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Dialog Program

Community Foundation Sibiu

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $110,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2005–December 31, 2006
  • Location Sibiu, Romania
  • Geographic Focus Romania

About this grant

Community Foundation Sibiu encourages Romanian citizens to participate in the development of their communities through the Dialog program. Currently active in four counties of Romania, the program facilitates communication and partnerships among citizen groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments and businesses to address local issues.Multiyear funding will enable the organization to inform and involve citizens in local decisionmaking processes; support the activity of community groups established during 2003-2004; and extend the program to four new towns and 10 rural communities. Specific activities will include helping leaders of communities involved in the Dialog program to prioritize community needs; mobilizing citizens to advocate for local government decisions that address key community needs; and providing assistance and training to community groups and local NGOs on issues concerning strategic planning, resource mobilization, partnership building and communication.Recent accomplishments included encouraging local volunteer community groups to work together in identifying and resolving key needs; organizing public discussions on key community issues; and establishing new contracts among property owners’ associations, NGOs and community groups, and local governments.