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Support of the European Union for the development of community services for children with disabilities and their families

© UNICEF Serbia / Media Center / 2010
Adriano Martins, Deputy Head of EU Delegation, Rasim Ljajic, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Judita Reichenberg, Area Representative, presenting new social inclusion grant scheme in Serbia.

New call for proposals

Belgrade, 17th November 2010 – The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia has announced a new Call for Proposals for the development of community services for children with disabilities and their families. The aim of this Grants Scheme is to support the development of services that can prevent institutionalization and secure the necessary support to parents, so that children with disabilities can remain living in their families.

The Call for Proposals is open to all municipal governments on the territory of the Republic of Serbia. The Grant Scheme may be utilized for establishing new services or for expanding and enhancing the quality of existing services. 

This Grants Scheme is a component of the IPA 2008 on Social Inclusion, which is financed by the European Union and implemented with the technical support of UNICEF in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. 

This Grants scheme prioritizes the development of four community services, which have been identified by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy as central for supporting families with children with disabilities. Priority is given to those services that cater for families with children with more complex and severe disability, as they are most at risk of institutionalization. 

These services include: 

  • Day care centres for children with disabilities
  • Home care services for families with children with disabilities
  • Supported living for youth with disabilities
  • Provision of respite care for families of children with disabilities

Two out the four prioritized services are new to Serbia. Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who may otherwise require permanent placement in a residential institution. Respite care allows for parents or foster-parents of children with disability to carry out other responsibilities, have a rest from their regular daily routines and is useful in instances of illness of a parent or sibling. The other innovative service, to be piloted through this Grant Scheme, is home-care services to for families with children with disability, where parents are secured with additional support within their home environment. 

The overall indicative amount, which the European Union has made available under this Call for Proposals, is three million Euros. Municipalities are requested to apply in clusters of a minimum of four municipal governments for developing a number of different services in the frame of a single grant. Any grant awarded under this Call for Proposals may fall between minimum amount of EUR 200.000 and  maximum amount of  EUR 400.000.

Through the technical assistance of UNICEF, which is financed by the European Union, municipal governments will receive on-going support provided by the Social Innovations Fund of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Republican and Provincial Institutes for Social Protection. This support is aimed at strengthening capacities for grants management, on the one hand, and increasing the quality of service provision, on the other. 

The maximum duration of the Action, under this Call is 24 months.  The deadline for submission of projects is 4th March 2011. The Guidelines for grant applicants are available on the internet-side of the Delegation of the European Union:

Information sessions on the Grants Scheme are to be held in 9 towns across Serbia, including the following: 

  • Belgrade, 17th November 2010
  • Niš , 22nd November 2010
  • Vranje, 23rd November 2010
  • Užice, 25th November 2010
  • Novi Pazar, 26th November 2010
  • Bor, 29th November 2010
  • Sombor, 1st December 2010
  • Novi Sad, 1st December 2010
  • Kragujevac, 3rd December 2010

For more information, please contact:

Srđan Radojević
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Social Innovations Fund)
Tel: 011/3242-262, 3241-463



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