- Program Civil Society
- Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
- Grant Amount $210,000
- Grant Period September 1, 2003–December 31, 2006
- Location Washington, DC, United States
- Geographic Focus Bulgaria
About this grant
Due to slow economic growth, support from the government and general public is extremely limited, and many foreign funders are closing down their programs in Bulgaria. In response, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Bulgaria need to become financially sustainable faster than their counterparts in the Visegrad countries. In addition, because the environmental movement in Bulgaria is still developing, there is a need to understand the environment in a broader context of sustainable development and building healthy communities.The Environmental Partnership of Central Europe (EPCE) has a strong track record in other Central/Eastern European countries of building sustainable institutions. Multiyear funding will support efforts to develop an EPCE organization in Bulgaria. Objectives include identifying a Bulgarian NGO that could host EPCE Bulgaria in its early stages; hiring a Bulgarian director for the program; and selecting potential board members for the new institution.The German Marshall Fund of the United States, created in 1972 as a permanent memorial of the postwar Marshall Plan, seeks to deepen understanding, promote collaborations and stimulate exchanges between Americans and Europeans.