Roma Healthy Start: grant for community-based organizations

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The Open Society Foundations (OSFs) are offering a grant to support community-based organizations that use elements of the Nurturing Care Concept in their policy models. The aim is to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes, eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality, reduce low birth weight and preterm births, reduce maternal depression, and address the social determinants that affect Roma maternal and child health.

OSFs are looking for inspiring examples of collaborations across sectors designed to improve the health of Roma children and mothers in CEE countries with high Roma population, including but not limited to Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia.

The deadline is March 30, 2018. Find more information on the Open Society Foundations’ website.

OSF seeks new REYN National Networks in Romania and the Czech Republic. Apply now!

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Children at an International Step by Step school in Romania. (ISSA/John McConnico)

We are happy to announce that Open Society Foundations’ Call for Proposals is being relaunched for Romania and launched for the Czech Republic.

The call for proposals aims to set up and establish one national network (one REYN) in Romania and one national network (one REYN) in the Czech Republic as a further step in:


  •  advocating for quality early childhood education and care for Roma children
  •  improving the professional development opportunities for early childhood practitioners working with Roma children, while increasing the  number of Roma professionals, and general support staff.

Applicants can be one organization, or several organizations creating a consortium and applying together with the leading role of the main applicant.

Submitting your proposal:
Please submit your project proposals by registering on the OSF grant portal and submitting the completed templates at this link. Proposals should be submitted on or before 5PM CET on  August 15, 2017.

For more information read the call for proposals. Download the application form here and the budget template here.

Who are the Roma?

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This video by Open Society Foundations explains who the Roma are and what challenges Roma communities face across Europe.

The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion – Croatia report

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The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion (RECI), a joint initiative of the Open Society Early Childhood Program, the Roma Education Fund (REF), and UNICEF, launched its six report about Croatia in February 2015 in Zagreb.

The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion+ (RECI+) Croatia report confirms that education is one of the most critical areas of intervention for Roma children.

Download the report in pdf here

* Picture: A Roma Good Start Project, UNICEF, OSF, REF, ISSA