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The Trust for Community Outreach and Education is a national organization that was established in 1983 to promote the development of poor communities in rural areas. It has regional affiliates in six provinces that represent the voice of the poor. The Trust for Community Outreach and Education strengthens leadership and supports affiliate members to organize themselves and build agency. Past support has enabled the trust to launch a national movement of rural women, support efforts to access land and marine resources, and assist farmworkers to engage effectively with government and farmowners on issues of human rights on farms. This grant will support the Trust for Community Outreach and Education to extend its work to rural organizations and associations in other provinces, support the establishment of a national rural movement led by its affiliates, strengthen local leadership to lead campaigns and engage in strategic discussions with local officials in order to improve their quality of life, and promote the economic transformation of rural communities.
The program goal is to develop the potential of primary and secondary schools to be catalysts for increased openness, tolerance, inclusiveness, and participatory decision making in local communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. To this end, the International Association “Interactive Open Schools” based in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, will work intensively with more than 40 schools annually in Tuzla to conduct training, create networking opportunities, and provide informational resources to teachers and school administrators as well as parents and students. The grantee will also be a resource for schools and other nonprofits in Croatia, Serbia, and the wider Balkan region that are promoting community education and community school principles and practices. In 2013–2014, the grantee provided training and other support services to school administrators, teachers, and school clubs and associations and disseminated information and resources regionally. By the end of 2014, approximately 70 schools in the Tuzla region had participated in one or more of the grantee’s activities.
The Legal Resources Trust provides legal support to nonprofit organizations on issues ranging from legal education and litigation to the administration of justice. Past support from Mott assisted the trust to provide legal and institutional assistance on how to establish, register, and administer nonprofit organizations; train nonprofits on topics related to nonprofit law; support advocacy to improve the legal and fiscal environment for nonprofits in South Africa; and to explore partnerships between community advice offices and faith-based institutions. This grant will support the Legal Resources Trust to continue supporting nonprofits to register as legal entities, provide legal advice and related services to nonprofits, litigate on behalf of clients when necessary, assist communities to understand their rights and to proactively engage in initiatives that improve their lives, and to conduct research on international best practices to regulate the work of community advice offices and paralegals.
The Mott Foundation, through each of its four programs — Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways to Opportunity — supports nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that promote people’s involvement in decision making processes at the local, state, national and/or global levels.
Through grantmaking approaches, we fund ways to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, promote community organizing efforts, support sustainable development projects, and advance economic stability and racial equality.
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