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General Purposes

Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period November 1, 2003–December 31, 2005
  • Location Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Geographic Focus Bulgaria

About this grant

The mission of the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation is to assist civic leaders, citizen groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to effectively address the needs of their communities and constituencies.Multiyear funding will support activities that include expanding the NGO development program; developing local philanthropy through the challenge-grant fund; strengthening the pool of NGO trainers and community facilitators in Bulgaria; promoting action-oriented research on the development of the nonprofit sector; providing support to a youth NGO capacity building program; organizing training services for other NGO and community-based organization development programs; implementing the Living Heritage Program; and building internal capacity.To date, key achievements included implementing the modular, capacity-building and seed-grant NGO development program, "Learning, Success, Change"; conducting a feasibility study for the creation of an NGO development program for Romania; promoting the development of philanthropy in support of community-based initiatives through a challenge-grant fund; launching the Living Heritage Program; providing professional development opportunities for NGO trainers; and documenting the state and needs of the Bulgarian NGO sector.