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PRESS RELEASE

The World Bank Croatia Country Office Launches the 2011 Civil Society Fund Calls for Project Proposals

March 18, 2011




Zagreb, March 18, 2011 - The World Bank Croatia Office is pleased to inform you of the availability of funds from the Civil Society Fund for 2011. This is the tenth 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 May 7, 2011.

Interested NGOs and civil society organizations should send filled out applications by e-mail or by post to:

The World Bank Croatia Country Office
Radnička cesta 80/IX
10000 Zagreb

Media Contacts
Marko Balenović
Tel : 01/ 235 7271
mbalenovic@worldbank.org


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