Reimbursable Grant Program
This Program provides support to Roma NGOs in accessing EU Structural Funds and other associated funds. An advance is provided to organizations which have been awarded grants from EU sources, allowing them to start activities before actual financing from the respective government agencies or the EU becomes available. Since 2006, the REF has helped 21 NGOs in three countries, i.e. the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, to mobilize EUR 2.5 million of EU support with EUR 290,000 REF contribution. The Program has been set up as a pilot facility available for the EU member states, but will now be extended for non-EU members, principally in the Western Balkans. The REF is also lobbying the EU and the respective government agencies managing EU funds for procedures that allow NGOs easier access to these funds.