Open call for proposal

Location: Albania

Project: Inclusive EduJobs – Towards Context Relevant Policies and Services Enhancing Employability and Educational Outcomes of Roma and Egyptians in Albania

EU Grant Contract No.: IPA/2022/432-813

Contracting Authority: Open Society Foundation for Albania (OSFA)

Title: Replication Phase 2 – Sub-grants to support: Self-Employment Business Incubator and Blended Education for Roma and Egyptians in the Municipalities of Vlora, Shkodra and Elbasan

The Open Society Foundation for Albania (OSFA), in cooperation with the the Social Action and Innovation Centre (Kentro Merimnas Oikogeneias kai Pai Diou (KMOP) and the Municipality of Tirana (MoT) is implementing the three-year project titled: “Inclusive EduJobs – Towards Context Relevant Policies and Services Enhancing Employability and Educational Outcomes of Roma and Egyptians in Albania”. This project is funded by the European Union under the IPA 2019 Programme, reference: EuropeAid/170610/DD/ACT/AL.

The aim of the project is to improve the inclusion of women and men, boys and girls from Roma and Egyptian communities in Albania by strengthening the capacities of the municipalities to establish and deliver inclusive services to citizens in the area of employment and inclusive education.

The Open Call for Proposals is dedicated to local civil society organizations that are registered and operate in Albania. Elligible applicants should apply with project proposals targeting one municipality exclusively (Elbasan, Vlora, or Shkodra) and comply with the main objectives of the project related to the Business Incubator Scheme and Blended Education Scheme, as follows:

a) Design contextual self-employment and employment supporting packages/models in a participatory way, involving municipalities, primarily Roma and Egyptian CSOs as well as other CSOs and ensuring the necessary link to the existing government programs, increasing and improving employment opportunities for R/E individuals. The government self-employment program, is implemented by the National Agency for Employment and Skills and Ministry of Finance and Economy, based on the Council of Ministers Decision (CoMD), Nr. 348, dated 29.4.2020: “On the procedures, criteria and rules for the implementation of the incentive program through self-employment”.

b) Improve educational inclusion and educational achievements of Roma and Egyptian children and students by means of new educational approach (blended learning and digital education). Provide support to public schools in the municipalities of Vlora, Shkodra and Elbasan, to upgrade their ICT infrastructure. The ICT devices will be used in the classroom as well as for after-school activities to boost the Roma and Egyptians educational achievements. School community will also upgrade their digital competencies to be capable to effectively use technology to improve educational outcome of students particularly Roma and Egyptians.

Through the sub-grant scheme, the project will finance medium-sized projects, according to relevant thematic fields.

LOT 1 up to 37 000 EUR per municipality (110 000 EUR in total) Sub-Grants to increase Roma and Egyptians self-employment and access to self-employment governmental funding (Business Incubator) in three municipalities: Vlora, Shkodra and Elbasan.
LOT 2 up to 30 000 EUR per municipality (90 000 EUR in total) Sub-Grants to CSOs to support compulsory education for Roma and Egyptian students to improve learning environment through ICT infrastructure upgrade and better access to Blended Education, in three municipalities: Vlora, Shkodra, Elbasan.

The deadline for the submission of applications is November 06, 2023 at 17.00 local hrs.

These sub-grant schemes are dedicated to local civil society organizations that are registered and operate in Albania. It is important to note that the applicants should apply with project proposals targeting one municipality exclusively (Elbasan, Vlora, or Shkodra).

In the first phase the project was implemented by the sub-grantee, the Center for Social Advocacy in Tirana Municipality. This organisation has trained 30 young women and men from the Roma and Egyptian minorities on how to establish and operate their own businesses, with three women subsequently receiving funds to start their own. Overall, the project will support a total of 60 new businesses from Roma and Egyptian individuals during the implementation period.

The ARSIS Initiative and the CSO Community Empowering and Organizing have identified six schools in Tirana – “Androkli Kostallari”, “Gjon Buzuku”, “Yzberisht”, “Bajram Curri”, “Pal Ëngjëlli”, “Ramazan Jarani” – as the project aim is for over 1800 Roma and Egyptian students to benefit from the ICT devices and receive trainings on blended education and after-school activities.

Please download the Guidelines with instructions for this call and Annexes:

  • Guidelines for sub-granting application
  • Annex 1: Application Form
  • Annex 2: Budget Form
  • Annex 3: Logical Framework Form
  • Annex 4: Declaration by the Lead applicant
  • Annex 5: Mandate by the Co-applicant
  • Annex 6: Declaration in Honour
  • Annex 7: Check List