Making a difference for the most vulnerable - publication on 2013 projects (EN)

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The 'Making a difference for the most vulnerable' publication, edited by Király Hunor, captures the experience of grassroots organizations part of the Grassroots Europe network in implementing joint actions and campaigns.


In 2013, the Grassroots Europe project sought to support partnership projects initiated by grassroots civil society
organizations which aim to work towards community cohesion through the involvement of a wide range of education stakeholders and address issues of marginalization in education. The national partners from eight countries convened inclusive coalitions of local grassroots organizations and facilitated the development of small partnership projects at national level. Kick-off meetings were organized to define common needs and causes, issues that need coordinated advocacy actions.


After the selection process took part, the following ten projects were implemented:

• Inclusion and Integration – partnership models toward a society closer to Europe, Albania
• Partners for an Inclusive Education Community, Albania
• Empowerment towards equal opportunities 2, Croatia
• Local mobilization for equal opportunities in education: empowerment of migrant parents and students in four cities, Germany
• The Golden Gate is Open, Hungary
• We laugh together! We educate together!, Hungary
• Living colors: paint a rainbow on Viterbo walls, Italy
• Expanding the network and building partnerships for inclusive education in the inclusive communities: Strengthening the role of the grassroots organizations in Latvia
• Catalogue of Ideas and Initiatives – media campaign and platform improvements, Romania
• Lernraum – Teaching Room: tutoring for children with migration background in Neunkirchen/Region Lower Austria

This publication aims to illustrate the partnership experiences of the participating grassroots organizations, not only covering what the projects were about and how they were implemented, but also providing information on the country context, situation of grassroots initiatives and the implementers.

The author, Hunor Király, with years of grassroots background, is a new media communicator. He uses the power of digital storytelling and information design to get the stories and the people closer to you – and each other. His goal is to make the coverage and interviews as informal and direct as possible. No big cameras, no crew, just him and some lightweight technology. Hear their voices.


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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.