Calls and grants
The support programme for non-governmental organizations consists of different support measures described as follows.
Open calls for proposals
Announced usually twice a year, open calls focus on raising an NGOs’ operational capacity. The calls enable the NGOs to state concrete operational capacities that they need to develop in order to become more efficient. We have tried several approaches here – focusing the calls on specific capacities (e.g. leadership and communication capacity building, developing social entrepreneurship and building donation strategies, involving volunteers etc) or letting NGOs define their necessities themselves regarding developing their team, work processes or focusing on achieving economic sustainability.
The Local Initiative Programme
NFCS operated the Local Initiative Programme together with county governments from 2013 to 2017. From 2018, regional development organizations operate the programme.
Through the Local Initiative Programme local level organizations compete for small grants (up to 2000 euros). The programme supports the development of local communities and active participation of community members. Grants also cover investments into preserving community heritage and developing community services.
It is still uncertain if and what kind of role shall foundation have in coordinating the programme in the future.
Incubation and grants for Innovative Solutions (NULA incubator)
We have created an incubation and funding programme for innovative solutions with great impact to ciritical problems in the society. First, we hold an open call to select best ideas and teams. The NGOs or teams with the best proposed ideas will go through an incubation programme designed to improve their ideas and build them into actually working solutions. Of those, TOP3 solutions are selected and given funding.
In the beginning of the year, a reward is granted to the best NGO of the previous year. The election of the NGO is organised by the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations.
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