Transition Facility Grant Programmes

The program is considered as the continuity of Phare ACCESS programs, which was a major instrument of the European Commission to support the accession process of civil society organizations through strengthening their capacities in various thematic areas. After Hungary's accession to the EU, Phare programs were closed. However, for a certain transitional period, civil society organizations remain supported through this special grant scheme. The Hungarian government had decided to turn the program's focus on the engagement of NGOs in the areas of anti-discrimination and equal treatment. The program is aimed at

  • building capacities of NGOs and their partners in order to sufficiently implement the Anti-discrimination Act,
  • helping NGOs in defining their roles and developing their awareness and effectiveness in the implementation of the Anti-discrimination Act, strengthening rule of law, and actively participating in democratic decision-making processes,
  • supporting NGOs in creating new networks and/or achieving a leading role in existing European / Central European networks, and
  • empowering NGOs to build partnerships with local and regional authorities.

The Program provides grants for NGO activities that are targeted at the realization of values of equal treatment and anti-discrimination in the following areas:

  • employment,
  • social security and health care,
  • housing,
  • education and training,
  • free trade of goods and services,
  • democratic development.

In 2008 DemNet was supporting 17 NGOs (totaling of 1,090,398 EUR) to successfully implement their projects in line with EU regulations. DemNet acted as a bridge between the final beneficiaries (NGOs) and the donor (represented by the National Development Agency AND the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour) by first checking administrative and activity reports, addendum requests, and attended various attended meetings and events organized by sub-grantees. DemNet was also providing them with advice and technical assistance for enhancing the effectiveness of the supported projects.

The 2nd round call for proposals was announced on the 5th of May 2008, by deadline (7th of June) 52 grant applications were registered. Among of them, based on the recommendations of the evaluation committee, 24 applicants were chosen for support totaling of 1,502,742 EUR. Contracts were signed by both the National Development Agency and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor as well as the Beneficiaries by the 30th of September. Implementation of the supported projects started after signing contract, between October 2008 – January 2009. An initial monitoring was conducted in December and the first two months of 2009. Beneficiaries finish their projects by the end of 2009.


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