SMALL GRANTS SCHEME PRIORITY INTERVENTIONS FOR ROMA COMMUNITIES
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Release date: July 15, 2021
In total, the amount allocated to the Small Grants Scheme “Priority Interventions for Roma Communities” is 1,647,059 Euro, from the EEA Grants 2014-2021 (85%) and public co-financing (15%).
The minimum value of the grant that can be requested for the implementation of a project is 20,000 euro, and the maximum is 50,000 euro.
The general objective of the call is to contribute to the improvement of living and educational conditions in disadvantaged communities with a high percentage of Roma population, by funding community level projects (developed within a single ATU) that address specific priority needs identified in a participatory way.
Eligible applicants are territorial administrative units such as communes and cities (including municipalities) and non-governmental organizations.
Projects submitted under this call must meet the priority needs affecting the main target group, represented by Roma people and families (children, young people, adults), living in disadvantaged / isolated communities with more than 10% of the population of Roma ethnicity.
The following secondary target groups will also be able to benefit from the project activities:
- Roma experts and leaders – working on their own or in non-governmental organizations, action groups, community groups, public authorities and institutions, trade unions, student associations, political parties, youth associations or other forms of association, persons in positions of formal or informal leaders in relation to Roma people and / or families in situations of vulnerability (including social, school, health mediators, etc.);
- specialists / volunteers in the fields of education, health, employment, social services, public administration, NGO sector, etc., involved in providing services to Roma people;
- members of the community belonging to the majority population, who live in the intervention areas of the project and live in socio-economic conditions similar to Roma people in the main target group, in situations of risk or facing various forms of social exclusion.
It is mandatory for a project to include activities that involve working directly with the main target group. Thus, the eligible activities will aim to bring improvements to the beneficiaries in at least one of the areas: education, health, housing and legal.
Examples of eligible activities:
- Small-scale investments in the renovation and improvement of the conditions in the spaces where the educational activities take place (painting works, roof repairs, organization of indoor bathrooms, sanitation of classrooms, etc.), including their endowment and connections to utility networks (water drinking water, sewerage, electricity, internet, etc.);
- Support for pre-school, pre-school, school children and young people enrolled in post-secondary or university education to stimulate their access to education (food, educational materials, clothing, footwear, school supplies, etc.), school participation and school re-enrollment (school mediation, school and vocational counseling and guidance, literacy, remedial activities, “school after school” activities, prevention of school dropout through sports or other leisure activities and non-formal education, insurance of transport expenses for participation in activities formal and informal education, etc.);
- Investments in the establishment, endowment and improvement of small-scale medical and sanitary infrastructure (renovation or endowment of functional public dispensaries, establishment of public baths or community laundry spaces, etc.);
- Provision of basic medical services by project (including dental), which are not settled / supported / organized by the national health system in the geographical area of the project or for its target group;
- Investments in the construction, rehabilitation and endowment of social housing, provided that they start to be used by the members of the target group during the project, and that they are offered decent alternative living conditions during the works, if necessary;
- Investments in connecting individual homes to utility networks (including the Internet) or developing independent solutions (heating, sewerage); extension of living space, repairs to individual houses, construction of toilets (toilets, bathrooms);
- Legal assistance to victims of evictions and to clarify the situation and housing rights (fees for legal advice, taxes, etc.);
- Legal assistance for obtaining valid identity documents (birth certificate, identity card or equivalent) and other documents required to obtain them.
Projects that will include activities aimed at preventing and combating the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative impact it has on target groups will benefit from a specific evaluation score, provided that the need for intervention is demonstrated.
The recommended duration of the projects is between 6 and 16 months.
The deadline for submission of projects is 14 October 2021. The project proposal dossier will be sent exclusively through the online submission system, following the registration and upload instructions presented as an annex to the Applicant’s Guide.
IMPORTANT For the preparation of the project, please consult the text of the call (the document entitled “Small Grants Scheme Priority Interventions for Roma Communities”) and the Applicant’s Guide, documents containing the most relevant information on funding conditions. These documents can be found in the document package below:
Documentation related to the call for projects “Priority interventions for Roma communities”, in public consultation
The Romanian Fund for Social Development (RSDF), Operator of the Program “Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Increasing Roma Inclusion” (Local Development), funded by the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, intends to launch in June 2021 the call “Priority Interventions for Roma Communities ”, the last of the calls for project proposals planned under the Program.
Through it, FRDS will finance emergency interventions in Roma communities, interventions aimed at improving social and educational facilities for children and young people, increasing access to health services, improving living conditions, facilitating the issuance of identity documents, providing support social and legal status of victims of evictions, promotion of intercultural exchanges, etc.
The call documentation was summarized by the RSDF in the form of an advisory document, which includes the objectives, eligible activities, indicators and expected results of the call and is available on the Program’s website.
FRDS invites experts and entities interested in Roma inclusion to comment on the proposed advisory document. Those interested are asked to send their comments to email@example.com, no later than Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 15:00.