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General Purposes

Organization for Civil Initiatives

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $60,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2012–December 31, 2013
  • Location Osijek, Croatia
  • Geographic Focus Croatia

About this grant

This grant supports activities to promote greater public participation in decisionmaking and to mobilize community resources to address critical issues facing local communities in Croatia. The Organization for Civil Initiatives will work with local community leaders and grassroots citizen groups to build capacity to identify community needs and implement long-term and lasting solutions. Working primarily in rural communities, the grantee will provide information, training, and consultations to local government authorities and nongovernmental organizations on community organizing, cross-sector cooperation, local resource development, and rural economic development. During 2010-2011, the grantee implemented three European Union-funded projects related to rural economic development, organized a wide range of programs designed to increase civic participation in communities, and supported the development of social entrepreneurship among local nonprofits. The grantee also focused on increasing staff capacity to design and implement European Union-funded projects. The grantee was an active participant in various nonprofit forums and supported the development of a new community foundation in Osijek. The grantee is based in Osijek, Croatia, and works primarily in eastern and southern Croatia.