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PRESS RELEASE

The World Bank Croatia Country Office Launches the 2010 Civil Society Fund Calls for Project Proposals

February 18, 2010




Zagreb, February 18, 2010 - The World Bank Croatia Office is pleased to inform you of the availability of funds from the Civil Society Fund for 2010. This is the ninth consecutive year that the Office has been providing funds to the civil society sector in Croatia.

The Civil Society Fund (CSF) supports activities whose primary objective is civic engagement in support of activities that empower and enable citizens to take initiatives to enhance and influence development outcomes. Activities strengthen mechanisms for inclusion, accountability, and participation. Activities also strengthen partnerships with public sector, other civil society organizations, and the private sector. The activities to be funded by the CSF could also facilitate the empowerment of citizens to have greater ownership of development processes, thus making them more inclusive and equitable. The Civil Society Fund, created in 1983, continues to promote dialogue and dissemination of information about development in forums outside the World Bank's regular operations.

Herewith, we invite Croatian NGOs to submit their applications with proposals including innovative ideas focusing on civic engagement activities. Given the available grant funds, the size of individual grants will be in the range of US$3,000 to US$7,000. Smaller grants are possible, but larger grants are rare.

Applications can be written in Croatian but applications in English are preferred. The deadline for proposals submission is April 9, 2010.

Interested NGOs and civil society organizations should send filled out application forms by post to The World Bank Croatia Country Office.

Media Contacts
Vanja Frajtić
Tel : 01/ 235 7297
vfrajtic@worldbank.org
In Radnička cest 80/IX, 10000 Zagreb
The World Bank Croatia Country Office
croatiaoffice@worldbank.org


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