Idea contest for civil society actors on measures to be included in the Action Programme for Combating Racism

The Ministry of Justice is launching an idea contest with the aim of inviting civil society organisations to participate in the planning of measures to be included in the Government Action Programme for Combating Racism and Promoting Good Relations between Population Groups. 

The contest has three different categories:

1)    Project category
Civil society actors may propose measures that they themselves would take in order to promote the objectives of the Action Programme at local, regional or national level. 

2)    Youth category
Young people’s own organisations and youth councils may propose measures that they themselves would take in order to promote the objectives of the Action Programme at local level. We hope that the proposed measures would focus on raising awareness of anti-racism and non-discrimination among young people. The maximum amount of an individual grant to be awarded for a project in the youth category is EUR 2,000.

3)    Challenge category
Civil society actors have the opportunity to propose concrete measures to be included in the Action Programme for Combating Racism and Promoting Good Relations between Population Groups. The proposed measures must be primarily targeted at the public sector. The best ideas may be included into the Action Programme and the sender of the idea is called into planning the suggested measure further. The ideas will be assessed using the following criteria: 

a)    feasibility
b)    innovativeness. 

The ideas in categories 1 and 2 must be presented to the Ministry of Justice in the form of projects with a specified budget, as the rewarded ideas will be financed from the Ministry’s budget appropriations for government grants. 

Grants are awarded for time-limited development projects. Organisations, associations and foundations with legal capacity may apply for grants. Grants cannot be awarded to municipalities, working groups, private individuals, educational institutions or businesses. As an exception to the general rule, a grant may be awarded to a municipality or another public authority, if the funding is applied for a project that will be carried out by a local or regional working group, relevant to the topics of the action programme (the local youth council, local Roma working group or similar).        

The application period begins on 22 October 2020 and ends on 30 November 2020 at 16:15. Please use the application form to apply.

The decisions will be made in December 2020. The applicants will be informed of the decisions by email to the address they have provided in the application form.

The Ministry of Justice may use up to EUR 120,000 for the grants.

The Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001) applies to the grants.

Inquiries

Katriina Nousiainen, Senior Specialist 
Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Autonomy and Equality EU funding programmes in the field of justice  equality  0295150275