Building capacities of people, as individuals and in association, to participate fully and actively in the life and governance of their society, through grantmaking and learning opportunities, is our main pillar of work. At the heart of fAKT is the idea that local people and groups are best placed to respond to local challenges. Grantmaking is therefore our key development tool: grants to local groups empower them to address a range of local needs.

Citizen Action grant program was launched in October 2008 (with Rockefeller Brothers Fund support), with the aim of encouraging and supporting civic engagement and activism in community problem-solving and decision-making processes. By making small grants (up to 4.000 EUR) to community based groups and organizations which are normally out of the sights of larger donors, we allow funding to get much closer to the ground and to the people who best know how to address their needs. Since October 2008, we have awarded grants for 43 projects, in the amount of more than 140,000 EUR (by the end of 2010).

Through Social Transition grant program[1], we support the process of social transition in the country, providing funding and technical assistance to local community-based non-governmental, non-profit organizations that are active and creative in addressing social care issues. Since February 2008, when fAKT became fully operational as a local foundation, 434,425 EUR was awarded for 32 projects (grants ranging from 4.000 to 20,000 EUR) by the end of 2010.

[1] The program in Montenegro was launched late 2005, by BCIF. It is supported by Cooperating Netherlands Foundations for Central and Eastern Europe – CNF CEE.