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In today’s Europe, there is an urgent need for holistic approach to community development and cross-sectorial efforts to efficiently tackle vulnerable groups’ most burning problems that affect 1 out of 6 people in the European Union, according to the latest available figures. Building on the role of grassroots organizations in reaching out to the most vulnerable segments of society, the project engages European citizens, practitioners from different sectors and actors from various policy areas as well as local community members to empower them to engage in dialogue with local stakeholders, mobilize communities to fight poverty, build up solidarity of mainstream society and work towards efficient cross-sectorial approaches.


We work with grassroots organizations because:

    • community level organisations are the best placed to reach out and represent the most vulnerable groups of societies, those that are most at risk of marginalization and social exclusion,
    • grassroots organisations are instrumental in developing specialized holisitic strategies supporting children’s performance in school, the development of social competences, life skills and fostering inclusion in their communities with a series of creative interventions at the interface of formal and informal education,


    • the voice and knowledge of grassroots organisations are relatively marginalized thus it is crucial to support their joint efforts and facilitate their communication with policy makers.


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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.