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The call for microgrants for emerging organisations

The call for microgrants to advance emerging organisations was launched on 1 March, 2023 and lasted until 8 May, 2023. Organisations eligible were those registered not earlier than on 28 February 2020. 317 applications were received in the call. 271 applications met eligibility criteria and were sent further content-related evaluation. 12 Applicants appealed against the administrative and eligibility assessment. After the appeals were taken into account, 7 applications were allowed for content-related evaluation. By the decision of the Executive Committee and in accordance with the Expert Committee’s recommendations, we have awarded 41 microgrants.

As a result of the released funds, by the decision of the Executive Committee we have decided to award microgrants to two organisations: the Pomerania Landscape Conservation Institute (Instytut Ochrony Krajobrazu Pomorza) and the Better Tomorrow Association (Stowarzyszeniu Lepsze Jutro) whose application were selected from the waiting list. The total number of microgrants awarded (41) remains unchanged.

The total amount awarded is 481 571,91 EUR from the EEA and Norway Grants under Area 4 Supporting the development of civic sector.

Results of the call

About the microgrants

Microgrants are funds awarded to less experienced organisations for on-going activities connected with team building and work organisation, recognisability, and cooperating within local communities. The objective behind this call is to provide optimal conditions for the development and proper functioning of emerging organisations and entities which have yet to adopt internal rules and procedures, agree on workplace culture, and find ways to effectively reach out to the recipients of their activities.

General conditions of the call

The total allocation earmarked for this call is EUR 360,000 and comes from Norway Grants.

There is one type of microgrant available:

  • minimum grant amount: EUR 10,000
  • maximum grant amount: EUR 12,000
  • implementation period: 6 to 8 months,
  • co-financing: optional,
  • for organisations registered not earlier than on 28 February 2020 and not later than on 28 February 2023 (a day before call announcement) whose objectives (as listed in their founding documents) are aligned with at least one of the four outcomes (support areas) of the ACF–Regional Programme (Increased support for human rights, Empowerment of vulnerable groups, Strengthened democratic culture and civic awareness, and Support for civic sector development);
  • for organisations who have never been awarded an ACF-Regional or ACF-National grant.

Each proposal must contain four mandatory actions, i.e.

  1. actions aligned with a given organisation’s resource development and management plans,
  2. actions aligned with an organisation’s communication and image building plans,
  3. two actions aimed at external beneficiaries, aligned with at least one Programme support area.

Applications will only be accepted via the Electronic Grant Application and Management System (EGAMS), available at:

Application timeline:

  • from 12.00 (noon) CET on 1 March 2023 to 12.00 (noon) CET on 8 May 2023.

Announcement of call results:

  • administrative and eligibility evaluation: by 19 May 2023,
  • content-related evaluation: by 20 July 2023.

Areas of support in the call for microgrants for emerging organisations

All initiatives financed from microgrants for emerging organisations should contribute to achieving Area 4 outcomes, that is they should foster the development of the social sector.

Area 4 actions ought to aid organisations in:

  • clearly defining their mission (what they intend to change by taking grant-funded actions, how they intend to implement change, and how their actions differ from those of other organisations) in response to diagnosed needs of specific beneficiary groups, development plans of local governments or specific sectors (e.g. social services, education, etc.);
  • fulfilling their mission in a flexible way which allows for adjusting to evolving conditions, basing their mission on an ongoing reflection about long-term goals which exceeds the timelines of individual projects;
  • diversifying their budgets, i.e. reducing dependence on a single source of financing/a single funder to the highest degree possible; decreasing the share of citizen donations in the overall budget so as to ensure that the organisation has the resources for ensuring stable operations, as well as independent formulation of goals and the methods of their achievement;
  • implementing effective fundraising strategies – increasing financial independence by pursuing business activity, for-profit public benefit activity and establishing non-profit Polish limited liability companies (sp. z o.o.);
  • improving management by effectively using digital tools for project implementation, team work, and communications with beneficiaries;
  • enhancing partnerships and cooperation networks which bring together other organisations, informal groups, as well as public institutions and business;
  • offering staff and volunteers stable and attractive work conditions, along with opportunities for continuous competence improvement, boosting their motivation to become involved in a given organisation’s mission by giving them a say about the organisation’s future development;
  • ensuring transparency; strengthening the efficiency of advocacy measures that help others understand the benefits ushered in by a given organisation’s activity and the role it plays in advancing civil society;
  • communicating effectively to spread information about its actions, reach selected beneficiary groups, and successfully satisfy their needs.

Under this call, microgrants for emerging organisations will be awarded only to entities whose founding documents list activities aligned with at least one of the ACF-Regional outcomes.

Read the full version of the invitation (EN)