TOGETHER Local CSOs Institutional Support Programme is being implemented by the Association of Civil Society Development Center (STGM), and financed by the European Union. The Programme is developed by STGM as a sub-granting modality within the framework of “Strategic Capacity Building of Local/Grassroots CSOs: ad hoc Support Mechanism” Project. This Project is planned under IPA II Civil Society Sub-sector, 2015 Annual Action Programme, and became operational in March 2017. The Project duration is 39 months, and the implementation period for TOGETHER Support Programme will be 24 months in total. Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for EU Affairs is the leading institution of civil society sub-sector under IPA II.
What is the programme’s objective?
The TOGETHER Programme, which is funded by the European Union with a view to improve civil society in Turkey, aims primarily at helping CSOs that conduct rights-based activities at the local level.
How do we support?
The programme, which was open for applications until January 2018, received a total of 419 from 53 provinces. After a 5-month review, 42 CSOs were chosen as beneficiaries of funding under the TOGETHER programme in line with budgetary considerations. Using the following link, you may access the list of CSOs, 35 of which were supported as part of Lot 1 (local CSOs), and 7 as part of Lot 2 (national CSOs).
The Programme’s Scope and Implementation
Under the Programme, local CSOs will receive maximum €30,000 in general operating grants, while national CSOs receive €36,500. They will also benefit from a 2-year institutional mentorship programme to help their institutional development.
The Programme, which draws on STGM’s 15-year capacity building experience, has been designed to be flexible enough to meet the various needs of these organisations. This aspect significantly sets it apart from other standard grant programmes. CSOs will be able to benefit from the grant support regardless of their project activities. As such, the TOGETHER programme will provide financing to cover their overheads, which have long been a significant problem, especially for local CSOs.
Additionally, the TOGETHER programme stands out, not just as a grant programme, but it also entails an institutional mentorship programme that provides guidance to CSOs. As part of this guidance element, two-year institutional capacity development programmes that will be designed in conjunction with the CSOs will be undertaken with direct funding.