De facto development: Support to CSOs Growth and Development

About the project

Civil society organisations (CSOs) are key actors in expressing the demands and needs of citizens and encouraging active citizenship. They need both, financial and non-financial support to continue their growth and contribution to building and fostering a democratic society.

This project aimed to build capacities of CSOs to be professional, effective, accountable and sustainable independent actors in the development of Montenegrin society. It consisted of three components: support to growth of emerging medium sized CSOs in Montenegro; support to growth of small sized local CSOs in Montenegro; and support to growth and development of civil society leaders.

During its implementation period, a Transformation Roadmap and CSO Development Index for (self)assessment of organisational growth and quality of work was created; and 3 Emerging Civil Society Leaders’ Forum (ECSLF) for advocating for enabling the environment of the civil society were established. Within the project was supported the establishment of the Youth Network of Montenegro. Also, a total of 22 small and medium sized CSOs were supported through sub-granting scheme:


I choose a healthy lifestyle

Šasko Lake – untouched resource of Ulcinj

Sound source

The environment is very important – let’s protect it urgently

Healthy and good connections

Protect nature, don’t waste energy


Initiative to suppress “imposed fate”

Use of Occupational Therapy – rolling wool in day care centers for children and youth with disabilities

Youth for youth

Volunteer, be a friend!

Women Matters


Active and Responsible for Themselves and the Community

Developing a Security System and access to Justice for the LGBTIQ Community”

By developing the capacity for better services in the Snail’s Shell

ALFA Center Volunteer Club

Improving the capacity and sustainability of the Center for the Children’s Rights of Montenegro

Improving Community Living Support Services using assistive technology

Strengthening the capacity of Ecological movement Ozon

Establishing a home-care assistance service for children and youth with disabilities and strengthening the capacity of Nardos

Improving the organisational capacity of Local Democracy Agency


Project name:
De facto development: Support to CSOs Growth and Development
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End time:
Fund for active citizenship-fAKT

Success story

De facto development: Support to CSOs Growth and Development

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Implemented by the NGO Monitor Center for Media and Democracy, with an aim to help reducing the level of peer violence against Roma youth. In order to raise awareness of peer violence against members of the Roma community, this sub-grant included production of several research articles. In the research process were also involved journalists from the Roma portal “Romalitika”.