Currently there are no more finacial resources available for grants and no grants competitions will be announced by the end of 2011.
East Europe Foundation is complementing its open-door grants program with grant competitions, invited proposals, partnership grants, institutional development grants and non-grant program activities.
Open-door inquiries and proposals refer to projects that applicants submit to the Foundation on an unsolicited basis. EEF expects to award approximately 20 percent of its grants through the Open Door Procedure, which is an effective method to support innovative ideas and to respond in a flexible manner to pressing issues faced by the Moldovan civil society NGOs.
Competitions are announced to the public, are open to any qualified applicant and usually result in more than one award.
Invited proposals are generally issued to one or more organizations that have been pre-screened by the Foundation and that meet certain requirements.
Partnership grants allow the Foundation to strengthen a local organization's knowledge or expertise in a particular field by linking it to an established organization experienced in the relevant field.
The Foundation considers the following three criteria when reviewing grant proposals: Fit with Foundation goals.
Does the project fit the program areas of the foundation?
Project Demand and Local Support
In what way does the initiative respond to the demands and needs that exist locally? What degree of local support and commitment does the initiative have?
- To what extent is the effort locally sustainable, both financially and operationally? Will the initiative result in sustainable and positive changes that continue over time?
Is the strategy for achieving the goals of the initiative well developed and realistic? What barriers or risks might impede achievement of the stated goals? What steps will be taken to mitigate these risks? What external conditions are necessary for the project to succeed?
Cost - effectiveness
To what extent is the proposed effort cost-effective? Is this the most cost-effective approach to achieve the project goals?
To what extent do participating individuals and organizations have the experience and qualifications needed to implement the project successfully and to manage grant funds?
What significant changes will the initiative produce among its beneficiaries? Has a realistic plan been developed to measure and report on these effects? What steps will be taken to incorporate these results into future decision-making?
To what extent does the effort leverage other resources, including contributions from other donors, project revenue and grantee in-kind contributions?
To what extent does the proposal complement or build upon other initiatives in the region, including those supported by the East Europe Foundation?