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Strengthening the Bread Houses Network in Bulgaria

International Council for Cultural Centers

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $130,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2014–June 30, 2016
  • Location Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Geographic Focus Bulgaria

About this grant

The program goal is to strengthen the participation of marginalized groups and individuals in the lives of their communities throughout Bulgaria. To this end, the International Council for Cultural Centers, a Bulgaria-registered nonprofit, will expand and strengthen its network of bread houses in Bulgaria, increase the capacity of the local bread house coordinators to implement projects and engage marginalized groups, and explore the possibilities of turning bread houses into successful social enterprises. Bread houses are community centers that host bread baking and various other activities for groups of people of very diverse backgrounds, thus encouraging relationships across ethnic and religious origins and social status. The model has been successful in increasing the social capital in communities and strengthening civic spirit as well as increasing the skills, self-esteem, and employability of the participating individuals. Since its establishment in 2008, the grantee has been developing bread houses around the world, and now they exist in 12 countries.