Micro-grant program, "Achieving Resilience Through Employment and Social Cohesion" – August 2024 to January 2025, HEKS/EPER Moldova

Micro-grant program, Achieving Resilience through Employment, Skills Development, and Social Cohesion Opportunities in Moldova – August 2024 to January 2025, HEKS/EPER Moldova

HEKS/EPER Moldova invites CSOs from Moldova to apply for Grant Programme for promoting Social Cohesion

Introduction: HEKS/EPER Moldova Foundation, in collaboration with HELVETAS Moldova and funded by the Swiss Development Agency (SDC), is implementing a project to enhance social cohesion and employment opportunities for vulnerable populations from Moldova and refugees from Ukraine.

What we want to achieve:

Following the Survivor and Community-Led Response (sclr) approach HEKS/EPER will provide 20 grants to CSOs to implement community-led and community-defined projects in the Republic of Moldova, with a specific focus on the areas with a high number of refugees from Ukraine. The aim of these flexible grants is to strengthen self-reliance, ownership, resilience and promote cohesion between refugees and host communities. Application from local women-led and or refugee-led initiatives will be encouraged. The program aims to increase the independence of refugees from Ukraine from humanitarian assistance while promoting adequate, dignified and safe living conditions for vulnerable populations and refugees through socio-economic inclusion.

Key Details:

  • Maximum Grant Amount: MDL 180,000 (approx. EUR 9,500).
  • Implementation Period: Maximum 6 months from August 2024 to January 2025.
  • Eligible Organizations: CSOs based in Moldova, special attention will be assigned to submissions from organizations operating in Cahul and Balti.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Non-profit organizations based in the Republic of Moldova, special attention will be assigned to submissions from organizations operating in Cahul and Balti.
  • Communities implementing activities for at least a year and willing to strengthen their capacities through experiential learning.

Ineligible organizations: Private and public institutions / State agencies, LPAs

Expected Outcomes:

  • Improvement of social inclusion and community cohesion.
  • Empowerment of women and marginalized groups.
  • Increase of employment opportunities for refugees and vulnerable individuals.
  • Enhancement of economic resilience and self-sufficiency.
  • Collaboration with local communities, expertise, and networks is crucial for project effectiveness and sustainability.

Eligible costs/activities:  Activities enhancing social cohesion (summer camps, lessons, workshops, cultural projects, MHPSS and Protection activities, psychological counselling, roundtables, sports activities, community events, trainings, exhibitions) or any related activities for promoting resilience and inclusion, psychological and emotional well-being.

  • NB! Women led initiatives will have priority in the process of application.

Ineligible costs/activities: The administrative costs should not exceed 30% of the total project costs.

Selection Criteria:

  • A well described project proposal that aim at achieving the project objectives effectively.
  • Organization's integrity, legitimacy, and past fund management experience.
  • Capacity to implement the project effectively.

Application Process:

  • The application formcan be downloaded here (RO, RU, ENG).
  • The Budget form can be downloaded here (RO, RU, ENG).
  • Other attachments: please include with the application, in a PDF: the registration certificates of the non-profit legal entity and the Statute of the organization/or any registration or legal documents.
  • Application deadline: applications must be received by Sunday 30 June 2024 23:59at silvia.bogonovschi@heks-eper.org.