Sensus – first free counseling center in Mostar

Iris Network member Centar za psihološku podršku Sensus will become the first free counseling center in Mostar for members of the LGBTI community. In addition to free psychological counseling for LGBTI, Sensus will also offer individual, family, and group counseling and psychotherapy.

Through counseling, they strive to create a safe space where their fellow citizens can receive support regarding their gender identity, sexual orientation, and other specific issues related to the lives of LGBTI people, but also to create educated psychotherapists who are sensitive to working with the community.

UG Osmeh – Iris Network small grant scheme

UG OSMEH is one of the 14 members of the Iris Network that are supported through a small grant scheme “𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝗖𝗦𝗢)”.

They will use the grant to raise the capacity of the Association in order to respond as efficiently as possible to the challenges of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Within the next two months, UG OSMEH will engage in surveying citizens and making the necessary analysis which will directly affect the quality of services provided, but also improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries.

Info session – “𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝗖𝗦𝗢)”

An info session was held today within small grant scheme “𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝗖𝗦𝗢)” in the scope of the project „IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management“- Financial support to the member organizations in Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

The framework of the grant scheme was presented, reporting as well as working procedures were explained.

We hope for good initiatives and the development of supported organizations!

Enhancing resilience for 14 local service providers in SEE

IRIS Network awarded 14 small grants under CfP “Enhancing resilience of Civil Society Organizations (CSO)”  in scope of the project „IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management“. IRIS network Project Evaluation Committee decided to support 14 out of  32 received applications in 5 project countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. 

Implementation of all supported projects starts on 5th March 2021 with a duration of two months. The grants aim to support IRIS members in capacity-building actions for the purpose of enhancing the organization’s abilities to develop adequate services, capabilities, and skills as a response to the pandemic crisis.

As IRIS Network members are facing unprecedented challenges from COVID-19 and the strain on the services and resources they provide is tremendous, this Grant Scheme is taking proactive steps to protect the Network members, support their ongoing activities and assist them to cope with current hardships as much as possible. Project proposals shall aim to produce an added value to the “IRIS Networking” project’s efforts in this domain.

Iris network would like to congratulate all of its member organizations who received grants, but also to thank all applicants who sent us their proposals. The final list of all organizations that received grants can be found in the following table.