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General Purposes

AGORA Platform: Active Communities for Development Alternatives

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2008–December 31, 2010
  • Location Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Geographic Focus Bulgaria

About this grant

The program goal is to support the development of local communities and grassroots organizations in Bulgaria. The AGORA Platform – Active Communities for Development Alternatives supports the network of Bulgarian chitalishte and increases chitalishte capacity to bring positive changes and development in local communities. A chitalishte is a specific, Bulgarian, community-based, nongovernmental institution with a 200-year history of supporting literacy, education, and community development. During the grant period, the grantee will build chitalishte capacity by providing information, training, and technical assistance; increase the support for chitalishte by establishing effective partnerships with relevant government and nongovernmental institutions; and develop its own organizational capacity by strengthening its human resources, diversifying its funding base, and developing new services.