SIGN ACT: start of institutional support to civil society organizations in Serbia

SIGN ACT: start of institutional support to civil society organizations in Serbia

Belgrade, October 5, 2020 – Thirty civil society organizations signed their contracts for institutional support within the ACT project today.

At the online ceremony SIGN ACT: Celebrating the beginning of ACT institutional support to civil society organizations, which was broadcast live on social networks, the goals and significance of this project were presented, and the organizations told us where they see themselves and civil society after two years of working to strengthen their base in their communities.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Richard Kohli, on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Ivana Ćirković, on behalf of the partner organization Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Maja Stojanović from Civic Initiatives wished success in the realization of their projects.

Institutional grants provide civil society organizations (CSOs) with the opportunity to receive financial support for institutional empowerment, to develop and strengthen capacities for establishing and strengthening links with citizens.

In addition to financial support for institutional empowerment, organizations will have a specially designed and tailored program for the development and capacity building and improvement of skills and knowledge in a number of areas necessary for the further development of human and organizational resources.

The Government of Switzerland, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has allocated funds in the total amount of 4.8 million euro for the implementation of the first phase of the program, and the ACT project is implemented by the Swiss NGO HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and the Association of Citizens for Democracy and Civic Education Civic Initiatives.