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Paruvipe Grants Program
Eastern Europe

Scholarship / Financial aid: grants are available

Date: 2014 intake

Deadline: July 17, 2014

Open to: applicants registered in NGOs in Bulgaria, Macedonia, or Romania

Announcement follows

The Paruvipe Grants Program—paruvipe means “change” in the Romani language—supports advocacy campaigns in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Romania aimed at influencing public decision-making, service delivery, and state responses to acts of hate.

Through this call for concept papers, the Roma Initiatives Office is seeking proposals for campaigns that will forge new interest-based alliances, build mass constituencies, and use new communication tactics.

This call supports opportunity-driven advocacy, which involves recognizing and utilizing opportunities in mainstream decision-making processes.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be registered NGOs in Bulgaria, Macedonia, or Romania.

The Roma Initiatives Office particularly welcomes proposals from Roma NGOs. A “Roma NGO” is defined as an organization in which at least 50 percent of the membership (in the case of associations), governance body, and senior management openly declare their Roma ethnic origin.

All projects must demonstrate substantive Roma participation in planning, decision-making, and implementation through NGO partnerships, Roma individuals working on the projects, and active involvement by members of Roma constituencies.

Organizations registered in non-eligible countries, international organizations, and private companies, such as media and public relations agencies, may be partners in projects.

Organizations may participate in more than one proposal.

Purpose and Priorities

Applicants, who may propose to work in any public policy area, need to make a strong case about the available political opportunities and their own capacities to take advantage of these, as well as have a clear idea about the change objectives that are relevant for Roma.

Besides advocating for policy change, applicants might choose to address the gap between existing policies and their local-level implementation. In such cases, applicants are expected to identify the precise authorities who have mandates to ensure the proper local implementation of legislation and policies.

Applicants might also propose advocacy campaigns that aim to overcome obstacles to service provision at the local level. One way to do this might be to monitor the implementation of EU-funded projects, regardless of whether they are implemented by municipalities, NGOs, or other service providers. It is important that advocacy projects of this type analyze the effects that EU-funded projects have on public services. They should also advocate for measures to ensure that services work adequately for all citizens, even without EU funding.

See complete guidelines to find policy priorities for which proposals are particularly welcome.


Concept papers must be submitted online through the Open Society Foundations Grantee Portal, using the concept paper template provided.

Please read the full application guidelines before preparing your concept paper.

Help with submitting a concept paper and managing your profile is available throughout the Portal. If you encounter problems during the application process, please contact us at

The deadline for submitting concept papers is midnight Central European Time on July 17, 2014.


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