Eight applicants from Croatia have been awarded funding in the amount of HRK 4 million within the EU's Europe for Citizens programme, after competing against applicants from 32 participating countries, the Croatian government's Office for NGOs said on Wednesday.
The projects that have been awarded funding will be implemented by three associations - the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, the centre for dealing with the past "Documenta" and the European House - Slavonski Brod, four municipalities - Vidovec, Beretinec, Cestica and Podgora - and the town of Vodnjan.
The funding awarded to Croatian associations is 3% higher than the funding awarded last year.
Fifty-three organisations, towns and municipalities from Croatia are participating in the Europe for Citizens programme as partners in projects worth HRK 24.8 million.
Projects under that programme will be implemented in 2015 and 2016 by users from Croatia and they will also involve representatives of 14 EU member countries and candidate countries.
Croatian users of the programme will organise festivals, summer schools and volunteer and children camps promoting multicultural dialogue and tolerance. Also, project activities will affirm common European values by dealing with the past and commemorating victims of totalitarian regimes, with the purpose of achieving sustainable peace.
Projects under the Europe for Citizens programme also deal with the EU's future, they promote an active European citizenship, a common European identity, social entrepreneurship and self-employment and development of rural areas, they analyse and raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities and the elderly, and they discuss differences among EU citizens and Euro-skepticism.
Europe for Citizens has been available in Croatia since 2008, and since then 84 projects of non-profit organisations and units of local and regional self-government have been implemented under that programme.
The purpose of the programme is to encourage an active European citizenship by granting funding to organisations that work on affirming the European identity and the sense of belonging to the EU through networking and exchange of competencies, experiences, traditions and visions of progress.