List of NGOs
The mission of Karelian Education Development Fund is to promote new and efficient approaches to education of children and youth in the Republic of Karelia, to improve the efficiency of educational programs within fields of education and culture via cooperation with educational institutions, as well as administrative bodies. The Fund implements socially-oriented projects, renders administrative and expert support to education stakeholders, manages fundraising and charity activities. The Fund was founded in 2000 and since then has implemented over 35 projects in the field of education in partnership with national and international organizations, recieving funding from national and international funding instruments. KEDF has implemented several large-scaled international projects and is well-familiar with the requirements and procedures of Karelia CBC Programme. It has enough resources to ensure timely and proper inplementation of the project as Lead Partner in administrative, financial and organizational respects. The Fund has a wide cooperation network to ensure dissemination of project results throughout educational and cultural institutions of the Republic of Karelia, as well as ensuring participation of stakeholders in project activities. The staff is qualified and capable of planning and implementing the project, organizing communication and visibility of project results, and reporting.
Development Factory (former Ventspils Youth Council) is a youth organization (association), which uses non-formal education methods to help develop skills and competences of young people. We organize various types of events – training, seminars, camps, informative campaigns and workshops for young people (13-25 years old) about topics that are important for them –career, business, educational possibilities, health and healthy lifestyle, participation, politics, mass media, leadership and teamwork etc. Ventspils Youth council especially pays attention to develop youth leaders’ skills therefore promotes youth creativity, self-initiative, organizing ability, argumentation and public performance experience. Youth council participates in youth interest advocacy at local level being represented in Ventspils Council Youth Committee and other committees and work groups and at national level being a member of “The National Youth Council of Latvia” We have experience with different types of projects starting from local funding, up to EU cross-boarder projects and long term Erasmus+ and solidarity corps projects.
Riga German Cultural Society (Rigaer Deutscher Kulturverein- RDKV) was founded in 1988. Area of operation: Riga and regions of Latvia Its main purpose is to promote the integration of society; understanding, cooperation and friendship with all nationalities in Latvia; cooperation with other German associations in Latvia; study of German-Baltic cultural heritage in the field of culture and art; to promote the exchange of members of the Society, especially young people, with German and non-German representatives in the field of culture; to organize German language, cultural and art classes; to organize the Association's Song Ensemble concerts, especially charity concerts; to organize cultural events, recreation evenings, events to celebrate historical dates and events. For the past ten years, the Society has been specializing in youth integration / education / patriotism / personality development projects. Cooperation partners, supporters: RDKV has actively implemented various projects with co-financing from the Ministry of Culture, the Integration Secretariat, various foreign foundations and embassies. The Society is made up of activists and enthusiasts of integration, pedagogical and minority cooperation, and active organizers and participants of Latvian minority events. The vocal ensemble Morgenrot is active in the society.
Foundation in Support of Local Ties "Linking Foundation" - was established in 2014. The goals of the Foundation are to create socially useful activities for the benefit of the community as a whole: 1. Support the development of local ties and a civil society by creating and promoting the use of modern information and communication technologies. 2. Organize and support activities to improve the quality of life, security and development of local communities. 3. Initiate the co-operation of scientific research units, economic organizations, social organizations and local government units in the development and promotion of modern and innovative solutions supporting local communities in the fields of economy, culture, health, education and communication. The Foundation realizes its goals by: 1. Organizing, financing or co-financing internet and technological projects related to the Foundation's activities, 2. Support and promotion of interdisciplinary research in the field of social, economic and technical sciences and their implementation in cooperation with economic and self-government organizations, 3. Organizing, financing or co-financing trainings, seminars, conferences, lectures, workshops, courses, meetings, symposia and informational activities aimed at developing and promoting solutions supporting the aims of the Foundation, 4. Cooperation with self-government bodies, state bodies, legal and natural persons, associations and other foundations, both in Poland and abroad, 5. Conducting media and educational activities in the field of statutory purposes, conducting programs, actions and social campaigns promoting the Foundation's aims, 6. Extensive efforts to create optimal conditions for the emergence of new local initiatives - including the provision of on-site support, advisory, expert and training services, 7. Creating infrastructure and hardware resources for developing innovative products and services to support social, economic and cultural development initiatives on the local, regional and national level. 8. Organizing and financing volunteer recruitment and training.
The Environmental Center for Administration and Technology (ECAT-Lithuania) is the leading organization in Lithuania specializing in sustainable development policies at local and regional level, linking this work to enforcement of EU requirements and the implementation of sustainable development principles and established good practice. ECATs mission is to support, promote and strengthen the sustainable environmental activities in municipalities and local communities by providing a wide range of services. These include consultations, organizing events and international conferences, national and local seminars, mixed stakeholder meetings, training, campaigns, project development and management services. Our experts are experienced in climate change, sustainable urban mobility, air quality, waste and water management as well as sustainable consumption fields. ECAT has more than 20 years of experience working in national and international projects.
Urban platform "Agriculture club" is an art-community in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, that merges art-cluster, civil activists and citizens together. Once designed to be an art-space, the place turned into a point of attraction of active and non-indifferent сitizens. The development directions are diverse, although one common thing is that it is driven by a grassroot initiative. Many projects emerged as a suggestion of citizens with active social position who came to the art-space with an idea and developed it into a project with the help of volunteers. Mission of the club: to preserve an ability to think, comprehend and analyze in people, to give them the space for self-development and sane criticism, to maintain the connection to art, to teach empathy and compassion. All members of the club's team are volunteers. NGO Agriculture club exists with a help of citizens' endowments and grants. Organization is independent, it is not connected to any of political or religious organizations. NGO believes in freedom of speech and puts it among top of its values. Independence allows to realize projects that are connected to freedom of speech and human rights' protection in Russia. Most of the events and projects are interactive and allow for the guest to be heard. A voice of an individual is very important for the team of the club. Daily activities, concerts, seminars, lectures and even parties are not segregated on the basis of age. People of all generations feel comfortable is a cosy and friendly environment. Agriculture club is always open to new ideas and it fosters urban projects.
Centre for Visual and Performing Arts “ART Corporation” is a unique organization which is devoted to the realization of the major cinematographic, theatrical, exhibition and educational projects. We cooperate with cultural organizations all around the world. This cooperation makes it possible not only to show innovative performances and films in Minsk but also hold Q&A sessions with their creators and organize master classes of the best filmmakers and theatre professionals. The main objectives of the Institution: development and strengthening international relations and linkages in the fields of culture and arts; initiation and coordination of international and local programs, projects and activities in the fields of culture and arts; organization and creation international theatrical and cinema festivals by forming high cultural status of theatre and cinematography in Belarus and involving young talents into the industry.
NGO "Lifestory" works on the border between social researchers, scholars and the community, uniting professional researchers in oral history and volunteers. The association unites over 60 active members, who participate in fieldwork, workshops and training seminars. The cooperation between researchers and members of society has already resulted in the creation of the Latvian Oral History Archive. This collection consists of more than 4 500 life stories/biographic interviews – many of these life stories have been documented in the Latvian communities abroad, as well as in the ethnic communities in Latvia. We provide resources to all fields of academic research - sociology, social and cultural anthropology, linguistics, cultural and social history, ethnology, folklore, psychology, and it is also open for the wider community. The important task of the Association is to promote the skills and competence of its members in the form of adult education – learning and teaching interview work and biographical research methodology. The oral history collection gives a voice and a sense of empowerment to individuals, ethnic groups, and minorities, and helps them define their place in society and history.
The main areas of program activity of the Kashubian Folk University (KFU) focus on civic education, cultural (regional and intercultural) education and ecology. These are the pillars of almost all KFU’s educational and cultural activities, resulting both from tradition and the real challenges of the modern world. The general goal of KFU is to prepare students to be creative, aware citizens who care about their own development and development of the community they co-create. Perhaps the most important task since the establishment of the KFU is civic education. The social competences obtained by students in the KFU are an important complement to other competences (eg professional). Their usefulness is particularly visible in these periods when societies face new challenges related to democratization of public life, building a local community, etc. Many initiatives with which KFU appears every year testify to efforts to best fulfil this traditional KFU duty to the local and regional community. The Kashubian Folk University, preparing individual initiatives, thus maintains close ties with poviats and communes, listening to the needs of the communities concerned and animating training in the field of broadly understood civic education. Over the years, the institution has carried out many projects focused on the issues of local self-government and building the structures of a democratic state. In the last decade, KUL also dealt with the issue of improving journalist staff for the local press. The second of the most important tasks of the Kashubian UL is regional and intercultural education. It is associated with the necessity of constantly pointing to the need to live in harmony with the tradition of the region, but also to instill respect for and creatively multiply the achievements of communities living in the area of our Little Homeland. The KFU for years organizes artistic plein-airs, courses for non-professional artists, concerts, performances, annual folk ritual workshops, mediates in the exchange of artistic groups of the region with others, etc. Workshops supporting the disappearing fields of folk art are particularly strongly supported. Thanks to this, still vivid in the region are: embroidery, wood carving, weaving, pottery, plaiting or kinking. As a result, the facility succeeded, among others reactivate traditional Kashubian painting on glass. In its educational activities related to regional and intercultural culture, KUL seeks to combine tradition with modernity. The third pillar of the KUL's educational activity is ecology. On the one hand, this is due to the tradition of folk universities, where the necessity of living in harmony with nature has always been stressed. On the other - the facility is located in the Polish region, where significant areas of nature have been saved from degradation. Therefore, the activities in this area are focused mainly on creating a universal program of knowledge about the environment, shaping friendly attitudes towards nature and propagating pro-ecological ideas.
The Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland is a national non-governmental expert organization. The mission of the association is to serve as an expert, influencer, promoter, developer, and communicator of cultural heritage education and education of culturally sustainable development. The target is to strengthen the cultural competence of especially children and youth – information, skills, and experiences regarding diverse cultural heritage – and to support identity building, involvement in culture and society, and the fulfilment of cultural rights. The association provides educators and other professionals with information, material, expertise, ideas for activities, operating models, and new networks. The association co-operates with actors of education, culture, environment, and youth sectors. The partners of the association include the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of the Environment, the Finnish National Agency for Education, and the National Board of Antiquities as well as different organizations and associations, schools and educational establishments, museums, archives, World Heritage Sites, and many professionals and experts in different fields.