CAL has compiled local government responses to SCO project tenders in the second half of 2020
11.08.2020

CAL conducted a survey of local governments on planned project competitions for (new) non-governmental organizations, citizens' initiatives and local community activities in order to identify what support mechanisms local governments intend to implement in the second half of 2020, including project competitions held in 2021 and using 2021 budget. One of the reasons for conducting such a survey was the desire to find out whether local governments plan to support SCOs also in the Covid-19 crisis and post-crisis period. Although only 52 out of 119 municipalities provided answers, the answers provided give an idea.

A total of 37 municipalities out of 52 answered that a project competition for SCOs is still planned this year, 16 municipalities answered in the negative. The reasons for not providing funding in the second half of 2020 are different. It is mainly stated that no additional project tenders are planned, because they were organized according to the previously planned procedure before the crisis.

When asked about specific support for overcoming the Covid-19 crisis, only 2 municipalities indicated that additional support had been provided or was planned. That is, for the residents of Grobiņa municipality, who have found themselves in a difficult material situation due to measures to limit the spread of Covid-19, the staff of Grobiņa municipality council in cooperation with the charity organization "Tabitas sirds" organizes the campaign "People for people in Grobiņa municipality". In turn, Valmiera City Municipality indicated that it has planned to create an annual Project tender, emphasizing the provision of funding to reduce the consequences caused by Covid-19.