The Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) aims to support Barvalipe Schools that provide a reflective, dynamic, and creative experience for Roma university graduates who want to progress from scholarship to public leadership. In pursuit of this goal, RIO invites proposals from Roma NGOs in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey for projects that will provide opportunities for rebuilding dignity and pride, as well as developing confidence, competence, and self-reliance among Roma university graduates between the ages of 25 and 35.
Lead applicants should be Roma NGOs registered in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, or Turkey. RIO defines a Roma NGO as an organization in which at least 50 percent of the membership (in the case of associations), the governance body, and the senior management openly declare their Roma ethnic origin.
Applicant organizations should have the necessary understanding, expertise, and experience to conduct relevant projects, and should also have a history of undertaking programs that align with the objectives of Barvalipe.
Organizations registered in non-eligible countries, international organizations, universities, and other relevant institutions may be partners in a project.
Organizations may participate in more than one proposal.
All proposals should explain how applicants’ ideas will support groups of Roma graduates in the following:
- articulating a collective narrative that can build on the historical achievements of Roma intellectuals and leaders; building pride in belonging to Roma communities that are rich in diversity but share much and are able to resist oppression; nurturing self-worth, self-definition, and self-respect; and finding strength to imagine a better future and deepen their own desire to search for dignity and fulfillment
- building a sense of collective purpose among various communities, local cultures, and political orientations: the schools should help with critical reflection about the key collective challenge of the Roma in each country, and promote courage, a sense of urgency, and a shared commitment to engaging throughout the school; the groups should transform the brilliance of individuals into the brilliance of the collective
- leadership confidence: the schools should not define leadership as people in positions of formal authority; they should promote leadership as readiness to take the risk and responsibility of working with others to act upon a collective purpose and accumulate the collective power of knowledge, skills, time, connections, and material resources
Concept papers must be submitted online through the Open Society Foundations Grant Portal using the template provided. Applicants have the option of submitting a short video in addition to their concept paper.
Please read the full application guidelines before preparing your concept paper.
Help with submitting a concept paper and managing your profile is available throughout the portal. If you encounter problems during the application process, please contact us at [email protected].
The deadline for submitting concept papers is midnight Central European Time on July 1, 2015.