MINDCHANGERS: a subgranting opportunity for Civil Society Organisations

Consorzio Ong Piemontesi

Relevent Country: Romania

The EU project “Mindchangers: Regions and youth for Planet and People” launches the Second Round of subgranting opportunity for Civil Society Organisations of Dolj County, Romania, to engage young citizens on sustainable development, migration, and climate change.

The present Call is launched by the Consortium of Piedmont NGOs in collaboration with the University of Craiova, and it is open to Civil Society Organisations based in the Dolj County, Romania.

The overall objective of this EU project is to strengthen EU young citizens’ engagement and increase general public’s awareness towards 2030 Agenda and the European Consensus in 6 EU countries. It will be pursued through communication actions and capacity building of small and medium Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LAs).


Actions funded under the present Call for Proposals must:

  • Contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and the pillars “People” and “Planet” of the European Consensus on Development through awareness raising and youth engagement.
  • Strengthen and support the partnerships for development grounded on the local dimension, among CSOs, LAs and young citizens.
  • Include among the activities a combination of campaigns, awareness raising, communication, global learning activities implemented according to the principles of constructive communication
  • Focus on migration and/or climate change


This call will fund projects aimed at youth engagement on SDGs and in particular on two focus areas: Climate Change and Migration.

These projects will have to actively engage young citizens (between 15 and 35 years old) in the Dolj County and outside of the formal school system.

The specific objectives are:

  • To foster youths as active agents of development and change, by mobilising them locally and at international level.
  • To innovate LAs and CSOs’ strategies to reach and engage youths, on the topics of sustainable development and international cooperation, specifically on the focus areas of Climate Change and Migration.
  • The core activity of the Action is subgranting, in order to fund projects realised by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LAs) aimed at youth engagement on SDGs and in particular on two focus areas: Climate Change and Migration

Funding Information

  • The overall amount made available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 68.000
  • The EU contribution must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
  • Minimum amount: EUR 5.000
  • Maximum amount: EUR 15.000

Target Group

The actions financed by the Mindchangers call for proposals must involve and engage EU young citizens between 15 and 35 years old as the main target group.

Eligibility Criteria

Actions can include the following actors:

  • Lead applicant: the lead applicant has to meet the eligibility criteria referred below. If awarded the grant contract, the lead applicant will become the main interlocutor of the Consortium of Piedmont Ngos (COP). It represents and acts on behalf of the other co-applicant(s) (if any) and coordinates the design and implementation of the Action.
  • Co-applicant(s): the co-applicant has to meet the eligibility criteria mentioned in the official website. It participates in designing and implementing the Action, and the costs it incurs are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • Associate(s): any other organisations/institutions involved in the action. Such associates play a real role in the action but may not receive funding from the grant. Associates do not have to meet the eligibility criteria mentioned in the website. They must be clearly mentioned in the grant application form, they have to formally declare their participation (e.g. with a letter of interest) but they do not have to sign the “Declaration by the third party”
  • Contractors: lead applicant and co-applicant(s) are permitted to award contracts. Associates cannot be also contractors in the project. Contractors are subject to the procurement rules set out in the Practical guide on contract procedures for European Union external action (PRAG 2016) and they must not be indicated in the grant application form, but selected once the grant contract is awarded.
  • Civil Society Organizations based in the Dolj County. Two or more organizations can join together to submit the same project; in this case, an organization has to be appointed as lead applicant, the others are considered as co-applicants.

Lead applicants and co-applicants must be Civil Society Organisation (CSO) and they must:

  • be officially existing as a legal person and
  • be non-profit-making and
  • be established or based (headquarters or decentralised office) in the Dolj County, Romania and have existed since at least 2 years and
  • be small or medium-sized organisations (less than EUR 2 million yearly turn over in the last two years) and have at least 30 members/supporters/volunteers in the region to ensure popular anchorage and
  • be working on sectors related to international cooperation and/or global citizenship education, to be demonstrated by their statutes and
  • demonstrate to have carried out activities in the field of development awareness raising/campaigning/communication/global learning for at least the last 2 years and
  • not have had EU DEAR funding as lead applicant, co-applicant, sub-contractor or third party (having used subgranting) in the frame of the current DEAR call (EuropeAid/160048/DH/ACT/Multi).

Involvement of Local Authorities in the proposed projects should be fostered somehow and it is highly recommended.

Lead applicants and co-applicants may only be eligible to receive one financial support to third party within the framework of this call for proposal. Consequently:

  • a CSO may not submit more than one application as a lead applicant or co-applicant under this call for proposals;
  • a CSO that has applied as a lead applicant or co-applicant in one application may be an associate in other applications at the same time;
  • lead applicants and co-applicants granted within the First Round of the call cannot apply in this Second Round as a lead applicant or co-applicant but they may be an associate in other applications.

Source: https://www.ongpiemonte.it/news/mindchangers-call-romania-2/