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08/18/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/18/2020 05:26

OSCE Mission to Skopje announces 11 winners of small grants to support civil society and citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic

SKOPJE, 18 August 2020- The OSCE Mission to Skopje announced today the list of the civil society organizations that received small grants under the Mission's COVID Fund initiative, designed to support local organizations in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable and underserved communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

The organizations that received funding are:

  • The National Network to End Violence against Women and Domestic Violence will provide support and legal advice to survivors of domestic violence.
  • The Association for Research, Analysis and Development Zelena Lupa will provide prisoners with health-related information and personal protective equipment.
  • The Council for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency (SPPMD) will develop a publication for primary school teachers on the safety of children in the digital world.
  • The Lastovica Association will develop an eLearning Center for children and young adults with disabilities.
  • The Association of Special Educators and Rehabilitators (ASER) will develop an E-Platform to support children with disabilities and their families during the pandemic.
  • The Association for Research, Communications and Development PUBLIC will produce an online version of their street magazine 'Face to face'.
  • The Association for Democratic Initiatives will engage mediators trained by three health experts to help people in smaller and rural communities, as well as with people with disabilities, to address their health needs.
  • The Sumnal Association for Development of the Roma Community will provide the Roma community with information about how to access basic educational and health services and continue educating pupils through its Early Childhood Development Centres.
  • The Healthy Options Project Skopje will work to improve the mental health and quality of life of children and young people who use drugs, through counselling and delivery of humanitarian packages.
  • The Youth Alliance Krushevo will develop a digital space for sharing information, connecting and educating youth so they can cope with the social and economic challenges during the pandemic.
  • The Association for Media Literacy Planet-Mwill organize its annual youth film festival via a digital platform suitable for real time streaming of films and other videos of informal educational content.

The Mission will provide a total of EUR 153,346 to fund these projects.

'I congratulate the winners and thank all of the organizations that applied,' said Jeffrey Goldstein, Acting Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje. 'We received over 100 impressively high-quality applications, which demonstrates the strength of the country's civil society. It was an extremely challenging and rigorous selection process.'