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General Purposes

Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $240,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2006–December 31, 2008
  • Location Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Geographic Focus Bulgaria

About this grant

The Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation (WCIF) supports the development of local communities and grassroots organizations in Bulgaria. Its goal is to help civic leaders, citizen groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) effectively address the needs of their communities and constituencies.Multiyear funding will enable WCIF to develop capacity-building programs for NGOs and community groups; award small grants to NGOs and community-based groups for grassroots projects; build the sustainability of NGOs in Bulgaria; foster local philanthropy and corporate social responsibility; provide services to NGO trainers and consultants; strengthen networking and partnerships nationally and internationally; and improve internal governance and management structures and processes.Recent accomplishments included designing and enhancing a comprehensive NGO development program and sharing it with 22 of the 28 regions in Bulgaria; providing technical assistance and challenge grants to support the development of local philanthropy; expanding the pool of NGO trainers and community facilitators in the country; and encouraging networking and cooperation with NGOs active in the fields of community development and local philanthropy at the national and international levels.