The Mobility Fund for Civil Society Experts is a financial instrument facilitating the transfer of expertise and knowledge sharing between civil society experts in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. This financial instrument is administered by the Romanian NGDO platform (FOND) and is fully financed by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from its Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget.
The Mobility Fund was established in 2013, by FOND, in response to the request expressed by the participants at the 2010 Civil Society Forum Romania – Republic of Moldova that aimed at strengthening the cooperation and dialogue between the NGOs from the two countries.
The Mobility Fund for Civil Society Experts includes two types of financial support: funding for individual missions and small grants awarded to NGOs.
What are the eligibility criteria?
- Representatives (individuals) of civil society/academia from Romania and the Republic of Moldova only. An expert can benefit from only one grant per each financial cycle of the Mobility Fund.
- Experts cannot also be awarded any type of professional fee by the organiser/any other third party.
- Moldovan and Romanian NGOs that aim to exchange experience and best practices in development-related fields.
- For individual mobility missions of NGOs representatives: seminars, working meetings, mentoring activities, individual consultancy services provided that the applicant serves as resource persons;
- For organizations (small grants): public communication activities relating to European integration, workshops, trainings, study visits for groups of 2-5 people in Romania / the Republic of Moldova, short internship programmes in Romanian organisations.
- Each grant does not exceed the threshold of 5000 USD.
What is the application procedure?
FOND launches the call for individual mobility proposals/small grants. For individual mobility missions, applications are accepted on a rolling basis following the first-come first-served principle. The complete application, including the application form, CV, meeting agenda, a brief overview of the activity must be submitted within 15 days prior to the event. An answer should be received in maximum 5 working days.
The grant is awarded in two tranches and covers transportation, accommodation, meals and other incidentals. For small grants, FOND launches a separate call. The application file must include the application form, registration documents and certificates of the applicant and its partners and the last activity report of the applicants and its partners. A commission composed of representatives of FOND, UNDP and the MFA evaluates the applications.
The Mobility Fund supported approximately 20 individual mobility missions and 10 small projects, between 2013 and 2016.
The Mobility Fund for Government Exerts:
- offers a low-risk, low-cost and timely solution for scaling up adequate development solutions upon the request and with the ownership of the partner countries;
- is well suited for small scale interventions that do not require a more ambitious project or programme-type intervention;
- is dedicated to development needs that had not been planned/could not have been planned in advance so as to be financed through other financing modalities, such as annual calls for proposals.
- offers an effective application process;
- can be used as seed funding to assess the potential for partnership development in a partner country.
Budget: 71,000 USD between 2013 and 2015.
Contact person: Adriana Zaharia, Adela Rusu