We are very pleased to make the announcement of the open call results! With the aim of protecting unaccompanied children and vulnerable asylum seekers in Greece SOL Crowe in collaboration with HumanRights360 – acting as the fund operator for the programme – announce the results of the Οpen Call of the program “Asylum & Immigration.” The projects selected to be implemented came through an open call for proposals under the Asylum & Immigration Program. In order to complete the process, all participants and observers including the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Greece, the Financial Mechanism Office in Belgium as Programme Operator, UDI in Norway as Donor Partnership Partner, and in Greece: the National Focal Point, the Fund Operator, Selection Committee, Appeals Committee and the independent experts / scorers we thank them all as despite COVID-19 we were able to complete all the tasks!
Congratulations to all five NGOs soon to be project promoters in the EEA Grants community!!
- “FUTURA – For the Transition of Unaccompanied Children to Adult Life” Programme | implementing actor: International Rescue Committee Hellas – Scored: 82 project budget: € 1,722,661
*The project aims to provide 10 “Supported Independent Living” (SIL) apartments in Athens, with a capacity of 40 places to accommodate asylum seeking unaccompanied children aged 16 years old and above. IRC will provide quality accommodation and a holistic package of individualized support services to at least 120 UAC over a duration of 33 months.
- “One step forward – Housing structure for women asylum seekers and especially for mothers with children” Programme | implementing actor Doctors of the World | Hellenic Delegation – Scored: 80.5 project budget: € 994,875
*The project will be implemented in the center of Athens and its aim is to operate a new long-term open Accommodation Centre for vulnerable asylum seekers (single women or mothers with children, with focus on pregnant women, women with serious health problems, SGBV victims, VoTs etc.) with an individualized approach to the provision of services for 175 women and their children for 30.
- “DIAPLOUS” Programme | implementing actor: “ARSIS – SOCIAL SUPPORT OF YOUTH AGENCY” – Scored: 80.5 project budget: € 1,615,058
*The project addresses the lack of adequate accommodation places and services for Unaccompanied Minors (UAMs) and Women Victims of Violence and their children in Greece, by establishing 77 accommodation places in Northern Greece. The project foresees 12 apartments for unaccompanied minors close to the safe zones of Lagadikia, Diavata, Agia Eleni, Drama and Kavala, new accommodations places in the house of Arsis shelter in Thessaloniki and up to 4 apartments for vulnerable women in the urban area of Thessaloniki. In total, the project aims to cover 308 persons during 19 months of implementation.
- “HOUSE2” Programme |Implementing actor the Association of Care for Minors – Scored: 80 project budget: € 1,074,903
*The project aims to establish a new long-term accommodation center for 16 Unaccompanied Minors (UAM’s) in the center of Athens. It suggests the establishment of an innovative type of shelter of 12 unaccompanied boys at the age of 6-12 years old and 2 unaccompanied underage mothers with their children. 96 persons will be supported at a time range of 35 months.
- “Transitional Hosting Structures for Unaccompanied Minors in Samos & Chios” Programme | implementing actor METAdrasi – Scored: 80 project budget: € 2,224,503
*The project suggests the funding of 2 shelters in Samos and Chios. The organization’s approach to shelters is that they are a transit family: they offer a safe home while helping children prepare for adulthood. The project aims to support in total 280 persons in 40 months.
In addition, the proposal from «Allileggie Solidarity» Now was placed on the reserve list.
Representing the EEA Grants donor states, Mr. Frode Overland Andersen, Ambassador of Norway to Greece & Cyprus, states:
“Assisting Greece in supporting vulnerable asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors is an important priority for us. Norway and the donor countries currently contribute EUR 33 million to various projects on asylum and migration in Greece. An important aspect of our support is to assist Greek authorities directly in their efforts to handle migration. Expert staff and strategic advice are offered through amongst others the Norwegian Directorate for Migration (UDI). Working with Greek authorities and assisting Greece on migration is a priority for us and the developments over the last few months has shown that this effort remain acute and timely.