Program Announcement: “Points of Support”

The TIMA Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Hellenic Hope charity organization, issued, in July, 2015, an open call for the “Points of Support” program, which is addressed to private nonprofit and volunteer organizations working in the area of social welfare. The program will provide grants of up to €5,000 for projects aimed at promoting innovation and improving effectiveness, as well as maximizing social impact in the field of nonprofit organizations.

The three main evaluation criteria that will be taken into account are:
1.   The originality of the idea.
2.   The social impact of the suggested project.
3.  Effectiveness coupled with the multiplier benefits of the suggested project.

In addition, important factors that will be taken into account during the evaluation process are: collaborations with third parties, sustainability of the suggested project’s outcomes, and size of the organization, prioritizing those that employ a smaller number of human resources. The evaluation committee will consist of representatives from all three foundations.

Terms and Conditions for Eligibility:

The “Points of Support” program accepts applications from nonprofit legal entities, such as non-governmental organizations, nonprofit civil partnerships, volunteer associations, etc, which are involved in bolstering and supporting vulnerable groups in Greece. The grants provided will be up to €5,000 for each project and the maximum timeframe for each project’s completion will be one year.

Specifically, the “Points of Support” program will fund organizations that:
Implement projects in support of vulnerable groups facing conditions of disease, anxiety, abuse, hunger, poverty and deprivation, as well as any type of disability.
Have a proven track record of successfully utilizing small-scale grants to improve the everyday lives of their beneficiaries.

Note: Applications aimed at covering payroll expenses or co-funding larger projects where the “Points of Support” grant will have marginal contribution are less likely to be approved for funding.

The “Points of Support” program will not fund:
Projects related to religious activities.
Scholarships, fees or similar expenses.
Coverage of deficits or debt repayments.
Projects with a starting date earlier than the beginning of the funding.
Projects with a starting date later than February 1st, 2016.
Expenses not explicitly defined.
Operational expenses not related to the project’s implementation.

What happens once you submit your application?

Once you submit your application, you will receive an automated email response confirming that your application has been successfully received and containing information on the next steps of your application and the timeframe of the process.
Following the email response, the management team will conduct an initial examination of the application to ensure that it contains all the necessary information required for its evaluation.
Within one month of the public call deadline, the organizations approved during the first stage of the evaluation will be invited to take part in a discussion/interview over Skype. The aim of this discussion is to provide deeper insight into the project.
All applicants will be informed of the evaluation committee’s final decision via email.
In the event that your application is approved, the evaluation committee reserves the right to set certain conditions for the implementation of the grant, such as indicatively, supplementary information about the project or necessary changes in the implementation procedure.

Access the Application here:
Application Deadline: 15 September 2015, 17:00