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Open Society Initiative for Europe

Grants to International Nonprofits and Civil Societies in Eligible Countries
to Prevent and Address Corruption During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Deadline Date:

06/30/20 Midnight, CET


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Grants of up to $40,000 to International nonprofit organizations and civil societies in eligible countries to fight corruption and foster good governance. Projects may address corruption risks related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to support initiatives that improve public institutions and address emerging corruption risks. Eligible organizations must be operating in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, or Slovakia. 

Track 1. Supporting collaborative approaches to good governance and anti-corruption. These initiatives should:

  • Be implemented in collaboration with public institutions at local/city, regional or national institution level, potentially (but not necessarily) also working together with business/private sector stakeholders
  • Tackle important governance or corruption problems that affect the lives of communities
  • Implement solution-oriented and practical approaches to improve the governance of public institutions and their impact on citizens

Track 2. Support civil society actors to address and mitigate the corruption risks related to COVID-19 global crisis. These initiatives should:

  • Clearly address a specific corruption risk emerging due to the coronavirus crisis and public authorities’ responses to the crisis.
  • Implement solution-oriented approaches to not only expose and document these new corruption risks, but include realistic and concrete actions to address them.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190595

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to a maximum of $40,000 per proposal. Applicants also may request overhead funding up to 20% of the total requested budget (included in the total budget request of up to $40,000 USD).

Term of Contract:

The duration of a grant can range between 8 and 15 months. The project start date needs to be between 20 September and 1 February 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: Registered civil society and/or nonprofit organizations (or consortia of organizations) with a background in anticorruption and/or good governance fields as well as working at local and/or national levels in one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

The Open Society Initiative for Europe will not fund:
- Partisan political activities, i.e. activities that express support for a certain political party or support for political parties or elected officials are not eligible. OSIFE will not consider supporting them in any form. Political party-affiliated associations are likewise not eligible to apply.
- Projects which are only focused on monitoring and exposing corruption or other governance problems.
- General civic activism, unless there is a specific link to solution-oriented approaches using transparency, accountability, or participation processes.
- Academic research on corruption or governance or mapping studies.
- General organizational/core funding requests to provide financial sustainability to current work.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested organizations are invited to join an informational webinar on the Open Society Initiative for Europe’s open call on 20 May 2020, 2:00–4:00 p.m. (CET). Discussion on the call will explain the rationale for this call as well as practical and logistical issues, and also allow for a Q&A with Open Society Initiative for Europe staff.

For registration to the webinar, and other inquiries please contact The registration period for the webinar is 2–19 May 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: June 30, 2020, midnight CET

Applicants may submit up to two proposals per organization.

Applications need to be submitted through Open Society’s grantee portal. Please note that the grantee portal requires prior registration that usually takes a couple of days. Applicants are advised to allow a few working days for a response from these email addresses. They are strongly encouraged to start their applications (including on the grantee portal) at least two weeks before the deadline, to allow time for answering questions they may have and for avoiding last-minute inquiries that may prevent from submitting applications.

Please note that proposals will be judged on the quality of the proposals against the evaluation criteria, outlined in the description of the call. They will not be judged on English proficiency.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Grant Coverage Areas:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia

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Geographic Focus:

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.