Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives financed by the European Union in the Republic of Moldova Launch of call for nomination for the second edition of the CSO Gala

Chisinau, 25/04/2019 - 10:00, UNIQUE ID: 190425_4
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 Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives

financed by the European Union in the Republic of Moldova

Launch of call for nomination for the second edition of the CSO Gala

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova (EU Delegation) launches the second edition of the European Civil Society Awards Gala (CSO Gala). The EU Delegation rewards tangible results of EU funded initiatives by civil society organisations at national, regional and local levels that made a lasting and positive impact on the Republic of Moldova’s democracy, economic development and social cohesion and promoted European values.

"The Eastern Partnership celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. Over the past decade, the collective efforts of the European Union, its Member States and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine have brought considerable benefits to the citizens including more trade, mobility, increased economic development and better quality of life."[1] Therefore the second edition of the CSO Gala will be organised under the auspices of the 10-year anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.

Support to the Civil Society is a key element of the European Neighbourhood Policy with a view to strengthen and promote its role in reforms and democratic changes taking place and its capacity to engage with public authorities of the Republic of Moldova.

Through the civil society awards, the EU Delegation, as the organiser of the event, seeks to reward the projects and CSO teams that demonstrated innovative approaches to challenging themes or issues, managed to generate significant concrete results and sustainable beneficial impact at local or national level from the projects financed.

All CSOs that received support through the various EU initiatives and programmes, directly or indirectly (through support to third parties) are invited to sign up or be nominated for the awards competition.

The 2019 edition of the CSO Gala will reward projects, financed by the European Union directly or indirectly through subgrants.

Categories for competition:

  1. Stronger governance  – for the best initiative promoting democratic changes in  society and decision-making, engaging them in monitoring policies, antidiscrimination and advocating for changes, defence of human rights, advocacy for policy changes, monitoring the implementation of democratic reform in a particular sector, promoting transparency and accountability of public authorities and institutions, including through professional and independent media, justice reform etc.
  2. Stronger society – for the best initiative in the field of visa liberalisation, education, young generation, culture, research and innovation and/or social initiatives to respond to population needs, reaching especially women, children, elderly, people with disabilities, etc.
  3. Stronger economy – for the initiative which best contributed to smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development, reducing poverty, job creation, economic empowerment, trade promotion, business development, etc.  
  4. Stronger connectivity – for the best initiative in the field of connectivity, energy efficiency, environment, climate change, access to water and sanitation.

Special awards:

  1. Confidence building award - for the best confidence building  initiative contributing to building trust and reconciliation, through concrete, viable solutions to some of the problems that people face on both banks of the Nistru river, through their effective engagement with different stakeholders.
  2. Change-maker award – for the best action implemented by grassroots CSOs that contributed to the development of their community. 
  3. Gender champion award – for the best action promoting gender equality and women empowerment.

All categories will reward and encourage tangible achievements and initiatives by civil society CSOs that significantly contributed to promoting European values.

EU Delegation is the only responsible entity for the coordination, organisation, communication and promotion of the event.

The competition will be based on public nomination process or self-nomination to identify the best EU-funded actions.

CSOs which implemented projects/actions starting with 2008, that are currently finalised or under implementation for a period of at least 12 months, the results of which are presented until this date, are eligible to participate. The 12 months implementation rule is not applicable to subgrants.

The selection of awards will be done by the EU Delegation. Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Impact of the project/action
  • Innovation and creativity of the project/action
  • Efficiency of use of EU funds
  • Outreach and visibility
  • Sustainability of the action

Nomination or self-registration will take place between 25.04.2019 – 17.05.2019.

The competition will be based on submission of:

1. One page description of the project/action implemented by a civil society CSO with particular focus on concrete impact on improving the life of Moldovan citizens, to be submitted in Romanian or Russian languages. The description should make clear reference to the name and contract number of the EU funded project.

2. Communication/visibility products to show off the concrete impact of the project/action funded by the European Union on the daily life of Moldovan citizens. The communication/visibility products can be: videos, photos, communication campaigns, human/feature stories, etc.

The application should be sent to the following functional mailbox address:

Upon organizer’s request, participants have to be able to present official documentation or other evidence which could support the statements. If inconsistencies will be identified or if the applicant will be unable to support essential information provided in the description, the application could be excluded from the competition.

The winners of the competition will be announced ONLY during the Awards Gala and subsequently communicated on the EU Delegation web page.

Projects that received an award during the first edition of the CSO Gala are not eligible.

Certificates and prizes will be awarded during the ceremony.

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