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Baltic Mini-Grant Program

Region: Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Author: ECOLOGIA
Consortium Member: ECOLOGIA Baltic Office
Status: Funded and Ongoing Budget: $35000 Collected: $35000 Needs: $0
Result: To support community groups in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to organize and implement their own projects. The average grant size to date is $644. Since 1993, 215 projects have been funded.
Donors: The Moriah Fund, Washington D.C.
and numerous match-funders both in the Baltics and in the US [1993 - 2003]
Comment: For complete details and information on the Baltic Mini-Grant Program, including individual descriptions of eight years of funded projects, please see ECOLOGIA's Baltic Mini-Grant website.


In 1993, ECOLOGIA began its Baltic Mini-Grant Program with support from The Moriah Fund (Washington, D.C.). The goal was to revitalize the grassroots environmental movements in all three Baltic countries, with small grants (under $1,000). After achieving their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Baltic economies were under severe strain. Non-governmental organizations that had rapidly emerged during the independence struggle began to disappear as funding dried up. ECOLOGIA's Baltic Mini-Grant Program supported environmental ggroups by encouraging local initiatives, and by providing opportunities for emerging new leaders to experience all the facets of community organizing and organizational capacity-building.

Rather than establishing new local offices to administer mini-grants, ECOLOGIA invited its colleagues to form a network of grant-making and monitoring Advisory Boards in each country. They invite, review and fund grant proposals between $100 and $1000 that enable community groups to plan and implement their own projects. Groups are encouraged to organize, to achieve visible short-term results, to strengthen voluntarism, and to build on their success by developing links to other sectors of their societies.

The Advisory Boards continue to evolve as autonomous and individual entities within the framework of the Mini-Grant Program. Participants in all four countries are currently working on Operating Fundraising, with the long-term goal of establishing a Baltic Environmental Endowment to sustain and expand the opportunities which this unique small grants program provides.

Our Estonian partner is "Ecologia Eesti", Tallinn ESTONIA.

Our Latvian partner is "Zala Briviba" (Green Liberty), Riga, LATVIA

Our Lithuanian partner is the Baltic Ecological Programs Office, Vilnius, LITHUANIA.

For more information on the Baltic Mini-Grant Program, including individual descriptions of eight years of funded projects, please see ECOLOGIA's Baltic Mini-Grant website.