In Civica Mobilitas program it is predicted that 4 types of grants that will be awarded to civil society organizations: institutional, action (project), small and ad hoc grants. The Programme divides these categories of grants based on the civil society tradition. The grants will be awarded in three ways: institutional, action (project) and part of the small grants will be granted through “calls for proposals”. The procedure for the institutional grants awards also foresees self-evaluation of the applicants. The Commission for the Grants established by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC).
The first target group for the institutional grants consists of “national” CSOs that typically work in one or more specific (societal) sectors or address one or more specific (societal) themes. The NAT Grants will allow these CSOs to work, at the same time, on CS issues of “national” interest and on their own, specific, sectoral or thematic causes as embedded in their multi-annual and annual program. The second target group for the institutional grants consists of “regional” CSOs that typically work across maximum two or three regions, at the regional level, or within such a region across a number of municipalities, or in only one municipality, across one or more villages, or in only one village. The REG Grants will allow these CSOs to work on CS issues of “regional” and on their own, specific, causes as embedded in their strategies and programs. It is predicted that 48 institutional grants will be awarded for the civil society organizations, foundations that are part from the “critical mass” for Civica Mobilitas.
The main target group for the ACT Grants consists of medium or even small sized CSOs that wish to promote their causes by means of collective actions that could involve the formation of platforms of collaboration, promotion of action learning, encouragement of peer-to-peer learning and sharing, and, whenever there is an opportunity to do so, formation of action learning networks. Besides the action grants, 4 grants for research and development will be provided, one for monitoring, evaluation and reporting and two for information and communication. It is expected that 52 action (project) grants will be awarded to CSOs. The awarded CSOs of this type of grants are part from the Civica Mobilitas “critical mass”.
The main target group for the local Social Action Grants are local CSOs that have participated in the Forums and wish to follow up on the Forums through the further development and implementation of the local social actions they laid down, with the assistance of the Programmes’ facilitators, in the forum briefing papers, manifestos, and local social action plans. The Programme provides up to 48 SAC Grants that will benefit a multiple number of local CSOs, other CS actors, and their constituencies promoting the local social causes. The Programme’s critical mass does not include these actors. In addition, the Programme will provide up to 9 annual Fellowship Grants to 3 Macedonian fellows who wish to carry out research into one of the three transversal themes and it will provide up to 9 Internship Grants to Swiss citizens, of Macedonian origins, who wish to follow an internship at the PCO in Skopje. The Programme’s critical mass does not include these actors.
AD HOC GRANTS
The Programme will provide a minimum of 48 Ad Hoc Grants that will benefit CS to address “hot” issues at any level of intervention. The essence of these grants is to stimulate active citizenship by enabling to mobilize and resolve urgent societal issues “here and now”.