Outcome 1: Increased citizen participation in civic activities

Small projects

Granted amount: 12 510,00 Eur

Summary:

There is a passivity in the activities of the rural community, a reluctance to participate in active civic activities. This situation was exacerbated by the abolition of the school and the cultural center. To motivate community citizens, we need:

- Develop community leaders (especially among young people);

- Initiate engaging and exciting activities that promote active citizenship through teamwork;

- Organize meetings - exchange of good practice with other NGOs in the region.

 The main goal of the project is to seek more active participation of young and middle-aged and senior citizens of Degaičiai rural community in civic activities.

Target groups:

1. Young up to 29 years (80 persons)

2. Middle-aged and elderly persons (100 persons).

Project results:

1. Completed practical-experiential classes (24 academic hours, 15 project participants);

2. 3 events were organized in the community (3 events, 125 project participants);

3. Created 1 information film (30 minutes) about community project activities (1 film);

4. 2 meetings were organized to share experience with regional NGOs (2 meetings, 40 project participants).

180 representatives of the target group will take part in the activities. After completing these activities, 15 percent. the civic activity of the community will increase (in the current situation, only 8% of the declared population (780) are active.

Implementation period: 24/09/2020 - 23/01/2022

Partners: Association Žlibinai community

Granted amount: 11 399,00 Eur

Summary: 

The number of inhabitants in the villages are diminishing every year. Families choose the city for their free time. Communities of villages are trying to involve local people in different activities, but only people 40 and older are willing to participate in the life of the community. The aim of this project is to create favorable conditions for young people to start being more involved into local activities and develop their patriotic feelings. 

The Scouts of Plungė noticed, that leaders of communities try to involve young people permanently into activities. This is important for young people as well because self-realization is closely connected with self-esteem. Work for the local community strengthens self-confidence and identity. Lastly, engagement into different sorts of work serves as preventive means.

The goals of the project are as follows:

1. to participate in at least 10 events organized by village communities of Plungė district and cooperate in community meeting in 2021. 

2.To involve young people from villages into active life of local communities and strengthen their patriotic feelings.

The ambition of the project is to make joint events with Scouts and village communities and along encouraging village youth to take part in the local activities, events, coming projects, community work and share ideas and results in FB.

The target group would consist of 14–29 year-old villagers, some older activists and Scouts.

Indirect impact will be felt by other village inhabitants when young people will activate the cultural life in the villages.

The expected outcome could be:

1. Groups of young people from 10 villages are organized (around 70–100 people)

2. They would share ideas, experiences in Facebook page „Home is here“ created and administrated by  the Scouts of Plungė city.

3. It would be achieved by organizing joint meetings with ten village communities and associations for discussions about their plans and ways to implement them and organize a general community meeting in 2021.

Implementation period: 14/10/2020 - 13/04/2022

Granted amount: 13 445,00 Eur

Summary: 

As people's lives improve, consumption and the associated pollution and destruction of nature increase sharply. To start changing this situation, we need to start with ourselves - we must strive to change ourselves as a consumer, to develop responsibility towards nature. The aim of the project is to teach the local community about sustainable consumption, change thinking and form a system of values based on environmental dimensions. During the project we plan to:

• 280 participants will gain basic knowledge about sustainable food selection, preparation, consumption, benefits;

• 10 participants will learn to sew, gain knowledge on how to make scraps, sew, repair, change clothes, sew bedding or other necessary items;

• 150 participants in creative educational sessions will learn to give a "second life" to used things that are no longer needed;

• 2 “heat exchange huts” will be built where people will be able to leave their own and choose the right clothes, shoes, other household items, books and magazines for themselves;

• 15 project participants will attend English language courses;

• The concentration and citizenship of community members will increase, more people will be attracted to civil society, volunteering activities, and their activity and skills will increase.

In our project, we will try to show what we can each do on a daily basis, choosing food, making or eating at home, buying a new garment or item, to be as wasteful as possible and to be closer to a philosophy of waste without waste.

Implementation period: 10/10/2020 - 09/04/2022

Granted amount: 14 947,65 Eur

Summary: 

Domeikava eldership consists of 14 villages among which is the largest village in Lithuania . It has a population of about 10,000 people and is constantly growing due to intensive construction works around. Young people make up the greater part of the new population. It is difficult to reach and involve the youth age group, it is difficult to get involved in civic activities.

Through this project, we will create fun activities for young people, such as: interview lectures and interviews with live witnesses on January 13; organize a patriotic march through the historical sites of Domeikava eldership; invite you to contribute to the hiking route; we will create a booklet of historical objects of Domeikava eldership; organize guides training through the community of local people, especially youth; develop youth volunteer groups for activities; organize a live concert youth festival concert-festival performing a patriotic songs; we will invite young people to create an initiative group whose task will be to present the historical objects of Domeikava eldership in interesting and attractive forms, in order to actively engage themselves in civic activities and to involve the whole community actively in them.

Through this project, we hope that citizens, especially young people, will become more involved in civic activities and initiatives. The project focuses on cooperation with all local NGOs, Domeikava eldership education and budget institutions, thus the project activities and initiatives will reach geographically distant residents of Domeikava eldership;

One of the selected target groups is the youth age group and people actively and civilly working with young people, we will seek to involve them in various civic actions and initiatives, raise their competences through training and seminars, and promote more active involvement and participation in civic activities.

We hope that 15% more and more active residents of Domeikava eldership will get involved in civic campaigns, initiatives and events.

Implementation period: 01/10/2020 - 30/12/2021

Medium projects

Partners:

Charity foundation "Home care service"

Human Resources Monitoring and Development Bureau

Union of Vilkaviškis District Rural Communities

Velferdsalliansen EAPN Norway

Ethnohouse "Gile"

Order of Malta Relief Organisation in Lithuania

"Innovators’ Valley"

The Blessed J. Matulaitis Family support center

Klaipeda's Mary The Queen of Peace parish Caritas

Public Institution "House of Arts and Education"

Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights

Granted amount: 71 922,78 Eur

Summary:

Purpose of the project: to involve vulnerable groups (people experiencing poverty and social exclusion) in the public policy decision-making process and to enable them to represent their interests.

Vulnerable groups if people often do not have the real opportunities or capabilities to express their proposals. Poverty lowers their dignity and causes helplessness. Experience of other countries has shown that the inclusion of the people in poverty can be addressed in various ways. Meetings of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion are being organized in many European countries. During these events individuals have the opportunity to express their concerns and make suggestions, thus shaping the agendas of organizations and politicians to address poverty in the country. Based on the international experience this project will seek to organize regional and national meetings of people experiencing poverty. The aim is to make people aware of and to discuss human rights (social and civic rights) and to find out if people encounter violations of these rights in everyday life. Public authorities will also attend the meetings.

The project will consist of three phases: the first phase will include the development of a methodology for organizing and moderating meetings of people experiencing poverty and their inclusion in public administration, as well as training for civil society organizations. The second phase will include regional meetings of people experiencing poverty. Meetings will be organized in every county of Lithuania. The meetings will be moderated by an experienced Forum theatre expert in cooperation with regional coordinators. In the third phase, the regional coordinators will independently organize regional meetings in their own counties using the developed methodology.

The issues and suggestions discussed during the meetings will be published in a separate publication, presented to ministries, municipalities and members of the Parliament and used for further advocacy of CSO’s. During the project an awareness campaign will be developed.

Implementation period: 01/12/2020 - 31/05/2022

Granted amount: 71 450,96 Eur

Summary:

The aim of the project is to strengthen civil society through volunteering by connecting citizens, businesses and non-profit organizations with smart technologies. The Hands ON Connect platform is an online tool that hosts an annual volunteering calendar. This volunteer management platform allows management and direction of flows of people and volunteering opportunities. Volunteers will see in their accounts the activities they have done, the time they volunteered, the change they created. NGOs will see the statistics of volunteers' involvement and areas where the impact was created. The platform allows for NGOs- to measure the value created, increase the effectiveness of volunteer recruitment; for the citizens to use fast and clear tool, variety of activities, knowledge on target groups; for business- motivated employees, sense of meaning, facilitated coordination. Target groups: young students/workers, young families, people aged 45+, businesses, NGOs.

A study by the Civil Society Institute (2019): The risk, if involved in civic activities, to become suspect for selfish incentives would seem possible to 57 percent of respondents; that you will be publicly attacked - 52 percent. Spinter Survey (2019): 31 percent participates in voluntary activities, 62 percent –do not, 28 percent respondents would be motivated to volunteer if would have more information about where and how to get involved in volunteering. NGOs and other type of organizations that host volunteers face lack of volunteer involvement, also negative attitudes towards their target groups. It is planned to involve 400 active platform users in volunteering: 200 business representatives from 15-20 companies and 100 civil society representatives, 120 volunteer opportunities in the annual calendar will be presented. By publishing activities, we will also change attitude towards volunteering in positive way, especially by presenting the potential of volunteering: volunteering with family, short-term volunteering, various areas of volunteering. This project will strengthen the competencies of NGOs' staff, also it will reduce stigma and stereotype.

Implementation period: 24/09/2020 - 23/03/2022

Partners: UAB „Magnet LT“

Lithuanian Youth Council

Granted amount: 80 000,00 Eur 

Summary:

Project „Mission Siberia“ is the Lithuanian project which builds social awareness, patriotism and civic engagement by encouraging to preserve Lithuanian history. The main problem is the lack of tools which can help young people to express their civic engagement and inspire them to become valuable members of civic society. In this project both target groups: young people who already formed their sense of civic engagement and those who are still forming it, are engaged to civic activities in practical way. Unfortunately, at Lithuanian schools’ teachers are usually focused only on the theoretical basis of civic engagement.

The project organizes expeditions to the places where Lithuanian people were deported and imprisoned during the Soviet occupation. During those expeditions, young people can touch the history with their own hands, clean up Lithuanian cemeteries, document and collect local people‘s stories and do other memorial activities. After the expedition digital tools, communication campaigns are implemented and meetings with participants of the expedition are organized in Lithuanian schools, communities, youth NGOs for discussing Lithuanian history and encouraging young people to participate in the life of the civic society.

The target audience of this project is young people who still form their sense of citizenship. The project also creates positive image of young generation in the society, reduces the gap between younger generation and elderly people, involves young people who live outside main Lithuanian cities and promotes intercultural relationships. „Mission Siberia“ has been organized for 15 years in a row and is recognized and supported by politicians, the media, business, the cultural and academic communities.

Implementation period: 01/10/2020 - 31/10/2021

Partners: Visaginas Community Foundation

Granted amount: 67 225,37 Eur

Summary:

The project is necessary in order to ensure that aging population of Visaginas is not ignored in the strategic decisions of the local government. The needs of the target group will be considered throughout the project lifetime.

The project application is submitted for the Outcome 1 since project objectives and activities aim to increase the participation of the target group in civic activities, involve them in consultations with local decision-makers, attract volunteers etc. In addition to this, it is planned to submit proposals on the involved decision-making to local governing institutions.

The goal of the project is to enable the target group of Visaginas people to actively participate in civic activities and express their opinion on the local decisions related to the creation of a favorable living environment for older people. Project target groups:

- Elder (aged 65+) persons of Visaginas and participants of Visaginas TAU activities, who will be informed about civil rights, active citizenship, volunteering, critical thinking, and who will participate in the “Discussion Space” activities – civic meetings, discussions, generation of the proposals for the local government;

- CSOs in Visaginas engaging older people, which will network and become more involved in activities promoting active citizenship.

 

Results – senior persons of Visaginas enabled to actively participate in civic activities and represent their interests: 2 public awareness campaigns were implemented; the “Discussion Space” was established and completed; 130 members of the target group were informed about civil rights and civic participation; volunteers were attracted; consultations with local governing institutions were carried out with the participation of the target group; Visaginas Municipality Council of Seniors was established and started carrying out activities; network of CSOs operating in Visaginas municipality was initiated; the international experience of the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was analyzed and adapted to Resolution on joining the Network; the conference was organized, during which the Resolution was adopted and presented to local authorities.

Implementation period: 01/10/2020 - 30/09/2021

Partners:  Women’s Issue Information Centre

Association "Kaunas women's line"

Granted amount: 75 469,67 Eur

Summary:

The Women's Helpline (WHL) has been operating for more than 16 years and has branches in Klaipeda, Kaunas and Vilnius. However, it still is able to answer only every second call for emotional support. This is due to insufficient:

- number of volunteers available,

- line operating time,

- awareness of the line so that those seeking for emotional support could reach it at any time of the day. Project You Can is aimed at expanding the emotional support provided by the WHL volunteers by phone and online and promoting the idea of volunteering. 

Project target groups: WHL volunteers; individuals seeking help from WHL; adult members of society able to get engaged in volunteering.

Activities envisaged in the project are designed at increasing the availability and visibility of the emotional support provided by the WHL. Through social informational campaigns the project will encourage the country's citizens to get involved in voluntary activity providing emotional support, which is in line with the general goals of the APF Program. In that way, the project strengthens the education of civil society and its values.

Moreover, by training more volunteers and extending the working hours of the WHL, accessibility of emotional support increases. Raising the competencies of volunteers ensures the quality of provided help, psycho-hygiene of a volunteer. The project will also provide an opportunity to exchange good practices with foreign partners thus strengthening the quality and effectiveness of emotional support provided by the WHL, which is related to the Program's goal of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the entities of the Lithuanian civil society organizations and donor countries. The activities of the project will also contribute to dealing with the problem of gender-based violence, increasing access to assistance for people with disabilities, those, experiencing psychological crises, at risk of suicide, what would be in line with the general objectives of the APF Program to empower vulnerable groups.

Implementation period: 01/12/2020 - 31/05/2022

Partners: Union of Kaunas Region Communities 

Granted amount: 51 976,43 Eur 

Summary:

Project:

• addresses the problem of inadequate citizen involvement in solving climate change, the environmental issues and a lack of motivating information.

• aims to strengthen civil society, raise awareness of communities on climate change and environmental issues, and build their capacity to participate in the implementation of EU and Lithuanian strategic objectives in this field through local action.

The target group of the project is Kaunas District communities. Although there is some activity in these communities, the issues of climate change and environmental protection lack a deeper understanding of the causes, issues and focus of action.

The project activities (environmental awareness and advocacy seminars, roundtable discussions, etc.) will raise the awareness for Kaunas District communities on climate change and environmental issues, as well as help strengthen the capacities of these communities. In addition, civil society activities, through involvement on local climate, development of strategies for mitigation and environmental improvement will help establish long-term policy improvement.

The project partner Kaunas District Union of Community Organizations will contribute to the sustainable dissemination of results in all Kaunas District communities. Publicity activities of the project will also help to disseminate the results of the project in the communities of other Lithuanian municipalities.

The project is linked to the ACF's overall objectives of strengthening civil society and active citizenship and contributes particularly to the following outcomes of the ACF: 

• to increase citizen participation in civic activities

• to support civic education through the provision of capacity building to CSOs (civil society organizations)

• to develop CSO partnerships with public/private entities.

Implementation period: 05/10/2020 - 04/04/2022

Partners: The House of Activity and Creativity

Granted amount: 52 334,51 Eur

Summary:

Environmental issues have become one of the most important topics in political, social and cultural discourse in recent years. However, in many cases, possible solutions to these problems remain at the abstract level and it remains unclear to the individual. The axis of this project is to raise awareness of environmental issues and to enable people to act, to develop a civic and responsible attitude towards their environment. This responds to the general objectives of the Active Citizen Fund, which identify concerns about raising public awareness of environmental issues.

The aim of the Zero Waste Generation project is to bring environmental problems closer to the person, help to understand how our daily choices can influence the solution of the discussed problems. Promoting less consumption, developing new habits for a more sustainable lifestyle, disseminating do-it-yourself culture and urban gardening etc.

The target group of the project is families with young children, families expecting a baby, pre-school children and primary school children, as well as pre-school and primary education staff. It is for these target groups that we will model and develop activities that will enable children to be raised and brought up in a sustainable way, to develop awareness and respect for their environment from an early age. In finding the best and most effective way to promote lower consumption and develop new habits for a more sustainable lifestyle, we will first turn to children and the environments where their habits - family, home and education - are formed. If parents, teachers have the knowledge and skills to educate children, how to implement good practices in their daily lives, children will adopt and perceive a more sustainable lifestyle as a natural way of life. During the project we will implement several different blocks of activities that will complement each other and form a whole project: seminars and workshops for families, open "Master's Kitchen" events, the creation of "DIY" playgrounds for children etc.

Implementation period: 19/10/2020 - 18/08/2021

Large projects

Partners: Taurage Town Local Action Group

The community „Skaudvilės kraštas“

Local Action Group „Pajurio krastas“

Village communities ,,Saulietekis‘‘

The union of Biržai region village communities

Regional Council of the five municipalities of Hardanger (Norway)

Vestland fylkeskommune (Vestland County Council) (Norway)

Granted amount: 134 816,23 Eur 

Summary:

The main problem of the project focuses on the engagement of civic initiatives and local democracy at municipal and regional level, involving local community groups in the regional municipalities (Kaunas, Tauragė, Jurbarkas, Šilalė, Pagėgiai, Zarasai, Ignalina, Biržai, Klaipėda and Kaunas district municipalities and others). 

The proposed project is in line with the aims of the APF program to develop civil society and to promote the involvement of socially vulnerable groups, and is within the scope of Impact 1, promoting greater citizen participation in civic activities (Outcome 1). It is also consistent with the thematic priority of focusing on geographically remote regions and the implementation of partnerships and the promotion of bilateral partnerships. 

The project is based on the idea that inter-institutional partnerships between local government (municipality), local communities and civic groups and other stakeholders in the municipality allow to balance different interests, enhance local democracy, support civic initiatives and participate in local politics and strategic planning processes, contribute to wellbeing in remote municipalities. The main activities of the project include identification and assessment of the local democracy situation and community participation in municipal areas (activities 1.1 and 1.2), training of community representatives in local democracy and civic leadership, as well as Sustainable development issues (activities 2.1), cooperation with Norwegian partners (activities 3.1) and networking and communication activities (Actions 2.2, 4.1 and 4.2). Main results: study, 300 persons trained, 1 visit with Norwegian partners, networking and communication activities (digital tools testing, local needs seminars and discussions).

Implementation period: 01/12/2020 - 31/05/2023

Partners: Panevezys Alumni

Lithuanian Norwegian Chamber of Commerce 

Granted amount: 126 000,00 Eur

Summary:

Project is meant to solve the problem of limited participation of Lithuanians residing abroad in the public life of Lithuania with belief that there are groups of diaspora with has obvious though insufficiently satisfied needs.  

The first target group of the project are diaspora professionals as a group prone for civic engagement with a need for result oriented and comprehensive tools that are currently absent.

The second target group are Lithuanian organizations of non-governmental and public sectors with the need to expand their target audience and/or specific skills and experiences. 

The main goal of the project is to create an environment for civic participation of diaspora professionals in Lithuania. 

During the project, the applicant along with partners will create an ecosystem for civic activation of Lithuanian professional diaspora. 

The ecosystem will be based on a platform designed as one reference point for connection of target groups for the cooperation. The role of applicant is to actively summon and curate task force groups around the expressed needs of target groups in order to create success stories and work out best practices and recommendations for cooperation. 

We expect at least 2.500 diaspora professionals and over 30 organizations of non-governmental and public sectors to register within the platform over the course of the project. They we form over 20 task force groups, with at least 10 of them reaching their pre-set goals.  

We expect target groups to comprehend the value of cooperation, as well as each other’s needs and expectations better by the end of the project as a qualitative result. The internet platform is intended to become a space for constant new connections even after the project finishes.

Implementation period: 02/11/2020 - 01/11/2022

Partners: Vytautas Magnus university Centre for Enterprise Practice

Granted amount: 149 180,00 Eur

Summary:

Problem: the social and civic situation of the youth from Lithuanian regions are not well: there exists a high level of migration, poverty, a high rate of unemployment, a low sense of citizenship, people hardly get involved in public and civic activities. There also exists a lack of inclusive and effective citizenship education programmes for the youth. The effect, which is wanted and coherence with the goals of the programme: the project is directly oriented into the main goal of APF – to strengthen the civic community, as well as the result – a strong civic community and active citizenship in Lithuania. The target group is one of the most vulnerable ones in Lithuania – the youth from regions. 

The goal – to promote active civic participation of Lithuanian youth in multiple social and public politic processes, as well as contribute to making the quality of public education better. Project activities and results:

- Ready-to-use methodical tool „Citizenship education for the youth – BeACTIVE“; board game for the youth „Active citizenship“;

- Training for specialists, working with the youth – they will be introduced to the methods of active citizenship education. In total there are going to be 10 days of training for 200 specialists from 10 Lithuanian regions;

- Creative workshops for the youth, which include creativity-based activities, civic education and involvement in problem solving of local issues. In total there are going to be 25 workshops organised for 400 participants;

- Creation of an online platform „BeACTIVE – 100 ideas for Lithuania“;

- Festival of ideas „BEACTIVE“.

Implementation period: 15/10/2020 - 14/10/2023

Partners: Aukstelke School-Multifunctional Centre

Vilnius "Ateities" school

Granted amount: 121 499,08 Eur

Summary:

According to the PISA 2018 Survey, nearly half of pupils in Lithuanian schools do not feel part of the community, nor that they can influence school decisions. 

The project “Democratic Education-Based Practices in Lithuanian Schools” aims to implement democratic education-based practices that teach students civic education through daily practice in school, so that students can experience real democratic process of decision-making. 

The goal of the project is to create a civilly active society by implementing the principles of democratic education in Lithuanian schools. Objectives of the project: 

1) to introduce democratic education-based practices in schools that would enable students to become active members of the school community; 

2) to create conditions for students to "play out" the principles and processes of democratic society by participating in an educational MINI city game; 

3) to share civic education best practices with Lithuanian educators and parents. 

The main target group of the project is children aged 7-16, as well as educators, school administrators, parents of pupils. 

The project will implement the principles of democratic education (individual interview with class teacher, class meeting, school meeting, justice committee) in at least 20 Lithuanian schools. Students will be able to "play" the principles and processes of democracy in MINI city, where children will be the creators of the city. In this city, the children will create their own city government, they will be able to make money and spend it – in a shop, cafe or theater in the city. The lessons learned from the project and the results achieved will be presented at two national conferences on democratic education, aiming to show how civic education can be implemented through daily practice and that civic awareness is much closer to us all, starting with active participation in small daily public decisions.

Implementation period: 01/10/2020 - 31/12/2022

Partners: Public Enterprise “The Centre for School Improvement” 

Granted amount: 149 554,68 Eur

Summary:

Lithuanian society suffers from low-level of civic participation, lack of solidarity and trust among society members. Civic education, supposedly an integral part of school’s curriculum, has not delivered in 30 years. Most of the civic education initiatives were carried out on a short-term project basis and have not achieved a systemic effect. Up until the present day the quality of civic education depends entirely on the motivation and qualification of each teacher.

Unfortunately, the same can be said about the online educational VOD platform “Inconvenient Films Class” (www.nepatogauskinoklase.lt), which was founded by the applicant in 2016. Though it has a substantial educational material and almost 2000 registered users (teachers), the lack of resources do not allow to implement quality control of its practical use, teachers are left on their own and cannot receive human rights and media literacy training, which is essential in using film as an instrument for civic and human rights education. Thus, the platform fails to realize its full potential on structural level. Systematic changes can only take place when contemporary methods are used by motivated and qualified educators, inspiring civic activism among pupils.

The project “Inconvenient Films Class: Inspiring Systematic Change” aims to utilize existing VOD platform, converting it into a fully accredited programme for the development of professional qualification of teachers. A pilot group of 60 teachers from various regions of Lithuanian will receive a 40 hrs. long certified training, combining civic education, human rights and media literacy knowledge. Moreover, each teacher will also be given assistance (both by mentors and by 40 project volunteers), identifying social issues on class, community or town (country) level and taking practical steps in addressing those issues. Thus at least 1200 teachers and 60 teachers will engage into a voluntary civic activity, addressing issues, which they find important.

Implementation period: 01/11/2020 - 30/04/2023

Partners: Vellenes Fellesorganisasjon (Norway)

Bodø kommune (Norway)

Kaunas Technology University

Granted amount: 149 381,93 Eur

Summary:

This project is necessary because the urban development in Šančiai district does not meet the requirement of the Kaunas city master plan and violates the public interest. The project “GENIUS LOCI: urbanization and civil society” aims to solve the problem of uncoordinated and non-democratic urbanization in Kaunas Šančiai district, creating conditions for more active participation of citizens in democratic processes, strengthening and enabling active citizenship. The target group of the project consists of the residents of Šančiai and other interested groups in society.

Objective (s): Increased citizen participation in civic activities; stronger civil society capacity and greater sustainability.

Results: more actively involved citizens in civic activities and decision-making: members of the Šančiai community and interested society, youth, socially excluded groups (target value + 25%); the creation of a virtual community space enabling civic processes and an increase in the number of users of digital tools promoting public participation in civic activities (target value + 25%); creatively interactive spaces promoting the participation of the society in civic activities (target value - 4000); CSOs and public / private partnerships implemented (target value 15).

Implementation period: 24/09/2020 - 23/09/2023

Partners: Learn before You Vote

Association "Jaunimo laisvalaikis"

Klaipeda Youth Organizations Association Round Table 

Granted amount: 145 000,00 Eur

Summary:

In Lithuania, young people are among the most disinterested in politics and have a record low turnout in local government elections. The main reasons for this are: (1) the low-level of knowledge and practical skills of young people in politics; (2) the gap between politicians and young people; the negative image of politicians; (3) Insufficient number of political debates involving young people. Therefore, the primary target group of the project is 14-24-year-old young people in the regions who will become volunteers of the “Learn before You Vote” network and take active steps in their local areas.

“Learn before You Vote” is a network where young people from all over Lithuania join to volunteer in joint activities. It also include political scientists who help watchdogging politicians and journalists who moderate discussions and help volunteers select information about local politicians. In a large network, young people, which are supported by mentors and network coordinators, feel more self-confident in communicating with politicians and monitoring them.

The project aims to promote young people's active, informed and conscious participation in local government elections and local decision-making through the monitoring of elected politicians. 

Expected results of the project: 

1. Stronger network of volunteers in at least 50 Lithuanian municipalities, over 200 young people involved in quality civic activities; 

2. Increased civic knowledge and capacity of young people to participate in public life through non-formal civic education (3 new methods, 60 partnerships with educational institutions, 120 educational activities);

3. Increased and more informed participation of young people in pre-election activities and elections through a virtual platform and live discussions (1 online platform, 1 communication campaign, at least 60 debates);

4. More young people in 30 municipalities are involved in long-term policy monitoring and local decision-making (1 online platform, 1 communication campaign, 60 discussions).

Implementation period: 03/11/2020 - 02/11/2023

Partners: Red Cross Oslo – Kors på halsen (Norway)

Granted amount: 147 118,38 Eur

Summary:

This project will contribute creating emotionally safe and sustainable society for Lithuanian children and adolescents.

This project will contribute achieving the general objectives of the ACF - to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and empower vulnerable groups.

This project is addressed to achieve the ACF Program Outcome 1. Increased citizen participation in civic activities.

The main challenges of the chosen outcome area are:

- Insufficient number of “Child line’s” volunteers.

- Decreasing motivation of present volunteers.

The main objectives of the project are:

- to recruit sufficient number of new volunteers.

- to increase motivation of present volunteers.

Target groups of this project: TG1 - proactive civils (potential “Child line's” volunteers) – businessmen, influencers, media representatives; TG2 - parents, teachers, educators etc. TG3 – current volunteers and supervisors; TG4 – potential financial supporters and donators.

Expected outcomes of this project:

- implementing 2 awareness-rising campaigns will attract 200 candidates for volunteers.  

- after implementing 1 awareness-rising campaign 1,2% of income tax donations will increase 10 %. 

-  strengthened motivation of current volunteers by implementing 2 motivation volunteers' trainings (total number of participants 340 volunteers), 2 motivation supervisors (volunteers – volunteers' teachers) trainings (40 volunteers will be trained).

Implementation period: 02/11/2020 - 01/11/2023