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Bulgaria: Funding to support children and families affected by COVID-19

As a response to the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bulgarian Donors Forum, the National Network for Children and the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation have launched the new Programme Iris which aims to support vulnerable children and their families. The programme is particularly focused on covering their basic needs and reducing the risk of separation between children and parents in the tough conditions of the pandemic, as well as the economic crisis.

Iris is going to finance Bulgarian not-for-profit initiatives proposed by not-for-profit organisations, community centres ("читалища") and informal groups of a minimum of five people with funding up to 10 000 EUR per project. The final beneficiaries could be Bulgarian or foreign citizens. The proposals are accepted on rolling bases and every 10 days newly-awarded projects will be announced until all available funds are distributed. All information is available here

The programme currently allocates 317 000 EUR to respond to the most urgent needs. However, fundraising for Iris is continual so that it is able to support even more children and families in need. See the possibilities to donate here.