The fund for civil society was inaugurated Thursday in Bucharest.
The Civil Society Development Foundation (FDSC), jointly with the Foundation for Partnership (FP) and the Resource Centre for Roma Communities (CRCR), inaugurated Thursday the NGO Fund in Romania Programme, part of a wider financing scheme, the Norwegian grants 2009 – 2014. The programme avails of approximately EUR 30 M, the biggest sum destined to projects conducted by NGOs, and is implemented by a consortium comprising the aforementioned three organisations, led by FDSC. At European scale, the programme runs in 15 countries and aims at supporting the development of civil society and consolidating the contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.
The inaugural event was attended by more than 350 guests, including representatives of the Romanian civil society, as well as the organisations from Norway and Iceland in charge with implementing the programme in Europe.“We hope these funds will support, as much as possible, zones and actions that have not been financed with structural funds yet, in order to create an equilibrium and to vary the existing support fields,” said Gabriel Onaca, state secretary with the Ministry of European Funds.“Such a strong presence of NGOs in this conference makes me confident that the Fund for NGOs will significantly contribute to the development of vital sectors for the Romanian society, such as social justice, sustainable development or social and basic services,” mentioned Oystein Hovdkinn, the Norwegian ambassador to Romania. FDSC expects 2,000 applications for the first phase of this programme.
The total duration of the programme will be 3 years. Over one third of the budget allowance for financing projects will cover essential sectors related to democracy, human rights, the rights of minorities, good governance and transparency, combatting racism and xenophobia, antidiscrimination, reduction of social inequities, and the fight against poverty and social exclusion, also in rural areas.