Kaufland Romania and the Civil Society Development Foundation have launched on Wednesday a financing program for the non-governmental organizations in Romania, by which they offer non-reimbursable grants totaling EUR 1 million during 2018, for projects in the culture, sports and healthy life fields.
Being entitled #INSTAREDEBINE, the program is dedicated to the Romanian associations, foundations and federations that develop projects in the culture, sports and health life fields, spreading the “well-being” in their communities and bringing it to the beneficiaries. The applications can be submitted online on the platform www.instaredebine.ro, within three sessions to be held in April, June and August; the first call will start on April 23. 80 projects can be received per each session, entering the analysis process; the maximum amount of the granted financing per one project is RON 235,000 (approx. EUR 50,000). An NGO can apply with a single project per call and can receive funds only for one project during the whole program. A special attention will be given to the projects for rural areas: thus, 25% of the total number of the supported projects will be dedicated to the communities and beneficiaries in the rural areas.
Approximately 100,000 NGOs are officially registered in Romania, in the Register of Associations and Foundations; half of them are active, meaning that they register financial activities and submit the balance sheet. The problem of NGO funding has become more pronounced due to the recent legislative changes. Changing the tax rate from 16% to 10% has automatically led to the decrease of the tax base to which the 2% donation from the tax that can be received by the non-governmental organizations is applied. State funding of NGOs by grants represents 1.3% of the total revenue in the non-governmental sector, as stated by the FDSC representative Simona Constantinescu (photo L) at a press conference. Moreover, after Romania’s accession to the European Union, part of the international donors withdrew.
“#INSTAREDEBINE plans to support NGOs trough a friendly, adapted funding modality, offering help also during the development of the projects by trainings, workshops and networking events designed to develop their organizational capacity. We are extremely glad to launch this initiative together with Kaufland, and we want this example to be followed also by other Romanian companies”, stated Ionut Sibian (photo C), the Executive Manager of the Civil Society Development Foundation.
Kaufland Romania annually finances 150 to 200 projects and cooperates with more than 100 associations. In 2017, over 600,000 people have benefited from these projects, as stated by the Kaufland Romania CSR Manager Anna Katharina Scheidereiter (photo R), at the press conference. According to her, the German retailer monthly receives more than 300 applications from NGOs for projects, programs or various actions, of which only 30 projects are analyzed, and an average of only 12 projects are qualified for the final funding; most of them are related to the social or educational fields. Due to the great need for funding expressed by NGOs and the desire to develop projects in the sports, health (meaning healthy life) and culture fields, “we have decided to set up a financing program for NGOs. I am very glad that we have found a partner in FDSC, which is not only a long-term partner for us, but it is also a support of the civil society” Anna Katharina Scheidereiter also stated.
The Civil Society Development Foundation (FDSC) is a non-governmental, independent organization, established in 1994 at the European Commission’s initiative. In the last 5 years, FDSC managed funds amounting EUR 50 million that were distributed to NGOs, according to its representatives.