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.
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;
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:
- SOS Children’s Villages in Greece
- Mercy Volunteer Society in Kazakhstan
- Children’s Hospice in Georgia
- Zakoura Foundation in Morocco
- Kids Care Charity in Bulgaria
- Turk Egitim Vakfi (TEV) in Turkey
- Lantuun dohio NGO in Mongolia
- Peshraft in Tajikistan
- Care for Kosovo Kids (CfKK) in Kosovo
- Coopera in Ukraine
- Help the Children – SKD in Kyrgyz Republic
- Lighthouse Children’s Hospice in Russia
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.