"For Roma, with Roma"
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is publishing a call for small grant applications “For Roma, with Roma” to promote grassroots engagement, public and political participation, and enhancing security of Roma and Sinti communities under its Roma and Sinti Youth Initiative.
The ODIHR initiative seeks to support capacity-building programmes for Roma and Sinti organizations and the empowerment of Roma and Sinti communities. In particular, the active participation of Roma and Sinti youth remains an OSCE priority, as outlined in the Action Plan for Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area, adopted in 2003, and enhanced in 2013 with a focus on youth in the OSCE Ministerial Council Decision 4/13.
In 2013, the Contact Point on Roma and Sinti Issues launched the Roma and Sinti Youth Initiative, and provided small grants to NGOs to address challenges that Roma and Sinti youth encounter in their everyday life. In December 2014, ODIHR organized a two-day Roma and Sinti Youth Conference in Belgrade. Participants explored themes that continue to be the focus of the current Roma and Sinti Youth Initiative. The report of the conference was published in 2015, together with six papers by young Roma and Sinti activists and scholars. Additionally, ODIHR invited a group of young Roma and Sinti to the 2015 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, organized a side event on the participation of Roma and Sinti youth, and training on participation and advocacy for young Roma and Sinti.
Duration and timeframe
Accepted proposals are expected to start implementation on 1 July 2016 and complete the project by 31 December 2016, for the duration of six months, maximum.
Project proposals should be in the range of 5,000-10,000 EUR. The following category of costs can be considered: personnel, travel, accommodation, supplies and assets. All costs proposed must be borne directly by the implementing organization and in direct connection with the project activities. Overhead administrative costs are not eligible.
How to apply
Applications should be sent in English, with the subject line “Roma and Sinti Youth Initiative”, to the following e-mail address: email@example.com. The organizations whose project proposals are selected will be required to submit additional information and documentation in the contracting phase.
Deadline for applications
Applications should be sent to ODIHR no later than 30 May 2016, 5 PM CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be taken into consideration.