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

Reference No.EuropeAid/170610/DD/ ACT

Contracting Authority: Open Society Foundation for Albania (OSFA)

RESTRICTED CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Replication Phase 2 Sub-grants to support Social Enterprise Development 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 EU under the IPA 2019 Programme, reference EuropeAid/170610/DD/ ACT. The purpose of the project is to improve the inclusion of women and men, boys and girls from Roma and Egyptian communities in Albania by strengthening municipal and CSOs capacities to establish and deliver inclusive services to citizens in the area of employment and inclusive education, by fostering self-employment/employments schemes, social businesses and online education access for Roma and Egyptian children/students at the local level. This project will issue grants to municipalities and CSOs focusing on employment and education of Roma and Egyptians.

The implementation of the first phase of the project is taking place in the Tirana Municipality, where six employment and educational intervention models are being piloted through sub-granting schemes. For the second phase of the project these models will be field-tested, refined and replicated at local government level across Albania in 3 new municipalities: Vlora, Shkodra and Elbasan.

The sub granting scheme for Social Enterprise development in the municipalities of Vlora, Shkodra and Elbasan aims to support local civil society organizations in establishing community based and integrated services in the area of social services, inclusive for Roma and Egyptians. This call for proposal refers to the second phase of the project, in which OSFA will provide 3 grants to CSOs that will develop a Social Enterprise in 3 municipalities (Vlora, Shkodra, and Elbasan).

The objective of this call for proposal is to increase the capacity of CSOs to develop social enterprises to ensure Roma and Egyptians employment, apply for the “Social Enterprise” status and gain access to the Social Enterprise Support Fund granted by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection to support their Roma and Egyptians inclusive social businesses.

CSOs will be supported to develop viable and effective social enterprises which will provide employment for Roma and Egyptians with an emphasis on women and girls.  The social enterprises will be a space in which beneficiaries will develop relevant skills for the labour market, improve family incomes and potentially be an income generation mechanism for the CSOs to fund social activities prioritized from the community.

The sub granting scheme for supporting Social Enterprise development through the provision of community based and inclusive social services shall coordinate with the Social Enterprise Support Fund, established by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. During the replication phase of the sub-granting schemes in 3 new municipalities, each beneficiary CSO will implement their action in one of the three municipalities exclusively: Vlora, Shkodra or Elbasan.

The application package including the “Guidelines for Applicants” and related information on the requirements and the application procedure is available in the following link: www.osfa.al.

The call will remain open for a one month period, October 17, 2023 until November 17, 2023.

Maximum amount contribution per municipality: 30 000 EUR
(90 000 EUR in total)
Concept note for sub-grants to support CSOs to establish Social Enterprises that employ Roma and Egyptians in the municipalities of Vlora, Shkodra and Elbasan.

The deadline for the submission of applications is November 17, 2023 at 17.00 local hrs. This sub-grant scheme is dedicated to local civil society organizations that are registered and operate in Albania.

Each of the applicant CSOs is called to apply with a project proposal that targets one of the three municipalities exclusively (either Vlora, Elbasan, or Shkodra). Applications targeting multiple municipalities will not be accepted.

INFO_SESSION NOTICE: On October 23, 2023 the Contracting Authority (OSFA) will organize a 1-day info session in Tirana for potential grant applicants to inform them about the Call and to provide guidance on developing successful grant proposals. The info session will be held at Destil Creative Hub Tirana at 11:00 AM.

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

  • Guidelines for sub-granting application

Phase 1 Concept note:

  • Annex 1: Application Form Concept Note
  • Annex 2: Declaration by the Lead applicant
  • Annex 3: Mandate by the Co-applicant
  • Annex 4: Declaration in Honour
  • Annex 5: Check List

Phase 2 Full Application:

  • Annex 6: Application Form Full Application
  • Annex 7: Budget Form Full Application
  • Annex 8: Logical Framework Form Full Application