Call for Proposals: Increasing Performance and Employability of Roma Secondary School Students

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Detailed Description

The Roma Education Fund (REF) has launched a call for the selection of implementing partner organization in Turkey in the field of increasing performance and employability of Roma secondary school students.


  • The objective of the call is to select a partner organization for the implementation of activities related to increasing the academic performance and employability of Roma secondary school students. It is designed in a way to provide a bridge between secondary and tertiary education, as well as between secondary education and the labor market, but should as well be included support to Roma students in education in respect to needed mitigation of the negative consequences of COVID-19 and its potential reoccurring.
  • Particular attention will be paid to gender-sensitive approach and its mainstreaming in the project implementation.
  • There will be one grant awarded in the country of operations.

Funding Information

The available country-based budget which cannot be exceeded for the project period is:

  • Turkey – 49,233 EUR

Geographical Coverage

  • Eligible geographical areas where the project should be realized are: Turkey – Edirne, Tekirdag, and Izmir.

Note: The applicant needs to take into consideration during the selection of specific locations that the proposed project activities cannot take place at those locations where there is currently an on-going REF supported project.

Targeted Groups

  • The main target group for the activities are Roma students in 3rd and 4th year of secondary education. Note: The beneficiaries of this project cannot be persons who are beneficiaries of other REF’s interventions in the countries of operations.
  • Total number of beneficiaries to be included in Turkey is 80 students, however size of target groups (below) might be changed slightly due to local context and project needs. based on justified needs.
  • Number of scholarship recipients 80/year
  • Number of students participating in mentoring and tutoring 80/year
  • Number of students in the employment related activities 80/year

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for the grants, the following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Legally registered non-governmental organization in the given country;
  • Operational capacity: systems and processes for ensuring sound management of funds. At a minimum, an organization needs to have basic accounting and reporting systems;
  • Proven relevant experience and indicating ability to fulfill the objectives of the action;
  • Core values in line with REF’s values – tenacity, integrity, justice, accountability and inquisitiveness – and REF’s commitment to integration and gender mainstreaming.

Selection Criteria

  • Track record of project implementation: priority will be given for organizations which have proven their management capabilities, commitment and effectiveness, according to satisfactory monitoring reports, as well as successful outcomes with REF as partner organizations. Additionally, organizations which have proven the closure of similar relevant projects will also be considered.
  • Geographical operation of the organization: the project activities will be implemented in areas of the project countries which extend REF’s geographical coverage and add new beneficiaries. Organizations with proven affiliation and work in the given territorial area will be a basic condition of funding.
  • Experience with Roma community and target groups: REF will prioritize organizations that are rooted in their community and operate with community input, involvement, and investment.
  • Roma involvement in planning and management project: REF prioritizes organizations in which Roma participation is encouraged and valued.


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