The EBRD Community Initiative

EBRD Community Initiative donates medicine for staff and patients to the National Centre for Maternity and Childhood Protection in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The EBRD Community Initiative funded the purchase of medicine for the National Centre for Maternity and Childhood Protection in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

The EBRD Community Initiative was established in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of the EBRD’s founding. It provides a framework for the engagement of staff and the institution in philanthropic, social and cultural activities in the countries where we work.

Matched giving

The Community Initiative matches funds raised by the EBRD staff in support of local charities and philanthropic activities in the countries where we invest.

The Community Initiative aims to support staff fundraising activities in three main areas:

  • Humanitarian and Disaster Relief;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • Education.

To be eligible for the matched funding by the Community Initiative, staff initiatives need to involve at least 10 staff members and to mobilise a minimum sum of € 3,000. All staff donations are matched equally by the Community Initiative with a maximum overall sum for each beneficiary of €50,000.

The staff donations and the matched funding by the Community Initiative have helped to:

i. open pre-primary community schools and community centres to provide education to vulnerable children;
ii. support children with oncological and rare diseases;
iii. promote the economic inclusion of people with disabilities;
iv. and provide help to refugees and internally displaced people.

Some of the Community Initiative beneficiaries to date include:

EBRD Community Initiative is supporting PeacePlayers in Cyprus with a donation of 50,000.

Building relationships now and for the future,Turkish-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots are mixing on the basketball court, with help from PeacePlayers International - Cyprus.

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Other activities

The Community Initiative also supports a number of events and activities related to arts and culture and targeted charitable projects in conjunction with the EBRD’s Annual Meetings.

EBRD Literature Prize

The EBRD Literature Prize celebrates a translated work of contemporary literary fiction from the countries where the EBRD works, as a means of making the literature and culture of these countries better known to the staff of the Bank and the wider public. The Prize also serves to draw attention to the diversity and creativity of our regions.

Can I apply to the Community Initiative on behalf of my organisation?

Only EBRD staff can propose charitable organisations or NGOs as candidates for support from the matched giving scheme. We do not accept applications from non-staff. 

Contact the EBRD Community Initiative