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Next stage of the PROTEUS project - microgranting of the participants in the project trainings starts

PROTEUS is a project funded by the EU’s CERV program and it aims to enhance the sustainability of civil society organizations and support democratic participation through capacity building and financial support.

Earlier in 2023, we announced the launch of the PROTEUS project. It was launched with a call for participants in a series of trainings* for capacity development of civil society organizations. The competition was successful and 23 organizations from across the country were selected.

The trainings include topics such as fundraising and project work, financial management, communication skills and advocacy, rights and democracy, etc. More information can be found here.

The first two trainings were successfully held in November 2023.

Now it is the turn of the next stage of the PROTEUS project - microgranting of the training participants. Only participants in the trainings selected earlier this year by the Sofia Platform Foundation following a publicly announced recruitment competition can apply for funding.

The application deadline is 26 January 2023.

The only eligible proposals are those that meet all of the following criteria:
  • made/submitted by legal entities registered and operating in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria;
  • made/submitted by non-governmental or civil society organizations based or carrying out activities in geographically remote areas;
  • made/submitted by organizations which respect the fundamental rights and values of the European Union;
  • microgranting applicants must have participated in the CSO Capacity Development Programme (trainings in November 2023), organized by the Sofia Platform Foundation within the PROTEUS project, and have completed the application forms according to the microgranting guidelines.
Project proposals from individuals are not eligible.

Project proposals with the following focus will be funded: supporting civic activism and citizen participation in peripheral areas. For the purposes of this programme, civic participation/activism is any project/action that improves the life of the community in which it is implemented, in line with democratic values and principles. For the purposes of these guidelines, democratic values are defined as the rights and values of the EU as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and other key Union documents.

Types of activities that are eligible:
  • awareness-raising activities on EU rights and values;
  • organizing citizens' platforms and citizens' dialogue on matters involving EU rights and values;
  • coalition and partnerships between CSOs, coordination and strategic cooperation between CSOs and other stakeholders, whether public or private;
  • provision of free advice to citizens and monitoring activities on EU policies, rights and values;
  • activities to promote the implementation of European legislation and regulations, including the enforcement of court decisions;
  • advocacy to create or change various public policies and decision-making processes;
  • conducting research and analysis supporting informed public policy formulation at national and European level; developing tools and standards to support European values;
  • providing support services to the target group;
  • strategic case management can only be supported by funding activities related to capacity building, training, exchange of experiences and good practices, awareness raising and preparation of analyses.
Types of activities that are not eligible and will not be funded:
  • scientific research; 
  • academic scholarships; 
  • one-time events; 
  • humanitarian aid;
  • social services;
  • religious activities;
The amount of eligible funding is a minimum of €500 (BGN 977.91) and a maximum of €2,500 (BGN 4,889.57).
The PROTEUS project is funded by the CERV (Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values) program of the European Union. Responsibility for this content lies with the Transatlantic Foundation and the project partners. This content does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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