DemoCU project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the frame «weareallcitizens», Program, which is part of the European Economic Area Funding Mechanism for Greece, known as EEA Grants. Program Operator is the Bodossaki Foundation "Ίδρυμα Μποδοσάκη". The aim of the Program is to strengthen the civil society in our country and the empowerment of social justice, democracy and sustainable development.
The total budget of DemoCU project amounts to 153.605,86 € and is financed at a percentage of 90%.
The total amount of 7,34 million euro that is provided by the countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will be allocated to beneficiaries NGOs through a transparent process of response to open calls for proposals "προσκλήσεις ενδιαφέροντος" with specific terms and selection criteria, in which NGOs shall be invited to respond with specific proposals. The available resources will be allocated to NGOs that will succeed in the selection process and will meet the high standards of transparency and effective operation of the Program.
During the implementation of the Program, focus will be given on:
- reducing the social disparities, the poverty and the social exclusion.
- protection of human rights, including the rights of minorities.
- Capacity building of NGOs and promotion of democracy, transparency and good governance.
The funded actions can be targeted to relieve vulnerable groups, such as children, young people, minorities (especially Roma), immigrants and asylum seekers.
In addition, the Program will contribute to the reduction of hate speech, extremism, racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, domestic violence and human trafficking.
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway signed in 1992 Cooperation Agreement with the European Union, creating the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA Funding Mechanism for the period 2009 - 2014, known as EEA Grants, is a tool of financial support created by these three countries in order to strengthen the social and economic cohesion of the Member States of the European Union - especially the social and financial weakest ones - and EEA.
For the period 2009-2014, the amount of funding offered by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants amounts to 1,79 billion euro, with Norway offering the 97% of the total amount.
More information can be found on the website www.eeagrants.gr or the website for the programs in Greece: www.eeagrants.gr
Each country that receives funding from the EEA Grants has different needs and priorities. For Greece, the total amount of funding for the period 2009 -2014 amounts to 63,4 million euro and the priorities are in the following fields:
- ensuring asylum
- improvement of reception conditions for asylum seekers, with emphasis on children
- strengthening the civil society and the capacity of Greek NGOs in terms of policy development and their participation in decision-making.
More information for the programs implemented through the EEA Grants in Greece can be found at http://eeagrants.org/Where-we-work/Greece
The Bodossaki Foundation is one of the largest private charitable organizations in Greece. It was founded in 1973 by Prodromos Bodossakis - Athanasiadis, who decided to give his property for the support and promotion of education, research, health, medical care and environment protection.
In addition, the Foundation supports NGOs that work with socially vulnerable groups. The Bodossaki Foundation has deep knowledge of the non-profit sector in Greece and until today it has managed more than 400 million euro emphasizing on:
- promoting equal opportunities
- young people’s education
- improving medical and research infrastructures and
- promoting environment protection
The strengthening of civil society is a priority for the Foundation for the next years.
For more information www.bodossaki.gr