in education and help the most vulnerable groups of society.


The Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing project gives European citizens active in the field of education and social inclusion the opportunity to interact among themselves, with policy-makers, civil society organization at the local, national and EU level. At the local level it pursues a community-based, participatory approach and seeks to involve a diverse array of educational grassroots organisations that work towards promoting soft factors for local development (culture, creativity, and innovation of citizens) and fostering local wellbeing through formal and informal education. By convening people of diverse social and professional backgrounds, paying particular attenti  on to the perspectives of disenfranchised groups, the project aims to enable those local voices not typically heard to become a part of policy discussions around educational issues, ensuring valuable interaction between EU decision makers and those directly affected by EU policies.


This project is developed and implemented through the cooperation of a number of partner organizations, coming from 8 countries, namely: Albania, Germany, Croatia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Latvia and Romania. The project sees community level civic activism and the bringing of local voices in EU level policy debates as a transnational challenge within the EU, one that can benefit from comparing different national points of view, by giving the floor directly to persons from different national backgrounds. Ultimately, by benchmarking of successful community based grassroots models for local wellbeing generation, and capturing performance and progress in viable policy recommendations for the local, regional, national and European policy processes, we believe that expertise and good practice can be shared with others across Europe.


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Resources — Background materials

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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.