National Foundation of Civil Society (NFCS) has a strict division of responsibilities in our organisational structure to ensure transparency, expertise and to avoid conflicts of interests. Look for more in our mission, vision and strategy document.
SUPERVISORY BOARD OF NFCS
Consisting of 5-7 representatives from public sector and civil society organisations, with the latter having majority of seats, the board plans and supervises NFCS’ work, decides its budget and major grants. Look for more here.
BUREAU OF NFCS
The bureau of around 10 people deals with everyday work of NFCS: devising and administering grant programmes, monitoring the correct use of project funds and chasing grants´ impact on CSOs (Civil Society Organisations), cooperating with other civil society developers, etc. NFCS is also operating as a contact point of Citizens, equality, rights and values programme CERV. Find out here what we do.
A team of 23 independent civil society experts who assess projects, with a principle of 3 assessors for each project, by using a list of evaluation criteria previously decided by the supervisory board. This ensures objective and conflict-free proposals for funding. The final grant decisions are confirmed by either the executive director or the supervisory board. Look for more here.
CONSULTANTS IN COUNTIES
NFCS coordinates CSO consultants in all of Estonia’s 15 counties’ development centers who provide free counselling throughout the lifecycle of CSOs and hold trainings on various important topics for CSOs. Look for more here.
CLOSE DAILY CONTACT WITH CSOS
We include our target group in drawing up conditions for grant applying, ask constantly for feedback (and give it about projects as well), also visit them. We are open to communication at any time to improve our approach and gain better results, to increase the impact of our support.