Paruvipe Grants Program for NGOs

Deadline: 17 July 2014
Open to: non-profit organizations from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania
Grant: up to $650,000 (approx. €475,000)


The Roma Initiatives Office provides grants, fellowships, and training to stimulate Roma community participation and active citizenship, empower Roma women and youth, and combat anti-Roma discrimination.

The Paruvipe grants program of the Roma Initiatives Office (RIO)—paruvipe means “change” in the Romani language—supports advocacy campaigns aimed at influencing decision-making, service delivery, and state response to acts of hate. This call for applications seeks proposals for campaigns that will forge new interest-based alliances, build mass constituencies, and use new
communication tactics in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Romania.


Applicants must be registered nongovernmental organizations  in Bulgaria, Macedonia, or Romania. The Roma Initiatives Office particularly welcomes proposals from Roma NGOs (organizations in which at least 50 percent of the membership openly declare their Roma ethnic origin).

All projects must demonstrate substantive Roma participation in planning, decision-making, and implementation through NGO partnerships, Roma individuals working on the projects, and active involvement by members of Roma constituencies.


The total amount available for supporting projects under this call is $650,000 (approx. €475,000). All projects are expected to have an own contribution of minimum 10%. In their concept papers, applicants should provide minimum and maximum budget estimates for completing their projects.


The deadline for submissions is 17 July 2014.

Concept papers must be submitted online through the Open Society Foundations Grantee Portal.

For further information about the application process please contact: or visit the official website.

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